Just How Do Termites Get Into a Home?
Depending on the type of species of termite there are a number of ways they can achieve access to your home. Subterranean termites who live in the ground come up through a crack in a foundation or on the exterior of your home. Drywood termites, one of the most threatening termite species can gain access through just about any point of your structure.
Subterranean Termite Entry Points
Subterranean termites usually gain access to your from underneath due to a crack in the foundation or if your home is raised off the ground by building much to his that reach the wood flooring. Most people are not familiar with how subterranean termites live. This species of termite’s lives inside the ground they only come up the find wood to eat and then return to the colony underground. If your home has any kind of wood siding or foundation subterranean termites can find their way into it. It is always a good idea to check the perimeter of your home for little mud tubes that extend from the ground up the side of your home. This is an indication that subterranean termites have made it into your structure.
If your home is built on a raised foundation this is normally indicated by having a crawlspace under your home, subterranean termites usually will gain access in this area. Again look for mud tubes that raise up from the ground and are attached to the under part of the flooring of your home.
Drywood Termite Entry Points
Because Drywood termites live inside the wood and not
in the ground your whole structure is at risk of being an entry point. The most common entry points for Drywood termites are under the eaves of your home’s roof. Usually this is the most neglected area for maintenance by a homeowner. Any small crack or opening is inviting to a Drywood termite. Once inside the female termite lays eggs and start to colony they do this by drilling a small hole into a piece of wood and laying their eggs. Once he a patch the baby termites start eating away at the wood. The more eggs that are laid, and hatched the larger the colony grows.
Drywood termites are also known to gain access to a structure through an open door, open window or an external door frame with unprotected wood around. We talk about unprotected wood as wood that is not properly sealed or painted to prevent termites from drilling into it. The best way to protect your home from a termite infestation is to keep it freshly painted every few years and seal all cracks with the quality wood sealant.
It’s always a good idea to protect your home from termite infestation by coating your attic area with Amorphous Silica Gel to prevent termites from ever starting a colony in that area. Home Saving Termite Control has been installing amorphous silica gel in Southern California homes for over 18 years. It’s a scientific fact that Amorphous Silica Gel makes wood virtually termite proof. For more information about Amorphous Silica Gel and the Home Saving Dehydration DrI-Out product visit us online. Since 1965 home saving termite control has been serving Southern California as one of the leading termite elimination and prevention companies.
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