With California’s termite season in full swing, you might find yourself asking: What causes termite infestations? Well, there are several different reasons you might find some of the creepy crawlies eating away at your wood structures. The pest management professionals at Millennium Termite & Pest could go on all day about what cause termite infestations, regardless of their relevance to your situation. So, we decided that listing the four most common reasons would be enough to cover the majority of our customer base. So, without further ado, here are the four most common causes of termite infestations!
What Causes Termite Infestations? Moisture Does
Termites, like all other creatures, need water to survive. However, they don’t seek it out in the same places that larger animals do. In fact, most insects (termites included) look for moisture in the ground or around food sources. So, even if you don’t have standing water around your property, the presence of something as seemingly benign as moist soil can serve as a welcome mat for termites and other insects.
Okay, so termites like moistures. But, that begs the question: how do you prevent it? Well, to avoid moisture from inviting termites in out of the cold, you can do some of the following:
- Clean your gutters
- Talk to a landscaper about installing proper drainage in your yard
- Check your crawlspaces and attic for signs of moisture
If, even after doing everything you can to prevent moisture problems, you still have them, then contact us to schedule a WDO (Wood Destroying Organism) inspection right away. You may have termites and not even know it yet.
Exposed Wood Touching Your House Is An Open Invitation For Termites
Do you have any piles of scrap wood leaning up against your garage or house? What about firewood? Well, if you do, you might want to move them a few yards away from your home. Why, you ask? Well, even a small firewood pile next to your house can both attract termites and give termites a way inside. So, one of the best things you can do to prevent termite problems is simply keep wood away from your home. After all, termites eat wood. So, why would you leave a nice appetizer out for them right next to the main course? It’s just asking for trouble.
Do You Have Gaps In Your Foundation? They’re Basically Termite Superhighways
Some species of termites like to nest and breed underneath concrete foundations. It’s dark, damp, and food-adjacent. If you have cracks in your foundation, then they act as a termite superhighway, connecting their home to yours. Termites can find their way through those cracks and into your home, threatening your wood structures in the process.
To prevent termites from entering through gaps in your foundation, just fill the cracks as soon as you notice them. However, if you do have cracks or holes in your foundation, then contact us to schedule a WDO inspection right away.
Failure To Get An Annual WDO Inspection From Millennium Termite & Pest
The most common reason for termite problems is the failure to get an annual WDO inspection from Millennium Termite & Pest. Even if you’ve never had termites before, and even if you aren’t experiencing any of the warning signs listed in this article, you still need to get a termite inspection at least once a year.
When it comes to termite infestations, it’s always better to find them through inspection than after they’ve done any damage to your home. So, to help save your home, contact us here at Millennium Termite & Pest to schedule an annual WDO inspection today!