You may think that termites only infest homes with a wooden structure. Unfortunately, this is a myth. Any building or home is at risk of termites, even those with brick, concrete, or vinyl exteriors. There are many things that put your home at risk beyond just the structure of your home. This Termite Awareness Week, the experts at Active Pest Control are here to share all you need to know about what puts you more at risk for a termite problem in your Atlanta GA home. Keep reading to learn how to protect yourself from the risks of termites!
Top Risks For Termites
Termites are opportunistic pests that can infest many structures if conditions are right. But what conditions are most conducive to termite activity? Here’s what to avoid:
- Moisture problems.
- Subterranean termites in particular are attracted to moisture, especially in soil. Standing water or excess moisture will invite termites to take up residence in your home. Always fix leaks, broken sprinkler systems, downspouts, and clogged gutters to ensure your are protected from moisture problems.
- Cracks or openings.
- Termites will take advantage of structural vulnerabilities, no matter whether your home is wooden or brick. A crack in the structure of your property allows for termites to easily build mud tubes upon it. Frequently inspect your home for cracks and make repairs as needed. Look for other issues that could contribute not just to termite problems, but all sorts of pest problems!
- Wood in contact with the soil.
- Even homes that aren’t made of wood can have siding, decks, porches, fences, posts, and more that contain wood. Any wood that comes into contact with your home’s exterior is at risk for termites. For this reason, avoid storing firewood on the ground near your property. Remove decaying logs or stumps, and avoid mulch. Trim back trees to avoid branches coming into contact with your home.
Can Brick Homes Get Termites?
Yes, even a homemade out of brick is susceptible to termite infestations. This is because there could be other risk factors at play. Wood stored near your home, moisture issues, wooden decks, and more could all put you at risk for a termite problem. The best way to know if you are protected against termites is to work with a professional termite exterminator. A thorough home inspection will pinpoint anything in or around your property that could put you at risk for termites in the future.
Protect Your Home From Termites With Active
At Active Pest Control, we know how distressing the thought of a termite problem can be. Our team of termite control experts will work with you to determine what may put your home at risk for an infestation. From there, we’ll make a plan to keep you safe from termites, year-round. Contact us today to learn more!