Most people assume that a new home wouldn’t have a termite issue, after all, the house has just been built.
However, this is not always the case. Termite can strike anywhere and enjoy eating wood. In fact, it’s an essential part of their lifestyle. They won’t discriminate between old or new wood, both taste good to them!
If you’re planning to purchase a new home you need to be aware of what conditions increase the chances of termite infestation in your new home. You should also know the signs of an infestation.
This will allow you to contact a local pest control firm to verify the issue and get it resolved before it does too much damage.
Increased Risk Factors
The first clue will be in how long the house has taken to build. The longer it has taken the more likely it is that termites, and other wood-boring pests, have had the opportunity to move in. Of course, it is possible that the wood already had termites before it arrived at the building site, but this is the least likely prospect.
The most likely cause of a termite infestation in new wood will be a result of wood to ground contact. If the wood is stacked on the soil then the termites can access the wood. Equally, if the frame is set into the wood and not onto raised posts or a concrete base, the termites will have direct access.
This risk is increased if the ground is covered in mulch or something similar, termites frequently live in this type of material and will welcome the opportunity to move into your new home, before you.
Signs Of An Issue
There are several signs that you have a termite issue, knowing what these are will allow you to contact the local exterminators and arrange for the issue to be dealt with, ideally, the cost will be covered by the supplier of your home.
One of the biggest signs is boreholes in the wood. Termites move through the soil so the first place you’ll find these boreholes will be in the baseboards or other wooded areas surrounding your home.
It’s worth checking the lowest point in your home for wood damage.
The second sign is mud tubes. These are the entry tunnels for termites and you’ll see them in the mud around your home. This is why many homes have concrete surround.
The tubes can be anywhere around your home but, if you cover them, or fill them in, they will reappear within a day or two.
Despite being a new home it is worth tapping various bits of wood to see if they sound hollow. This is a sign that you have an issue. You may even notice a paper-thin layer of wood coming off, similar to when you remove a coat of paint.
If you notice the signs of an issue then you need to speak to a pest control expert and the builder/supplier. You’ll want it treated as soon as possible.