It’s a common belief that the only thing termites are attracted to is wood; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While the wooden structures of many homes and businesses are damaged by termites annually, there are often other factors that draw them to a structure prior to these damages occurring. To ensure your home or business is protected, here are three things other than wood that could potentially attract termites to your structure.
As previously stated, wood isn’t the only food source that termites have been known to enjoy. In fact, termites will typically only eat the wood inside of a structure for the cellulose material it contains. This, unfortunately, means that any plant-based materials that contain cellulose, such as cardboard boxes, paper or even leaves, could attract termites.
Like cockroaches and rodents, termites are attracted to dark spaces that give them adequate protection from predators. In most cases, dark spaces will often also provide a higher moisture content than those that are exposed to sunlight. However, it is important to note that winged termites, or alates, will typically be drawn to light as they swarm.
Like most other insects, termites require access to water to survive. In fact, termites are unable to digest cellulose based food sources if an adequate amount of moisture is not available. Termites will ultimately die without access to water, making limiting the access they have to areas with excessive moisture critical for limiting the chances of termite infestation.
Pied Piper Services for Termite Control
At Pied Piper Services, we have skilled pest technicians who specialize in termite inspections for your home or business. These technicians know exactly what to look for when inspecting your property for termites. A professional termite inspection is the best way to find out if your home has fallen victim to the fierce destruction of termites, it is also a great way to be proactive and combat termites before they even have a chance to invade your home.