Termite damage in doorframe

No matter the source of the wood, there is always a possibility for termite infestation and damage. Subterranean termite infestations are especially likely if the wood is in contact with soil. Termites can infest structures that are outside or inside of your property in Jacksonville FL. Some property features that are commonly damaged by termites include:

  • Wall studs
  • Posts
  • Support beams
  • Posts
  • Insulation
  • Wooden decks
  • Sheds
  • Lumber
  • Outdoor furniture

Why Do Termites Infest Wood?

Termites survive on cellulose, which is a substance found within wood. Since most homes are constructed with wood, properties are a common target for termites to infest. When termites penetrate the wood in your home, they are capable of damaging insulation, windows, baseboards, floorboards, ceilings, drywall, support beams, and walls. Outdoors on your property, termites will find patio furniture, roof tiles, piles of firewood, decaying logs, and more. 

Termite-Resistant Materials

Termites are known to infest wood, but can they infest metal or other materials used to build homes? The good news is that there are several termite-resistant materials, including one or two types of wood:

  1. Redwood/cedar: These types of wood are somewhat naturally resistant to termites. However, decay can attract termites to both of these.
  2. Treated lumber: Treating lumber can prevent rot and make it undesirable to pests. This is why treated lumber is often used in new builds.
  3. Cement/concrete: Termites will not eat through these, as the material is too solid and lacks cellulose. They can make their way through small cracks in concrete, however.
  4. Metal: Again, metal does not contain cellulose and is thus not suitable for termites.

Termite Damage in Your Jacksonville FL Home

There are termites common to the area that are especially attracted to homes in Jacksonville FL. By the time you notice damage from a termite, you may already be in the throws of a full-blown infestation. One way to ensure that termites stay off your property is to work with a professional termite exterminator such as Bug Out! Professional exterminators know how to locate and target the termites that may be attracted to your home. 

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