When termites enter a home, it may seem like they’re getting in everywhere, including through the house’s foundation. This has led many homeowners to believe that the hordes of tiny, wriggling insects have the ability to tunnel through and digest concrete, a material that’s supposed to be pest-proof. Although there’s almost no truth to this fact, your house’s foundation can actually be an entryway for termites.
The termite species we have in Canada thrive on cellulose, the organic fibrous material naturally found in wood and plants. In their natural habitat, termites take their nutrients from dead or fallen trees, decaying stumps, and even grass, but in urban areas, where we clean up our landscapes, they must make do with whatever they find – and that’s often our homes and offices.
Most buildings today are built with concrete, and concrete holds no particular appeal to the termites in our country.
Once the cold season arrives, and insect activity is no longer visible, you may be tempted to believe that the freezing weather is a signal indicating that your pest problems are over. And with termites, you may even be convinced you’re out of the danger zone, given that their season starts in March and ends in November. In reality, your house is as vulnerable to the destructive critters as any other time of the year, because termites are active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Termites are wood-destroying pests that can cause tremendous damage inside the home. Because the signs of their damage are often hidden, they are a significant threat to the structural integrity of a building, costing homeowners an average of $3,000 annually in repairs.
The actual amount of damage depends on the termite species, whether they’re subterranean, dampwood, or drywood, the size of the colony, and the environmental conditions (type of wood available, temperature and moisture levels, etc.).