How Do Termites Get In Your House

Posted by David Outhous on Sep 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you see signs of termites, you already have a termite infestation. Once you have termites, you need to take eradication and future prevention seriously. Termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes every year and it’s a constant struggle to keep them out of your house. While there are several types of termites in the southeast, they all cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes.

Signs of Termites

Once you see obvious termite damage, you need to implement termite control immediately. Some signs of termites are hidden under vinyl or in crawlspaces. If you are not sure where to look for termite signs, RichPro Pest Management can come out to check for termites and will recommend treatment based on your situation, including treating for termite prevention if we don’t find termites.

Signs of termites include:

  • Mud tubes that run through ceilings, the bases of stairs, on the porch, and in the crawlspace. You might even see them on nearby tree trunks.

  • Tunnels in the wood on your home. Because they are in the wood, they are often invisible. Knock on the wood to see if it sounds hollow if you suspect termite damage.

  • Nail-sized holes in the wood. Look for this evidence on window and door jambs, under siding, and in floor joists.

  • Piles of termite droppings on the floor. It looks like little piles of sawdust. While you could see it anywhere, more common places are near windows and doors.

  • Swarmers sometimes break their wings. Look for pieces of broken wings inside and outside, especially if you have soft ground near the house or a pile of wood nearby.

You can also find termites by probing any exposed wood with a flat head screwdriver.

How to Get Rid of Termites

When you have a termite infestation, you must take several measures to get rid of the termite colonies. Once we come out and treat for termites, you should:

  • Trim shrubs and plants so they are not touching your house.

  • Make sure crawlspace vents are not blocked by plants and other debris.

  • Move firewood away from the house. Never store firewood on the porch.

  • Remove anything that holds water, such as empty flower pots or old tires, from near the house.

  • Dig out any infested stumps that are close to the house.

  • Remove dead trees or live trees if they are infested if they are close to the house.

  • Keep mulch at least 15 feet away from your foundation.

  • Locate and seal any cracks in your home’s foundation.

  • Make sure you have proper drainage. If not, talk to a professional about ensuring you have the correct amount of slope away from your house and the possibility of installing a French drain or some other from of drainage control.

  • Make sure your crawlspace or basement and your attic is well-ventilated and dry.

You can also put out termite bait, though that might be one of the steps our technicians will take. Termite bait alone usually does not eradicate these pests. Also, check any outbuildings for termite colonies.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

If you suspect you have termites or you have seen signs of termites, contact RichPro Pest Management to learn more about ways to get rid of termites.