Some homeowners mistakenly believe that brick houses are immune to termites. Unfortunately, termites can and do infest brick homes. You are not safe from the threat of termites simply because you do not live in a house with wood siding. In order to protect your home from the threat of termites, you need to learn what elements make your house vulnerable to these pests and find out how to deal with an infestation if one arises.
Termites will infest any home with wood in the construction
It is easy to understand why a house with wood siding is vulnerable to termites. These pests feed off of wood so houses built with wood siding probably look like one big meal. People who live in homes with a brick façade often feel like termites are less of a threat. Unfortunately, termites can infest any house that used wood in the construction. The exterior of your house may be brick but the framing is most likely wood. Termites do not need to see the wood to know that it is there. Termites can and do infest brick houses and feed off of the framing and structural wood that was used in the construction. If you live in a brick house, you need to take all of the same precautions to protect against termites as people who live in houses with wood siding.
The condition of your home can make a termite infestation more likely
It is not only the wood in your home that makes it vulnerable to termites. Water issues under and around your house can lead to excess moisture in your soil which is something Subterranean termites need to survive. Storing firewood up against your house is a common practice that can put your brick house at an increased risk for a termite infestation. Keeping up with the maintenance around your home and storing firewood away from the house are two steps that can help protect your brick home from termites.
If you thought your home was safe from termites because it is brick, all of this information may come as an unwelcome surprise. However, there is no need to panic. There is a simple process for finding out if your home is currently infested with termites. You can set up a free termite inspection with the pros at TAPS Termite. The inspector will determine if you have an active infestation and provide you with a report about the condition of your home. If you do not have an infestation you can take steps to make sure your home is protected against future infestation. If the inspection reveals that you do have an infestation, there are a number of termite treatment options that are quick and effective. Get in touch with TAPS Termite to get the process started.