Termites can ravage the structure of your home in record time if left unchecked. Worse, the damage they cause can be invisible until it’s too late. Additionally, no one can hear their cellulose chewing mandibles either. Termites can affect any home because they eat almost anything involved in the building of a home, such as wood, drywall, and in some cases, even the mortar of a home’s foundation. Inside the home, they will eat shelves, plywood, and books.
Termites love moisture. In the areas in and around Cape May, particularly during the summer, the humidity can be oppressive or even miserable. Such weather is a termite’s favorite, so it pays to protect your home. Before taking steps to protect your home, you must know and understand what attracts termites beyond wood and moisture. Here is a partial list:
- Drywood termites are an exception. They prefer hot, airy places like attics and interior crawlspaces. Although they are rare in the Northeast, they propagate much more quickly than other subspecies of termites. A mature colony will produce millions of winged “reproductive” termites that can spread to other dry locations. The best way to keep these pests away from your home is not to have anything they like to eat lying around. Clear wooden detritus away from your home. Remove stumps. Ensure you soffits and eavestroughs are clean and in good repair to prevent egress to your attic or roof.
- Subterranean termites, as their name implies, live in the ground. They usually build mounds and tunnel from them underground until they find an entrance to your home instead of just living in the wood they consume like drywood termites. Most of these termites prefer damp wood and so pose no problem to your attic. They do, however, pose a problem in your basement or in your foundation itself. To keep them away, you can do much the same thing as with drywood termites: Keep food sources away from them. Termites will take the path of least resistance. If there’s nothing to eat at your house, they’ll go elsewhere.
- You can also clean downspouts, put extra-fine screens on all outside vents, repair dripping exterior faucets or air conditioning units, along with other strategies, to keep the termites away. Be on the lookout for discarded wings or large, unexplained clouds of flying termites in the summer months.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, termites will find their way in and wreak havoc. If this happens, it’s usually necessary to call a professional to come take care of the situation. RID Pest Control has earned an A+ rating and full accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and has been in the termite elimination business for nearly four decades. To take advantage of our expertise and total commitment to excellence, give us a call at 888-449-2183.