Three Parts Of Your Home You Didn't Know Termites Could Eat
It's common knowledge that termites will feed on the wooden structure of a home and cause incredible damage, but they eat other things as well. This is why these pests are able to cause an estimated $5 billion worth of damage in the United States every year. Here are three parts of your home that you didn't know termites could eat.
Termites may leave unsightly holes in your home's carpeting. This may seem unbelievable, but termites will eat any object that is made of cellulose. Cellulose is chain of sugars that makes up the cell walls of plants, and while humans can't break it down, it's the main food source for termites.
If your carpets are made of viscose, also called rayon, termites will eat them. This is because viscose is made of a paste of cotton and wood pulp. This paste is turned into yarn, which is then woven into rugs. You'll see holes in your carpets if termites are feeding on them.
While you probably already know that termites could feed on your wooden bookshelves, you may be surprised to open your favorite book to find that termites have chewed holes throughout the pages. This damage can be extensive, and you will see deep tunnels throughout the thickness of the books.
Paper manufacturers press moist cellulose pulp into thin sheets and then dry them to produce paper. This means that your home library looks like a delicious buffet to a colony of termites. If you're worried that your home may contain termites, you can protect your books by storing them in plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids.
Drywall is a material that's used to make the walls and ceilings inside your home. Drywall is appealing to termites because it contains cellulose. Drywall panels consist of a slab of gypsum plaster—also called plaster of Paris—with a layer of paper on each side. This paper is an ideal food for termites, just like other wood products.
If termites are eating your drywall, you may notice that your paint looks like it's bubbling or peeling. This happens when the drywall behind the paint is eaten away. If you have wallpaper, you may notice holes on your walls, since the termites will eat right through the drywall and into the cellulose-rich wallpaper.
Termites don't just destroy the wooden structure of your home; they'll eat anything that contains cellulose. To keep your home safe, contact a pest control company for a termite inspection.
For more information, contact Freedom Pest Solutions or a similar company.