What Attracts Termites to Homes?

It is not uncommon for homeowners to believe that their home is protected from potential termite infestations during the winter. However, the current weather, whether hot or cold, has no real bearing on if your home is safe from the threat of termites. Let’s take a deeper look at what attracts termites to home and how you can make your structure less hospitable for these destructive pests.

Foundation Moisture

Termites typically prefer moist environments; meaning that leaky pipes and faucets that contribute to moist soil around the foundation of your home could be inviting subterranean termites to your home. For this reason, it is important to channel water away from your foundation through the use of functioning gutters and downspouts. The important takeaway from this is that the soil around the foundation of your home should have limited moisture whenever possible.

Dark, Undisturbed Places

Termites prefer to inhabit moist, dark places that are not typically disturbed, which is why they are usually not detected in homes until the damage becomes extensive. For this reason, termites will often enter the home through termite tubes that protect them from predators and sunlight. Any areas of the home that provide moisture and darkness, such as a crawl space, are most at risk for termite infestation.

Wood or Cellulose Based Material

You may be surprised to learn that termites aren’t necessarily eating the wood in your home, but rather the cellulose material that it contains. This means that any wood or wood-based products, including newspapers and other paper, are on the menu for these destructive pests. It is important to keep firewood or decaying lumber away from the home, as termites typically will prefer these items over the materials in your home first.

Why Emtec Pest Control for Termite Control?

Though termites are a fascinating insect, the presence of them in your home or business can cause extensive and expensive damages. If you are in need of termite control, the experts at Emtec Pest Control are here to help! Give us a call at (918) 663-0613 or contact us today to get started!

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.-