There are homes on my street with termite infestation and damage. What actions can I take to protect my home from being infested?
Termites forage from spring through fall and they spread most commonly underground. If your home is currently termite free, it could become infested by termites that are active nearby. A preventive termite control program will help avoid termite infestation. Contact your local Terminix branch for additional information about termite biology, habits and treatment options.
When is the best time to treat for termites?
The best time to treat for termites is before they infest a structure. Termite control is an ongoing process; a control plan should be in place to avoid an infestation and damage repair costs.
I live in a stucco home. Should I be concerned with termites?
The main reason stucco homes and subterranean termites don’t mix is that the stucco exterior finish often extends beneath the soil level around the exterior of the structure. A small space often develops between the foundation and the stucco finish, and this permits termite entry that is completely hidden from view.
Another situation involves the “synthetic” stucco finishes that have a base layer of rigid foam board. This type also often extends beneath the soil level, and once the termites access the foam, they can move anywhere around the structure. This type of exterior finish is also prone to moisture intrusion, which will help support the termites once they get in.
How quickly can termites infest a house? If a residence has been treated and there is no evidence remaining of termite infestation, how soon could they reappear?
Subterranean termites can infest a structure during its construction phase if they are present in the soil. Whether the home is occupied or not makes no difference to the termites. Conventional soil barrier treatments to control subterranean termites do not eliminate the termite colony. They do create a treatment zone in the soil at potential entry points into the structure. This causes the termite colony to utilize their other available food sources such as tree roots, fallen limbs and fences. Soil treatment zones are intended to control termites for extended periods of time, however they may be breached because of physical disturbance of the treatment zone (landscaping activities, construction, erosion, etc.), tree roots growing through the treatment zone, natural degradation of the termiticide, etc. For these reasons, most termite control treatments are available with renewable warranties.