Found in Wood & Organic Material
The Richmond, Virginia area is full of lovely parks, forests, and wooded neighborhoods. Trees are a visible part of our area and make it a beautiful place to call home. However, living in an area populated by trees means that our homes and businesses are more at risk of a termite infestation. These insects feed on cellulose found in wood and other organic materials. Though many of the buildings and homes in the Virginia area are built from brick, don’t let that fool you into thinking you don’t have to worry about these wood-eating pests. There are many different wooden building materials found inside your home that these pests will target and utilize as a food source, causing major structural damage in the process.
The most widely distributed termite species in our area and across the country are eastern subterranean termites. These termites nest in the ground, and to maintain their high moisture needs, they travel through the soil or through the above-ground mud tubes they create. Subterranean termites travel each day from their nest to a food source. Termites are persistent pests that will eat 24/7, year-round. They are attracted to areas of moisture and damp soil and wood such as mulch, landscaping ties, and leaf litter. When these areas are close to your home, foraging termites will move inside through cracks in the foundation or concrete slabs or pieces of wood, making direct contact with the ground. Once inside, they will move to damp areas and begin feeding. Structural wood near pipes, windows, and doors are especially susceptible to termite damage.