Termites are insects that commonly destroy the wood in our home.  And they do so all year long.  Termites cause around $6 billion of damage in the United States every year. There are various termite species, and some are drawn to particular kinds of wood. If you have a termite infestation, understanding what they like may help you notice any damage early enough before serious issues arise. 

Why Do Termites Eat Wood?

Although many people believe that termites consume wood, what they actually consume is cellulose, which they use as the main source of energy. Considering that wood is a good source of cellulose, termites frequently choose it as their preferred food. Anything plant-based will attract termites since it has a chemical reaction that they love. They can frequently search for other sources of food besides wood as well.

What Wood Do Termites Prefer?

  • Dry, smooth and/or untreated wood – Hardwood floors, banisters, wainscoting, and wood furniture are attractive food sources for many termites, the softer springwood especially.
  • Particle board – If you have damp and swollen boards, be careful. It is attractive to certain termites.
  • Paper-based materials – Plasterboard lining papers are also attractive to termites.

Material Not Targeted by Termites

  • Bamboo – Termites are not attracted to bamboo. Many experts think it is because the brittle outer shell is a natural deterrent for termites, and they prefer easier meals.
  • OSB – It is heavily fragmented with wood strands, so termites would not target it.
  • Pressure Treated Lumber – It has many preservatives, anti-pesticides, and antifungal components. Therefore, termites are less likely to eat it.

Termites are strong and difficult to eradicate without professional interference. Team Bug Out is here to help.

It can be quite frustrating and stressful to have termite pests. Seeing the initial signs of damage is the first step in making sure they don’t take over your home.

Contact us if you think you may have termite pests.