The two most common types of Termites in San Antonio are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites. The first lives in the ground the second commonly lives in trees and can swarm in the exterior wood surfaces. The least common is the Formosan Termite, which comes sometimes from the soil but build nests in the house. A WDI is a Wood Destroying Insect report, which is an inspection for Termites, and is done on every home inspected.
Termites can feed on the wood frame of the house and also the paper covering of the sheetrock. Stored items in storage rooms may have other paper products or books that Termites love to eat. But the idea here is that if you keep the food sources away from the house you reduce the chance of Termite entry into the house.
Storing firewood or any other type of wood or cellulose material should be away from the house. But just because there is Termite activity in your wood shed or a few fallen twigs or branches doesn’t mean you have Termites in the house, but you don’t have to put out the Welcome Sign.
There is also a third type of Termite called an Agricultural Termite that doesn’t like the house but does like to eat your fences and scrap wood, but they don’t seem to be interested in getting into your house. So it is very important to get a professional evaluation of your property.
But that is not the only risk for Termite infestation into your house. Older homes are more at risk for many reasons. The foundation slab is thinner than new construction. Water ponding or drainage around the house is a conducive condition since the Subterranean Termites like wetter conditions.
Proper drainage around the house is key to not only reducing the risk for Termites but also foundation movement. Older homes sometimes have foundation movement that leads to movement and cracks in the foundation, which is a Termite entry point through the cracks as well as the plumbing penetration points at bathrooms etc.
Wood mulch around the foundation is not an attractant for Termites but it does provide more of an environment that is suitable for insects and mold. So keeping these areas dry is important for many reasons.
The other risk of Termite infestation is the lack of proper drainage around the house and the lack of gutters to channel water away from the foundation. Water is actually the enemy of your foundation and the conducive conditions that lead to Termite entry into the house. Other conditions are downed tree limbs and other food sources that are made of wood. But just because you have dead trees around the house doesn’t mean you have Termites in the house. So this is why you need to have a Termite inspection.
If you need a Termite inspection done a property in the San Antonio area, contact Babcock Home Inspections today.