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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections


Termites are among the most infamous of wood-destroying organisms.  Part of their destructive potential is due to their social behavior, as they exist as large colonies.  Termites harbor one-celled organisms in their digestive tracts and these organisms convert cellulose into a form that termites can usefully digest. 

Subterranean termites are the most economically important species of termites in Nevada.  More time, money and effort is spent on their control than on all other wood-destroying pests combined.  Termites need access to both food and water in order to thrive and multiply. Preventative maintenance is key to insure that building products are not a source of moisture.

The most overlooked termite control is SANITATION.  Wood, paper, cardboard and other cellulose debris under or against a structure can encourage termite colonization.  Termites “nest” in the soil and from there they can attack structures by building shelter tubes from the soil to the wood in the structure.  Any wood to earth contact, such as fence posts, planters, siding, etc. presents easy access for termite entry.  All debris must be removed and any wood to soil contacts should be broken.

Construction techniques can also help prevent infestations.  Correctly grading the exterior of a property will eliminate excessive moisture.  Sufficient ventilation in crawlspaces is mandatory.  Chemical treatments under the concrete slab and in the areas around the perimeter of the exterior walls can deny access to termites.

Many assume that termites are not present in our hot, dry environment.  Termites are present in Southern Nevada, but with our homes being built slab on grade and the exteriors generally constructed of stucco, our building practices are not friendly for termite entry.  Wood to earth contact found most often in older buildings, is by far the most common entry point for termite infestations.  So, look around your home and insure that the grading is adjusted correctly and that there is no direct wood to earth contact. 

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