Walls can be very attractive to subterranean termites if they are in direct contact with soil and not separated by the foundation. Because walls often extend below the soil surface and beyond eye level wall damage can go unnoticed for long periods of time. Subterranean termites live within the soil mud mounds. They are able to access above-ground food sources via tunnels that the worker termites construct from saliva, mud, and feces.

Holes or Cavities in Walls? May be Termites!

If you find holes or cavities within your walls this might mean that there are termites present. Walls are particularly susceptible to termite damage because they are easily accessible from the ground and they have a good amount of surface area. Since walls form the outside of your house and are the first barrier from the elements, the surface area of walls exposed to soil is generally larger than any other part of a home. This large surface area can be very appealing to termites as a food source.  Many termites are able to feed on this same piece of wood without having to travel and forage too far from the colony.

Walls are First Food Source for Termites

Because walls are often the first food source termites come into contact with they are usually the part of the home that suffers the most damage. Because walls are often thinner than ceilings or floors, an infestation can spread more quickly, thus severely compromising the strength of walls. It makes sense that cheaper materials, such as laminated plywood or particle board, are often destroyed quickly because they are softer and easier to break down.

Protect Your Walls

Termite damage done to walls can be prevented through the use of correct building materials such as treated wood. Also having a pest control professional pretreat the home and scheduling regular termite inspection by a termite control specialist can help ensure your home stays termite free.

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