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What Do Termites Damage?

Termites can and will infest any sources of wood in or around your property. If the wood comes in contact with soil, it is extremely vulnerable to a subterranean termite infestation. These destructive pests are known to infest structures both inside and outside your Memphis TN Metro Area home. 

Termites are known to damage the following:

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

Why Do Termites Infest Wood?

Termites eat cellulose, a substance in wood. Most houses are built with a wooden framework, which makes them appealing to termites. Termites can damage your home’s walls, support beams, drywood, ceilings, floorboards, baseboards, windows, and insulation. Outside, they often infest piles of firewood, roof tiles, patio furniture, and decaying logs. Any wood that comes in contact with soil is especially vulnerable to termite damage.

Termite-Resistant Materials

While termites are famously known to infest wood, many wonder if they can infest or damage  other materials used to build homes. Fortunately, many materials are termite resistant, including:

  1. Redwood/cedar: These woods are somewhat resistant to termites. However, if they begin to decay, they may attract termites.
  2. Cement/concrete: Cement and concrete are too hard for termites to eat and do not contain cellulose. Termites may travel through small cracks in concrete, though.
  3. Treated lumber: Treated lumber is often used in new builds. The treatments used make the lumber resistant to rot and undesirable to pests.
  4. Metal: Termites avoid metal as it does not contain cellulose and is too hard to burrow through.

Termite Damage in Your Memphis TN Metro Area Home

Cellulose, found in wood, is the majority of a termite’s diet. Any wooden structure, especially if it comes in contact with the soil, is vulnerable to termite damage. To avoid costly damage to your Memphis TN Metro Area home or business and hours of frustration, it is best to partner with a professional pest control company like Allied Termite & Pest Control.

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