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Causes of Termite Infestation

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Reasons Why You Have Termites in Portland OR and Vancouver WAPeople are often at a loss when they hear the word ‘termites’. They’re not sure what to do if they have them. All they know is that termites destroy wood quickly and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage if left ignored.

What many homeowners and business owners don’t realize is that there has to be something causing a termite infestation. In fact, once the source is determined, it’s far easier to address reasons why you have termites, and to get rid of the pests once and for all. Exploring where the termites are coming from is among the best ways to get rid of them quickly and inexpensively.

Here are some of the reasons why you have termites:

  • Standing water. Moisture attracts termites. They build colonies in the soil in moist areas of a yard around a home or business’ foundation. If there are leaky pipes providing a regular source of water, it needs to be addressed immediately. Doing so helps prevent termite infestations. Also, roof gutters should be cleaned regularly and drainage should be ample around a property to keep termites away from the structure.
  • Openings in foundation, walls, and roofs. Termites are looking for moisture and food to survive. That’s why they find ways into a home or business through cracks, crevices, and holes. To prevent this from happening, homeowners and business owners should address any problems they have with doors, windows, foundation, walls, and roofs. Sealing the affected areas helps prevent termites from finding a way into a structure where they feast on wood and other forms of cellulose.
  • The state or region of residence. Some states and regions are warmer and wetter than others. That means the likelihood of termites increases. There isn’t much a person can do to prevent termite infestations other than remove sources of standing water and taking care of the necessary house or business repairs. That takes care of just some of the reasons why you have termites.

Now that people know what causes termites, they can start coming up with solutions to get rid of them before they destroy a home or business. If the process of termite removal is too laborious or foreign to a person, they can count on an expert pest control service to take care of the task for them. They won’t have to worry about the termites coming back, either, because the source of the problem will be addressed, too.

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