Termites are small animals that have special enzymes, protozoa, and bacteria in their guts that they use in order to metabolize cellulose, the essential part of wood made of organic fibrous material. It takes pretty much a long time for a single termite to take down a 3,000 sq. ft. home, but a colony, colonies even, in one home would be a different story. A colony, on the other hand, roughly consists of 15,000,000 termites.
Unless you are residing in Alaska, termite infestation would be the least of your worries; however, if you are living in the arid state of Arizona, consider termites as the neighbours from hell you have to prepare for and deal with.
Since living in Arizona would mean having to find solutions to this bothersome insect problem, it would be wise to know what causes termite infestation in homes. So that, at the very least, homeowners will be equipped and will have their guards up once termite invasion in their homes are discovered.
Here is a list of the Four Causes of Termites:
As mentioned above, desert states like Arizona is most appealing to termites despite the scorching temperature in summer and freezing winters. Termites have an affinity to tropical regions making Arizona one of their settlements. Although the temperature gets really feverish in most of the year, termites are able to burrow their way deep underground where the necessary moisture they need in order to thrive is available.
- Water Source
Aside from warm temperature, water and moisture are appealing to termites. For instance, the presence of standing water, such as open containers, makes your house prime targets of termite invasion. Moreover, accumulated moisture in faulty home drainage system like leaky pipes and roof gutters are also sources of water for them. It is best that homeowners make thorough termite inspection in Cave Creek in their homes and ensure any possible water source be dealt with and fixed.
- Wood Source
Prior to construction of houses or if the house has already been built, the surrounding environment must be surveyed for sources of wood. Tree stumps, untreated wood in contact with soil like firewood, and vines are termite attractants which when it comes in contact with your homes serves as a bridge from their colonies to an abundant source of nourishment – your house.
- Opening in your homes
Although wood is their primary target and you are considering exhausting any means, if not all, termite-proofing your house in Cave Creek, they can still find a way to forage through into your home. Many technology advances in the use of chemical barriers that can protect wood from impending termite infestations are now made available and houses are most of the time poured down with concrete. However, crevices and cracks in the foundation of the house, as well as windowsills, doors, and electrical wires are potential entry points. A regular free termite inspection of the house is, then, imperative to ensure that invasion would be deterred as early as the manifestation of any signs of infestation.
Finally, as a homeowner, once you notice any sign of termite invasion, it is best not to put off calling for professional help to prevent expansive damage.
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