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termite-infestation-firewood-2In order to put a stop to a termite infestation before it causes too much damage, the first thing you need to do is find the little critters. But do you know where to look?

 

 

For many homeowners, the answer would be no. As important as it is to prevent termite infestations, people often don’t know where to start. To help you locate any possible termite problems, let’s take a look at five termite infestation hot spots to watch out for:

 

Hot Spot #1: In your basement

 

Finding termites in your basement is a rather common occurrence. The reasons for this are questionable, but for the most part, it’s likely to be due to certain termites’ subterranean existence. Basements are often easy for the termites to reach, and there’s plenty of wood down there to keep them happy.

 

Hot Spot #2: Under your foundation

 

Subterranean termites live in the ground. As they try to reach the wood in your home, they will often burrow beneath its foundation in search of the tasty treats. This process can take a while, so it isn’t uncommon to discover termites under your house. Even if you only find a few, this could indicate the beginnings of a termite infestation.

 

Hot Spot #3: Along the perimeter of your home

 

The area around your house can be a big hot spot for termites. What many people don’t realize is that termites don’t travel in the same way as ants and other insects. Instead, they need some type of conveyance system. Very often, termites will build mud tubes as a way to get around. In addition to being able to quickly reach other areas of your home, these tubes allow them convenient access to water.

 

Hot Spot #4: Inside your firewood

 

If you have stacks of wood near your home, think of these as a termite infestation appetizer. Termites, especially those who represent the beginning of a colony, are more than happy to take up residence in a small stack of wood, and will worry about migrating to your house at a later date. This is why it’s important for you to move any wood stacks or wood debris away from your home. If wood is touching your house, it’s easy for termites to head on over.

 

Hot Spot #5: The walls of your home

 

Like many pests, termites can slip inside the walls of your home without being noticed. Once this happens, it’s very likely that you will hear them shuffling around inside as they eat your wood and spread out to other areas of your home. If you hear something that could indicate termites, knock on the wood and see if it’s been hollowed out.

 

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