The Role Of Moisture In Attracting Pests
How moisture attracts termites
Termites live in the ground or hide inside the wood they feed on. They rarely come out of hiding because termite workers tend to dry out when exposed for too long. For this reason, workers attack homes where moisture is present. They need dark, humid environments to survive, and they create mud tunnels up to the wood inside most homes. A crawl space is dark. If it is also humid, termites will thank you for it.
Moisture in your crawl space does something else that attracts termites. Dampness can create the conditions for wood to rot. Worker termites target decaying wood first, but they quickly move on to sound structural timbers that are not moisture-damaged.
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