3 Major Factors Encouraging Termite Infestation

8 July 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When termites infest your home, many homeowners rush to find termite control methods. To effectively eliminate termites from your space, you need first to find out what attracted them to your yard, house, or garden. Once you have the answers, you can pick an effective termite control method to push them out permanently.

If you offer favorable conditions for termite infestation, it may be futile to apply various control methods every time they appear. Here are some major factors promoting termite infestation that you need to avoid.

Direct Contact of Wooden Part of the House with Soil or Dry Leaves

Wood is one of the main termite attractions in homes and backyards. However, termites rarely attack well-preserved and stored timber or wood. If your house has wood lingering to the surface and has direct contact with moist soil on the ground, termites will become a perpetual bother. 

The situation is even worse when you're contending with subterranean termites. This type of termite makes tunnels connecting their nests to the food source using wet soil or mud. Once they find timber connecting them to your home, they'll easily make their way into your house within days and cause even more destruction. Ensure any wooden part that's exposed isn't covered by soil, mulch, or dry leaves to minimize the chances of termite attack.

Moist Wood

If you're storing wood in your garage, store, or backyard, moisture can easily get to the wood from any direction. It could be rainwater that has sneaked into the room or water leaking from the roof. Regardless of the source of water or moisture, storing wood in a moist place can attract termite habitation. 

Damp wood termites are the main culprits here. They'll invade the moist wood and build their nests before they start chewing away your wood. If not detected on time, these termites can cause devastating damage. Always ensure your wood remains dry while in-store. Check regularly for potential leaks and water penetration to ensure no water gets into the wood.

Cracks and Fissures in Your House Foundation

Many things, like furniture, are made of wood; byproducts of wood like books and papers that you keep in your home are tangible reasons for termites to want to get into your home. If they get any cracks and fissures that would lead them straight in, they won't hesitate to take the chance.

If the subterranean termites discover these cracks, it becomes easier for them to build mud channels into your home. Once there, they'll feed on anything made of wood in slow operations that you may not quickly discover. You should check around your house to ensure there are no cracks and loopholes that would easily allow termites into the house.