5 Places To Check For Termites

Every homeowner fears finding termites around their home, but they may be just too elusive. Unless you know how the places to check for termites. Termites travel underground the majority of the time, which can make trying to find them difficult. Their vast colonies work endlessly to continue to grow and establish themselves once they’re in your home, which is why it’s essential to know where to look.

Understanding where you can find termites around your home will save you loads of stress and money. Additionally, early identification of termites is key to reducing how much damage is caused to the house if any at all. Termite colonies are notorious for growing their population quickly, and when left untreated, they can begin to cause structural damage in no time at all

Here are some common areas around your home that you can periodically check for termite activity!

termite inspector showing places to check for termites

one place to check for termites is your garage

1. Check the Garage First

The garage may seem like a weird spot to check, but the truth is a lot of homeowners find them in their garages more often than not. A garage is a perfect place for a termite colony to begin growing its settlement. It was easily accessible from the outside, provides shelter from the elements, is often undisturbed, and typically has fewer predators than outside.

Termites can find themselves slipping under weather stripping or in-between gaps around the garage. Unfortunately, they’re also able to travel under the slabs in the garage, and once they’re in, they have easy access to the rest of the home.

When you’re inspecting the garage, look for obvious signs of mud tubing depending on the type of termite, discoloration, or small holes randomly in the drywall.

termite damages inside wall

2. Termites Love Crawlspaces

For the homes with a crawlspace, this will be highly commonplace for termites to begin their infestation. It is super easy for termites to slip in between the crawl space vents and make themselves at home. The crawl space can be a great starting point for a termite colony because, generally, the crawl space is left unattended and gives the termites easy access to the rest of the home.

Depending on the home, accessing the crawl space can be difficult, making it even more challenging to inspect. Generally, the main allure for termites will be areas in the crawl space that hold more moisture. The termites need water to survive, so if you happen to have a moment to hop down in the crawl space, keep an eye out for moisture-rich areas.

attic and crawl spaces termite inspections

3. Inspect the Attic

The attic is much like the crawl space because it’s not often, so we find ourselves in the attic, hence why it’s an excellent place for termites. Inspecting your attic periodically throughout the year is a necessary evil to ensure termites aren’t growing a colony above your head.

Though it’s not too typical of an area, termites can still find their way into attacks, specifically during swarming season. So it may not be a frequent termite location, but it’s still a possibility they will be there!

baseboard and foundation of house is a place to check for termites

4. Termites Destroy Foundations

One of the most common places by far is the base of the home. Subterranean termites will construct their mud tubes to go from the underground and into the house along the home base.

Walk around the base of your whole home on the interior and exterior and look for tiny brown tubes emerging from the ground. These tubes protect the termite workers from the outside elements and predators as they move between the colony underground and the home.

It is widespread for termites to begin their infestations this way and is typically pretty obvious too.

storaged firewood is a place to check for termite

5. Obvious Places – Wood Piles and/or Stored Lumber

Many people keep their wood piles close to their homes for easy access—unfortunately, termite colonies see your woodpile as a gold mine and, later, your home. As a result, woodpiles are a frequent area where termites lurk around your home.

Since termites consume the cellulose found in wood, it only makes sense that wood piles are a true luxury for a termite colony. It can be highly tedious, but taking some time throughout the year to inspect all the pieces of wood can save you in the long run. In addition, a termite colony is capable of quickly growing and spreading from the woodpile and into your home.

When you’re inspecting the wood, look for signs of damaged, hollow wood and even look out for the termites! As a best practice for termite prevention, keep woodpiles away from home.

Dealing with a Termite Infestation

Everyone dreads dealing with a termite infestation, because of the safety risks they can cause from damage and the potential costly treatments. However, taking time to inspect your home in these common areas for termite activity could be one of the best ways to eliminate a total headache.

If you are curious about a particular area or would like a thorough inspection of your whole home, then contact A-1 Bonded Termite for a complete home termite inspection. Our technicians will identify termite species and activity around a house that you may not see right away. Additionally, they will be able to give you information on how to prevent termites or treat current activity with safe and lasting solutions.

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