Termite workers and soldiers are blind, but they have a keen sense of smell, which enables them to hone in on your home as they sniff out the cellulose they crave within the wood. And because they’re cryptobiotic (that means their activity is hidden from view) termites can do a lot of damage before you even know they’ve moved in.
House fires, hurricanes and floods may get all the headlines, but termites are a much bigger threat to your home than any of these disasters. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cost American homeowners more than $5 billion a year! Experts believe termites have been around for 250 million years, so it’s unlikely they will be leaving us any time soon. But there are some things you can do to keep your home from becoming their next meal.
Termites require four basic things to make them happy: food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. So here are some ways you can make your home less attractive to them:
Termites are too destructive and your home is too valuable for you to take any unnecessary chances. If you suspect you have termites – or if you don’t trust your termite detection skills – call a professional and set up a termite management plan!