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The Trick To Spotting Termite Trouble Around Your Seabrook Home

March 15, 2022

Termites are every homeowner's worst nightmare. They will come into your home, undetected, and slowly chew away on the structural wood. Before you know it, your home will be teaming with termites. By the time you realize you have a termite problem, they may have already caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to your Seabrook home. This why effective pest control in Seabrook is important.

Termites cannot survive out in the open; they stay hidden as they silently chew away at your home. All they need to grow their colony is a little bit of moisture and time. Unbeknownst to you, termites will take advantage of the smallest moisture problem, whether it's a leaky pipe or a humid crawlspace. They may even supply their own moisture from the ground as they travel from their nest to your home.

In the end, it's important to stay proactive. Exercising preventative measures may save your family thousands of dollars. At the very least, being proactive will provide you and your family peace of mind. Today, we're going to discuss why termites are attracted to a home and how to spot termite activity.

What Attracts Termites To My Seabrook Home?  

Though you do your best to maintain your home, there are several conditions that you may not be aware of that make your property appealing to termites.

These include: 

  • Contact between dirt and the foundation of your home: If there is a planter bed, pile of dirt, wood chips, or bark that rises above the foundation and contacts the building, then your property is at a higher risk of termite invasion.
  • Avoid stacked firewood leaning against the exterior of your home: Termites behave like ants. Once they get a foothold and establish themselves on your property, they can do a lot to control their immediate environment. A stack of firewood against the side of the house greatly increases their chances to thrive. This is not a huge problem in Seabrook because we don't all use firewood on account of our mild winters, but stacks of old building material or tree stumps next to the building are advantageous for termites.
  • Check for cracks in the foundation: Cracks under your flooring are perhaps the number one way for termites to thrive in your home, especially without being noticed. If you are worried about cracks in your foundation, the experts at Men In Black Pest Control can inspect your property for possible termite entry points.  
  • Look for areas with abnormally high humidity: We have very hot summers in Bexar county. A lot of us use swamp coolers or AC units to cope with this ridiculous heat. These methods of cooling our home drain off enough condensation to encourage termites.  
  • Survey your home for past or existing water damage: Increased levels of moisture attract termites. If you've had any water damage since your last termite inspection, call us right away because there is a much higher chance that your property will attract termites.

What Are Signs Of Termite Damage?

Even though the only sure way to identify termites is through an inspection done by an experienced professional, there are some subtle indicators of a termite problem.

  • Termites create mud tubes spanning from the ground to your home. These are called termitaria, and they might happen behind dense plants or hedgerows against the house, but most happen in crawl spaces under blocked-ucrawlspaces.
  • Termites create excess moisture in the home, causing paint or wallpaper to peel.
  • Structural failure. If a floor collapses or feels spongy underfoot, a section of ceiling falls, or a wall gives way, you just might see the actual termites that have made themselves comfortable inside your home. 

Keep Your Home Safe With Men In Black Pest Control

Termites are not something you can easily identify. By the time you see the signs, they have already caused significant damage to your home. Fortunately, the pest control experts at Men In Black Pest Control know how to identify termite attractants as well as signs of infestation. If you are worried about termites, reach out to us today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and schedule a home inspection.