You May Unknowingly Walk Over Termite Colonies Everyday
Termite induced-destruction is devastating to people’s homes solely because infestations are hard to spot. Our homes can become infested with termites numbering in the thousands. Any other type of insect would certainly be noticed if they were to congregate in groups of this size. It could be said that termites are the most elusive of all insects on earth. But how often do you see termites? Probably never. In fact, most people may not even know what termites look like. However, termites are so numerous that you probably walk over subterranean termite colonies quite often without ever realizing it. In the United States there are around thirteen to fourteen termite colonies per acre. This is why a home may have one, or several termite colonies thriving below it. Now it does not seem surprising to learn that termites are the most economically devastating insects in America. If your home is situated above a termite colony then a home infestation is likely. But even if termites do infest your home, it could be years before you learn of the insect intrusion. This is why certain areas of your home should be regularly monitored for a termite presence, and inspections should be carried out at the recommended frequency.
Of all the rooms in a typical home it is the bathroom that termites find the most hospitable. Since subterranean termites require a significant amount of water in order to survive, a humid bathroom makes for an ideal habitat. Bathrooms have pipes that lead into the dirt below a home’s foundation. These pipes often leak, which easily attracts subterranean termites to a home. Once termites begin to infest a bathroom they have no problem receiving their much needed moisture since most people take humid showers daily. Termites have been known to feed on the wooden beams that support heavy porcelain bathtubs. Falling through your subfloor during a relaxing bubble bath could ruin your whole week. If you suspect termites in your bathroom then simply have an inspection done by a licensed professional.
Have you ever suspected a termite infestation in your bathroom?