How Termites Get Into Your Home:
Termites need food (cellulose such as wood), moisture and warmth to survive.
Wood building materials in and around homes – from the basement to the crawl space to the attic – can provide the ideal food source for these wood-destroying insects.
Common construction conditions around homes, including areas of insufficient grading that allow puddles to form near the foundation and air conditioning units that create run-off moisture, can offer sufficient moisture for termite colonies.
Subterranean termite colonies live underground. They typically enter homes at ground level or below, but they can build mud tubes to enter spots several feet above ground level.
One of the most common ways termites get in your home is through wood-to-ground contact, including doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps or supports. Subterranean termites also enter homes through cracks in the foundation and cracks in brick mortar. Sometimes, they even use the holes in concrete blocks to travel through foundation walls.
Drywood termite infestations typically begin when swarmers (alates) locate a crevice in the wood of your home, dig out a little nest and seal themselves inside. Then, they begin producing eggs to build their colony. Within a couple of years, this colony can grow to a size capable of causing serious wood damage in your home.
Should you have your home inspected for termites?
Termite damage far exceeds damage caused to homes by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding and is rarely covered by homeowner insurance policies.
If you're buying a home, a certified termite inspection will allow you to identify a termite problem before you have to pay thousands to fix it.
If you're selling a home, a termite inspection can help you get termite damage fixed and put that cost into the sale price of your home. Termites are a silent pest that can infest a home for years without detection. If you go to sell your home and find out you have termites, the buyer may demand you have the termite damage fixed before they will close.