Why Does Moisture Attract Termites?

How do termites respond to humidity and why does it attract them? Accumulated dry wood, cracks in the foundations, sawdust, and dry leaves… There are dozens of elements that are most attractive to termites, insects that can cause serious damage to structures and buildings. But if there is a factor that is especially irresistible for termites, (besides wood), that is humidity.

Keys to the behavior of termites and humidity

To begin with, termite nests are located on the ground, where the most suitable conditions for proliferation are found. It is precisely in this element that moisture accumulates.

At this point, we highlight that with the arrival of good weather and the rains that precede it (spring) the termites look for new structures to live in. So that if any element of wood has been damaged (either by rainfall or as a result of severe winter weather), the rotting of the wood due to humidity will be the perfect breeding ground for the termites in San Diego to give themselves a treat of good feast and feel at home.

Not all termites respond the same to moisture

While it is true that some types of termites such as the canary dry wood can do without moisture to proliferate, other species such as the damp wood termites (Family Hodotermitidae ) need soft, moist wood. Therefore, they are attracted to basements and spaces with high levels of ambient humidity.

These insects live in colonies and at their peak of maturity, they release dispersive (that is, winged males and females) from the end of spring until autumn, and can wreak real havoc on homes or businesses where the conditions are right.

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