WHAT DO TERMITE EAT?
First of all inspection your premises. You may think that since you live in a brick house, you don’t need to get a yearly Chandler termite inspection or to develop a termite control plan. But that’s an assumption that can end up costing you a lot. Because even though the exterior of your home may be made of brick, which termites do not eat, your home will have a smorgasbord of good eats for termites throughout its structure. Termite Inspection for Residential & Commercial
Cellulose, Cellulose, and More Cellulose
Termites primarily eat cellulose. That’s the organic material that is found inside trees, shrubs, plants, and even grass. Some termites eat grass, but most termites look for the materials in wood or in dead plant matter.
Most homes have a wooden frame, no matter what dresses the walls inside or out. Termites can burrow into that wood deep inside your home without you ever knowing – until there is extensive damage. They also eat the cellulose found in drywall, sheet rock, wallpaper, the cardboard boxes you have stacked in your attic, and even the pile of newspaper you have in your garage.
Termites will chew through the frames on your couch and your bed, the box of pictures and mementos you have stored in the craft room, and even the clothes in your closet (they like cotton fibers).
There is no home that does not have plenty to offer termites to eat. So long as the conditions are right – damp, humid, and dark – termites will settle in and eat to their heart’s content.
Your home will always be vulnerable to termites, no matter how little organic material is in your home and no matter how effective the pre-treatment applications it has received. That’s because those treatments can fade over time and termites can find their way deep in your home, to places where you might not even realize that organic matter exists.