How Do Termites Spread?

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Termites are silent, hidden, and relentless. They exist in every state except Alaska and infest 1 in 20 U.S. homes even those with brick, siding, or stucco exteriors. Termites can fit through a crack as little as 1/32nd of an inch. There can be hundreds of thousands in a single colony. Plus, they cause more damage to homes than fires, floods, and tornadoes combined. It is important to get the right Termite Control Plan with a reliable Termite Prevention Solution. Once you notice termites in your home, you need to act fast. Termites spread quickly, within a few days they can multiply. That’s when you have an infestation on your hands.

How Did Termites Get Into A Home

Subterranean termites use tunnels or tunes made from soil, wood and grass to travel. You will find these tunnels stuck to walls, trees and other places frequently traveled by termite swarms. These mud tunnels usually lead to places where termites feast. Termites spread through those tunnels, and they use them to connect their colonies.

Termites have their colonies underground. They usually get into your home through wood that has contact with the ground. Those areas can include your decks, door frames or siding. Termites cannot eat through concrete, but they can get into your home through cracks. They will then build mud tunnels to enter your house. Look for those tunnels that the termites use as “highways” on foundations, porches and even tree trunks. Other signs of an infestation include: dried mud accumulated on door joints and on the architraves of the windows, tapping noises behind your walls and floorboards that feel soft.

If you see any of those signs, termites might be spreading in your home. Now it is time to call the experts at Terminix.

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