Termites can be a serious threat. They have the capacity to compromise the integrity of building structures.
Most domestic buildings are traditionally constructed with timber stud frames and building loads from rooftop to ground are supported by these frames.
Here are a few factors that can put a home at greater risk. Prevent these and you reduce your risk of termite infestation.
- When gutters clog or break it can allow water to run down pooling besides of the building. Excessive moisture leads to exterior wood decay. This is an attraction for termites as it provides food source & water.
- When exterior hoses leak or water accumulates from other sources, it can cause the perimeter of a home to be saturated with water. This is attractive to termites.
- Termites are blind and never stops foraging therefore when timber debris and materials in contact with the soil it makes it easier for termites to breach into the building. When they come in contact with a foundation wall, they can create mud leads in order to feed on the timber above the foundation.
- Leaf litter and other organic debris can create conditions for moist soil and attract termites.
- Any wood product that is kept near exterior walls or foundations will invite termites.
Commonly asked questions about Termites
Do swarming termites mean infestation?
Termite swarmers emerging from tree stumps, wood piles, fences and other outdoor locations does not always mean that your home is infested but it is an indication there are termite activities near your home. … Again, if you see swarming termites inside your home, it is a strong indication that you have an infestation.
What attracts termites in the house?
Termites are attracted to moisture and there is usually plenty of moisture in the soil upon which your foundation is built. Get rid of any decayed lumber or firewood, which termites prefer over sound wood. Warm, dark places: Termites prefer moist, undisturbed places such as crawl spaces.
What time of year do termites swarm?
Subterranean termites “swarm” as the weather begins to warm, usually at the beginning of spring after a rain event. They are a group of termites looking to begin their own, new colony. Not all termite species swarm at the same time, but for a swarm to occur, the weather must be warm, often following a rain. Generally, swarming occurs in the period of September to November & March – May each year… now is good time to have your home inspecte