Termite Finder: 5 Places Termites Could Be Hiding

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • June 25, 2018

Termites could be hiding in these five areas of your home–and you wouldn’t even know.

Termites can hide and wreak havoc in a home for quite a while before they’re discovered. There may be little to no warning signs of a termite infestation until it’s too late.  That’s right! Your home could have a termite infestation right now, and you might not know it. 

Unfortunately, when termites move in, it’s you who has to foot their grocery bill–which can cost thousands. In fact, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year!

Detecting infestations early is important. A Queen termite can produce up to a 1000 bugs a day, so early detection can make all the difference in the amount of damage done.

Here are five areas of a home where termites tend to make themselves comfortable…. but often get overlooked.

1. Deck, balcony, porch, veranda, pergola

Areas of your home that are for one, built of wood, and two, have contact with the ground attract the species of termites that travel through underground tunnels in search of food. Decks, balconies, porches, verandahs, and pergolas make for a perfect termite meal (and dwelling). These areas are especially at risk if their wood is not pressure treated, thoroughly sealed, or painted.

*Be sure to check support beams which are often out of sight (like below the deck), and may be deteriorating without notice. If you live in an area prone to termite activity, consider outdoor living options like stone or cement patios instead of wood.

2. Attic

An attic is an ideal place for a termite colony. With exposed wooden structures like ceiling rafters and structural beams everywhere you look, and cardboard boxes full of paper and photos (a good source of termite food)… one thing is for sure, termites will never go hungry and always have a cozy place to sleep in the attic

*Make repairs to your roof as soon as possible to prevent termites from having entry to your attic. Also, using plastic boxes to store things in your attic will cut down on at least one of their food sources.

3. Garden

Not many think to check their gardens or yards for termites. But the truth is, termites see the tree stumps and wood fences, stacked wood piles and mulch beds in your yard as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sure, you might not see a termite infestation in your yard as a huge threat to your home, but when your foundation is lined with mulch and wood piles are stacked close to your house, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way indoors for more.

*Remove any unnecessary wood from your yard, make it inaccessible to termites, or move it as far away from your home as possible. Excess lumber and old tree stumps can go and your stacked woodpile can be moved and raised to avoid attracting termites at all.

4. Basements

Like the attic, exposed structural wood sills, joists, and posts make the basement an area of your home highly susceptible to termite infestations. But worse, if a termite has access to the structural wood features in your basement, they have likely also explored the entire subflooring of your home… which could be a major issue.

*Cracks in your foundation give species like the subterranean termite (who travel underground) a way in. Fix cracks and stop the termites from entering!  

5. Crawl Spaces

Here in the south, most of our homes have crawl spaces rather than basements. That doesn’t mean we aren’t still at risk for infestation, though. In reality, crawl spaces don’t have flooring–just soil–which makes them an easier place for termites to enter and get snug (as a bug) than, say, the basement of our home.

*Covering the soil and sealing off your crawlspace will help prevent termites from getting in and causing trouble.

When you’re checking over these areas of your home for signs of termites, look for:

  • Discarded wings
  • Mud termite tubes
  • Droppings
  • Swarmers
  • Rotting/damaged wood

Are you seeing signs of pests in your house, but not necessarily these signs? Check out our Pest Encyclopedia to determine what kind of pest you might have.

More than 600,000 U.S homes will suffer from major termite damage this year because they didn’t use termite control tips or they overlooked proper termite control.

If you’ve seen signs of termites in your home, schedule your free Killingsworth termite control consultation. Our professional termite inspectors will be able to detect problem areas in your home, locate infections, and give you an idea as to what the extent of the issue may be.

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