Subterranean and drywood termites are some of the most destructive pests in the United States. These termites will cause significant damage to homes each year, with repairs costing billions of dollars. To avoid termite damage, it’s important for every Florida homeowner to understand and recognize what termites are attracted to in the first place and what measures you can put in place for termite prevention.
What Attracts Termites?
All termite types are attracted to one thing: wood. Firewood and mulch found on properties is a major attractant to termites and can provide access to our homes. When you’re storing firewood, make sure it’s not leaned up against the home, and instead, place it at least 20 feet away. For extra precaution, consider storing firewood and other wood in plastic containers with lids, and placing it off the ground.
All termites need water to survive and will search everywhere until they get it. Having excess moisture around your home will create an ideal environment for subterranean termites to habitat. It’s important to eliminate moisture that’s not necessary inside and outside the home. Inspect your home for leaks and repair them if needed, check AC units for water drips, and divert rainwater away from your home. Additionally, consider enclosing your crawlspace to reduce moisture, decrease humidity, prevent mold, wood rot, and prevent other household pests.
What Are Common Termite Infestation Signs?
When determining if there is a termite infestation, there are several signs of termites that homeowners should be aware of, including:
- Bubbling or peeling pain that resembles water damage
- Hearing faint, clicking noises, or knocking sounds behind your walls
- Damage to the wood around your home, such as on your fence, porch, patio, or deck
- Discarded wings left near doors or windowsills to indicate there are swarmers present
- Spotting mud tubes around your home, which is a major sign of a subterranean termite infestation
If you’ve noticed these signs or are interested in termite protection, consider reaching out to your local Florida pest control company. Termite professionals will inspect the interior and exterior of your home, looking for termite activity, signs, and damage. They will then present you with the best termite control and prevention options that are best for your termite situation.