Why Do Homes Get Termites?
Termites are silent home-killers. Experts estimate that termites cause over $5 Billion in damages every year. You likely won’t notice them until it’s too late, and they can cause thousands in damage. Many a homeowner’s worst nightmare is discovering the presence of termites in their home, especially if they didn’t receive treatment and coverage from a pest control company.
Even though these critters have such a significant impact on people, few know very much about them except for their destructive tendencies. Let’s take a closer look at termites to discover why and how termites get into homes, as well as treatment and prevention plans offered by us at Heron Home & Outdoor!
Reasons Termites are Drawn to Homes
No animal or insect will invade your home without cause. They simply follow their natural instincts to find optimal conditions for survival. It is no different in the case of termites. If you can learn more about what attracts them to homes, you can help guard yours against an infestation.
- Dampness: subterranean termites require moisture to survive and to digest their food, so any leaks or standing pools of water in or around your home make the perfect environment for them
- Cellulose: termites primarily eat cellulose, which is a main component of wood and plants. If your home has any wood-based structural component exposed to the ground, termites will be drawn to it as an excellent food source.
- Warmth: you will often find mud tubes built by termites, and these are used to trap in moisture and heat. Termites are also found more often in warm, damp climates like the southeastern United States.
Most worker subterranean termites are blind, so once they stumble upon a good, moist area with an abundant food source, they will remain until it is used up. They will make their way into homes through exposed wood, roofs, or even cracks in the foundation.
Heron Termite Treatment
Because they come up from underground, termites can be nearly impossible to detect. That’s why it is always wise to get termite prevention treatment on your home before the insects ever make their way inside.
The pest control experts at Heron Home & Outdoor can protect your home from the sneaky subterranean termites by using Sentricon. In fact, if termites do damage your home anytime up until 10 years after your Sentricon treatment, we will cover the damages up to $1 Million! Contact us today for your free same-day inspection.
Why Do Homes Get Termites? in Orlando FL and surrounding counties
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