Why Termites Prefer Some San Antonio Homes To Others

First, it is important to know what type of termites we're talking about. In our San Antonio service area, subterranean termites present the worst threat. They are head and shoulders above other types of termites, presenting more of a threat to the wood of your home than any other wood-destroying organism. But subterranean termites don't attack every home equally. There are some factors that can increase your chances of a termite infestation.
 

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Moisture

This is a big factor when it comes to termite infestations. Worker termites require high levels of humidity. This is because the skin of a worker termite is very thin. If it loses moisture, it will die. Dampness around your home can increase your risk of having termites damage the wood of your home.

Tips for moisture control:

  • Check your gutters and make sure there is no damage and no areas that are obstructed. When water pools and pours over the side, it can cause oversaturation near your foundation wall.

  • Address any conditions that allow puddles to form.

  • Trim dense vegetation to allow better airflow. This helps your plants to dry quickly after watering or after it rains.

  • Water your landscaping in the morning so the sun can dry that moisture.

Decaying Wood

Termites have a preference for wood that is rotting because rotting wood is softer and easier for termite workers to consume. They are not limited to only eating wood that is in the process of decay, but removing this "ideal" food source can make your home less attractive.

Here are a few ways you can remove termite food:

If you have firewood, construction materials, or some other wood source near your home, move it to at least 20 feet away and elevate it off the ground.

  • Never bury wood or scrap lumber in your backyard.

  • Consider replacing wooden landscaping borders with rock or some other termite-resistant material.

  • Inspect your home for any spots where the wood comes in contact with the soil, and address them.

  • Direct wood-to-soil contact makes your home incredibly vulnerable to termite attack.

Your Home Is Unprotected

Subterranean termites have a preference for homes that don't have a product installed around the foundation perimeter that is designed to kill them and eliminate their colony. At Family Pest Control, we use Termidor, the nation's #1 termite control product. But this isn't a product that will repel termites from your home and make them choose another home over yours. It is completely undetectable to termites. Yes, we said undetectable. This is actually a good thing.

Here's how it works:

When termite workers pass through Termidor, the active ingredient gets on them. As they move through their tunnels, they come in contact with other termites and groom each other. The grooming process allows termites to check for hazards that may be present in the environment. Since Termidor is undetectable, workers ingest the product. Once the active ingredient is ingested, the product is able to pass from termite to termite in another way. It is a process called trophallaxis. This is a sharing of fluids. You may not know this but worker termites are the only termites in a colony that consume food. All the other termites get their sustenance from the workers through the sharing of fluids. As they do, they also get the active ingredient in Termidor. It goes from termite to termite all the way to the heart of the colony, and eliminates it. This happens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even when you're sleeping.

Is Your San Antonio Home Protected?

Subterranean termites in the United States cost property owners billions of dollars in repairs every year. These repairs can eat away at your retirement savings or cause you to put more of your hard-earned finances into getting your home ready for sale. When you invest in termite protection, there are no surprises. You decide exactly how much you're going to let termites cost you. You'll even be able to add it as a line item in your budget. No surprise repairs. No loss of savings.

If you want to get your termite protection in place, reach out to us. We're standing by to help you with this important protection for the health of your home and the safety of your financial future.

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