Are You Inviting Termites
Termites do have a place in the environment and have been an important part of our ecological systems since the beginning of time. Termites infest dying trees and speed up the natural cycle of deterioration - allowing for new growth to begin.
Make Them Unwelcome
The first thing to do is to make your home a poor candidate for infestation. In general, the goal is to reduce moisture and organic matter around your home, and to prevent wood fiber from making contact with the ground.
How Termites Get In
Once termites have discovered your house, they will search it for
food - wood fiber. They will squeeze through cracks as narrow as
the thickness of a sheet of paper. Expansion joints, foundation
cracks, tiny gaps around plumbing, and electrical service entries
are all opportunities for termites to enter your home. In homes
with basements, they can enter where the floor and walls meet, and
through small openings in the walls themselves.
Look For Signs
Termites often leave some evidence of their presence. Look for small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, or sagging doors or floors. Insect wings are another sign, as termites shed their wings when they swarm.
Look, too, for the shelter tubes termites build to serve as their passageways across masonry or along pipes.
Keep in mind, though, just because you don't see any termites or termite damage, that doesn't necessarily mean they're not there. That's why it's important to have a professional inspection of your home to ensure it's termite-free.