Pest Myths: Are Brick Homes Termite-Proof?
Happy Friday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Pest Myths! In these blogs, we look into some of the most common pest myths out there and see if there is any truth to the claims. Before heading into the weekend, keep reading to see us tackle one of the most common myths when it comes to termites: that a brick house cannot have a termite problem. Enjoy!
Undoubtedly, termites love to munch on wood. To homeowners far and wide, a termite infestation is a point of great fear, because a few adventurous mites could mean a whole infestation coming later, literally eating away at the structural integrity of your home. For homeowners who have a standard home with fiber cement siding, these termites could easily chow their way through to get to those meaty support beams. But, what if you have a brick house? There is no wood on the exterior and little wood on the inside, so you’re safe, right?
Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but having a brick home (or a home on a concrete slab for that matter), does not mean that you are safe from termites. While the exterior of your home consists of brick and mortar, you still have wood support beams inside the house. For example, drywall in different parts of the home will still have wood supports behind it, and some brick homes are brick veneer, which means that the house has a wooden frame just like any other house—the brick is only for the exterior. In either case, termites can easily crawl over the brick (or through cracks in the mortar) to get to the wood in your home and help themselves to a feast.
Therefore, regardless of what kind of home you have, you should keep termite prevention in the back of your mind. The easiest way to prevent termites from getting into your home is to ensure that they do not have a way inside. This translates to clearing shrubs and wood that touch the exterior of your home, filling in cracks in the siding or mortar, and preventing moisture from building up inside. By taking up these simple takes, you can easily cut the risk of a termite infestation. However, if you spot termites or termite tubes in your home, please give us a call right away. Eliminating a termite infestation is tricky, so it’s best left to the professionals like us at Tri-County Pest Control.
So, with all that being said, our verdict is: False. Brick homes are not termite-proof.
Enjoy your weekend!