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Many people falsely believe that termite problems are only possible in wooden homes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. There are many factors in play when it comes to what attracts termites to homes here in the Midwest. This can put even stone or brick homes at risk. For this reason, it’s important to always be prepared for a termite problem. With Termite Awareness Week 2021 upon us, the experts at Anderson Pest Control are here to help you understand what may attract termites to your home. Read on to learn more!

What Types of Homes Do Termites Infest?

Like it or not, all types of buildings can get termite infestations—even your brick home. Wood stored near your home, moisture issues, wooden decks, and more could all put you at risk for a termite problem. The best way to know if you are protected against termites is to work with a professional termite exterminator. A thorough home inspection will pinpoint anything in or around your property that could put you at risk for termites in the future.

Why Are Termites Infesting My Home?

If you find yourself with a termite problem, there may be several reasons why they’ve chosen your home to feast upon. The most common factors that contribute to a termite problem include:

  1. Moisture problems.
    • Subterranean termites in particular are attracted to moisture, especially in soil. Standing water or excess moisture will invite termites to take up residence in your home. Always fix leaks, broken sprinkler systems, downspouts, and clogged gutters to ensure you are protected from moisture problems.
  2. Cracks or openings.
    • Termites will take advantage of structural vulnerabilities, no matter whether your home is wooden or brick. A crack in the structure of your property allows for termites to easily build mud tubes upon it. Frequently inspect your home for cracks and make repairs as needed. Look for other issues that could contribute not just to termite problems, but all sorts of pest problems!
  3. Wood in contact with the soil.
    • Even homes that aren’t made of wood can have siding, decks, porches, fences, posts, and more that contain wood. Any wood that comes into contact with your home’s exterior is at risk for termites. For this reason, avoid storing firewood on the ground near your property. Remove decaying logs or stumps, and avoid mulch. Trim back trees to avoid branches coming into contact with your home.

Preventing Termites in Your Brick Home

Whether you live in a home built primarily with brick or wood, it’s smart to team up with your local termite experts. At Anderson Pest Solutions, our termite control experts will thoroughly inspect your property to pinpoint any issues that could cause a termite problem down the road. Contact us to get started today!

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