What are termite hot spots?
Termite hot spots are the places termites like to go in your home causing hundreds of dollars or more in damages if not detected early. Understanding where to look for signs of termites and having a reliable, professional pest elimination company are keys to keeping termite damage to a minimum.
These pests need cellulose, moisture, and warmth to survive making your home a great place to set up camp. Cellulose is most commonly found in wood but when that food source runs out, termites turn to plants and paper for their meals.
Common Termite Hot Spots
Termites can sneak into your home virtually undetected in cracks as thin as a dime making it important to get a termite inspection and check your home for signs of termites especially in these areas:
- Foundation – Termites are looking for entry points to the wood of your home making small cracks in the foundation a common point of entry. Check around the foundation of your home for termite mud tubes especially in areas where water collects. These tubes look like lines of dirt and can appear inside or outside the home.
- Roof and Windows – While the foundation is one of the most common places to discover a termite infestation, it’s also a good idea to check around the roof and windows as these areas are framed with wood, a termite dining favorite.
- Wood pile, chips, and mulch – Keep the wood pile, chips, and mulch at least a few feet from your house to detract termites. They love the moisture and will make a meal out of the wood outside and inside the home.
- Moisture – Check around hoses, pools, air conditioner run-off, and under sinks for signs of termites and other pests. The heat of the summer draws them to places where they can get water and closer to their favorite food sources.
- Neighborhood – Termites don’t understand fences and property lines. If your neighbors have termites in their yard or home, it’s a sign that you might too and it’s time to call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest.
Regular inspection of the outside and inside of your home for signs of termites is an effective way to detect them early.