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A Little Bit About Termites


    
Termites: There are three types of Termites found mostly in todays homes: Subterranean, Formosan, and Dry-wood Termites, and all three can cause a lot of damage to a home; add thousands of dollars in treatments, and repairs. Termites cannot distinguish between the wood that makes up your home and the wood that makes up a tree. However, once in the home, they work twenty-four hours a day and spread to any part of the home. Because they feast on wood, paper, wallpaper, carpeting, and other fibrous materials, no home is safe from their damaging effects unless preventative measures are taken to discourage infestation. There are numerous causes as to why termites enter the home.
Prevent these three from happening, you prevent your chances of Termite infestation.

3 main reasons are moisture, wood, and soil.
     
Moisture: Termites are attracted to areas where moisture accumulates in and around your home. Keep your gutters clean. Wet leaves provide moisture and food for pests, and since gutters are attached to your home, it’s an easy entry point. Clogged gutters can also contribute to moisture problems by soaking wood off the roof and fascia board.  Termites, as any other creature, needs water to survive. Damp wood is a perfect source of moisture and food.
     
Wood or cellulose : Termites will eat any kind of wood, mulch, rotting wood, new wood, painted wood, and treated wood. They will even eat wallpaper and shelf paper. Many termite infestations result from structural wood being in direct contact with the soil. Earth-to-wood contact provides termites with easy access to food, moisture, and shelter, as well as direct, hidden entry into the building. Termites are very attracted to odors of wood-decaying fungi, and can eat about fifteen pounds of wood a week.
    
Soil: Moist soil is important to termites, which have very little resistance to dehydration. To survive, they must maintain contact with the soil (their primary moisture source). Termites foraging for food above ground protect themselves with shelter tubes, which are sometimes called mud tubes. Worker termites build the tubes from particles of mostly soil and bits of debris held together by salivary secretions.

     


   

    


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