Termites are a serious problem in our North Texas service area. They say everything is bigger in Texas—well, when it comes to the amount of damage termites can do, that is definitely a true statement, especially for the eastern side of Texas from San Antonio all the way up to Dallas. Today, we're going to talk about some of the locations on your Lewisville home that will be the first targets of subterranean termites and what damage you might see.
Termites are more likely to attack exterior structures that have untreated, unpainted or unstained wood such as a fence, garden border, shed, or deck. If any of these are attached to your home, they can allow termites a pathway get in. Look for damage near the ground, where wood touches the soil. This is the most likely place you'll see termite damage. It will look like trenches stacked vertically or horizontally and running along the grain. When termites attack higher spots on an external structure, they often create shelter tubes. These will often look like muddy veins attached to the wood.
The Sole Plate
If you're not familiar with a sole plate, it is the horizontal wood members that are attached to your foundation. These members are the anchor point for the vertical studs in your walls. If water finds a way into your walls, it can work its way down to the sole plate and cause wood rot. When this occurs, it creates a perfect "soft target" for subterranean termites.
Detecting sole plate damage is difficult on the outside of your home but you may be able to see it inside your basement. This damage will look the same as the damage described above. If no visible damage can be seen, you may be able to detect damage by tapping on the wood to see if it sounds hollow.
Does your home have a crawl space under it? This is the ideal location for subterranean termites. It offers darkness, moisture and access to the wood under your home. If this is where termites are getting in, you're likely to see shelter tubes on your foundation walls or piers. If you have concrete piers, you might have to use a mirror to look down into the piers to see these tubes. This can be a long and difficult process.
Look for trenches in the wood under your home. Tap wood and listen to see if it sounds hollow. And look closely for the presence of shelter tubes.
Sometimes termites don't chew their way in. Sometimes they come in through entry points, just like other pests do. They'll come in through cracks in brick mortar and foundation walls, damaged seals around door and window frames, holes created by rodents, and more. If you see a shelter tube climbing up your foundation wall and stopping at a crack or you see a shelter tube climbing up to the bottom of a window frame, you have a termite infestation.
Detecting Subterranean Termites
It can be extremely difficult to see termite damage or shelter tubes. Subterranean termite workers have an aversion to light and will do damage mostly on the inside of wood and build shelter tubes mostly in dark, hidden locations. Finding signs of termites requires experience and training. Even a seasoned professional can miss the signs. That is why many pest professionals love the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. As this termite control solution works to eliminate termite workers and their colonies, it also makes detection a breeze. When termite workers take the bait inside the Sentricon stations—and they will—your termite control professional will find dead workers and soldier in the bait stations. When they do, they'll let you know about it. And you're going to be happy you made the choice to put this protection in place.
If you'd like to learn more about the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System or how Adams Exterminating Company uses this powerful termite control system to protect homes and businesses in Lewisville and North Texas, contact us. At Adams, we don't just exterminate pests, we keep them from getting into your home in the first place.
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