Is Your Home at Risk for Termites?
Here in the North Bay & East Bay Area, termite problems are a constant threat for homeowners. Many people are under the assumption that termites only infest wood homes, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Termites are attracted to many things in or around your property, not strictly wood. This makes it important to learn how to make your home less at risk for termites. This Termite Awareness Week, the experts at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control are here to share a termite risk assessment for your Bay Area home.
Are All Homes At Risk for Termites?
It is a myth that termites only infest wood homes. This is because there are many things that are attractive to termites, as long as it contains cellulose. This puts your drywall, flooring, deck, porch, mulch, or even wallpaper at risk of being infested with termites. So while a brick home may be more difficult for termites to enter, once inside, they can still infest many items. For this reason, it’s smart to always work with a professional who can pinpoint what may put your home at risk for termites and keep you safe from infestations.
Termite Risk Assessment
No matter the structure of your home, you could be at risk for termites. The three biggest contributing factors to what makes your home attractive to termites are as follows.
- Moisture problems.
- Subterranean termites in particular are attracted to moisture, especially in soil. Standing water or excess moisture will invite termites to take up residence in your home. Always fix leaks, broken sprinkler systems, downspouts, and clogged gutters to ensure your are protected from moisture problems.
- Foundation problems.
- Termites will take advantage of structural vulnerabilities, no matter whether your home is wooden or brick. A crack in the structure of your property allows for termites to easily build mud tubes upon it. Frequently inspect your home for cracks and make repairs as needed. Look for other issues that could contribute not just to termite problems, but all sorts of pest problems!
- Wood in contact with the soil.
- Even homes that aren’t made of wood can have siding, decks, porches, fences, posts, and more that contain wood. Any wood that comes into contact with your home’s exterior is at risk for termites. For this reason, avoid storing firewood on the ground near your property. Remove decaying logs or stumps, and avoid mulch. Trim back trees to avoid branches coming into contact with your home.
Year-Round Protection Against the Risk of Termites
No one wants to learn their property is at risk for termites. However, working with a professional termite exterminator can ensure your home is protected against infestations year-round. Contact the termite control experts at The Hitmen today to get started!