There are a number of different elements that can make your home vulnerable to termites. Water issues around your house, firewood that is stored improperly, and soil buildup along the perimeter of your home can all make you vulnerable to developing a termite infestation. Simply living in an area where termites are an issue is also a risk factor. When you understand what makes your home susceptible to termites, you can take steps to protect against them.
Water issues around your house
Water issues like leaking pipes and improperly functioning downspouts can cause a lot of problems around your house. The water itself can cause damage to various areas of your home. Excess water can also attract pests. Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive near your home. If you have water issues that have led to water seeping into the ground – and building up moisture – then your home is vulnerable to termites.
Firewood stored improperly
Improperly stored firewood makes your home vulnerable to termites. Termites love to eat away at wood that is dead. You can often find them inside of trees that have fallen or been cut down. Sometimes the wood you get for firewood is already infested with termites when you bring it home. In other situations, the infestation can occur after you bring home the firewood. Either way, termite infested firewood that is stored against your house makes your home vulnerable to termites.
Soil buildup along the perimeter of your house
Subterranean termites build their colonies in moisture-rich soil. If the soil along the perimeter of your home is built up to a level that is higher than recommended it can make your home vulnerable to termites. The termites will not have far to travel to infest your siding if the soil and siding are touching (or almost touching).
Living in an area where termites are a common issue
If you live in an area where termites are a common issue then your home is vulnerable to an infestation. The reality is that every state in the US – with the exception of Alaska – has been found to have termites. Living in California means that you live in a state where termites are an issue and that your home is vulnerable to an infestation.
Most homes in the US have some level of risk for developing a termite infestation. You can take steps to protect your home against termites but you must engage in continued efforts because these pests will always be around looking for homes to infest. But, if you repair water issues, store your firewood properly, and keep the soil around your house at an appropriate level your home will be less vulnerable to the threat of termites. Add in getting help from a termite professional and you will have the highest level of protection against termites that is available.