What Attracts Termites?

Posted: November 17, 2015 in Home Improvement, Pest Control
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download 1I bought a quaint older home in the Charlotte NC area.   I loved the charm of the structure and the neighborhood. Something about it reminded me of visiting my grandparents home as a kid.  I admit I was caught up in the sentimental aspect of the house and missed the important safeguard checks that I should have had at the top of my list.   Such as checking the structure for termites.  Since it was an older home, the building codes were not what they are today when it was    My aging house was recently besieged by termites. The nasty pests seemed to have taken over the structure – right from the doors and windows to closets and nightstands too. I quickly got a complete pest control Charlotte NC treatment done by Tactical Pest and Termite Solutions and the infestation seems to have abated slowly.

Once the exigency was out of the way, I started pondering over why the termites attacked so many homes and buildings. I spoke to the professional team who came for subsequent checks which helped me understand quite a few details.

Now I have become aware that most termites live in the soil and build their colonies there. When they find food, they slowly build intricate tunnels within the mud itself. These tunnels are designed to lead them above the ground and directly to their food source.

imagesBut why do they eat the wood in the house? Well, termites love to feed on any kind of cellulose! As wood contains a lot of cellulose, these pests are always attracted to any source of wood – this could be the trees and logs outside to the foundation, walls, doors, furniture and other wooden items indoors. Wherever any kind of wood touches the soil, rest assured that some termite family will be sure to find it sooner or later!

Apart from their favorite food, termites do not hesitate to consume newspaper, cardboard and even dung.

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