Built In Termite Invite

Home Builder with Floor Coverings International

Here is another fantastic and super informative post by Jay.  In the North East termites are a major concern and Jay lists some things NOT to do.  Please read on, you will be surprised as to what exactly can invite termites into your home.....

Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

When first walking around the rear of a house, I saw a shed.  At first glance it looked home made but okay!


Well, so then I noticed the collapsing roof.

... And the wood siding that is right on the ground, a big no no.

... And that it wasn't touching the house so lots of water would be getting inside.

... And that the door doesn't close properly, or even open very well.

But ASIDE from all that, hey, we have a shed!

I'm thinking garden tools, lawn mower, weed whacker, that sort of thing!

So I looked inside!













Well, none of the above!  It is full of wood, all sorts of wood!  And that wood is getting wet, all sorts of wet!

Wet and wood are a bad combination to have beside the house!  What better to attract termites!  You might say, "Yeah, but it's right up against a solid concrete foundation wall, so that's okay!"

Um, NO!!  A termite needs only 1/64th of an inch to get in!  Can you guarantee that such a crack is not behind that pile?  Or guarantee that some little fellow hasn't gotten in between the foundation wall and slab?  And inside the house at this point is a finished basement wall.  Can you guarantee that termites are not munching away behind the drywall?

Neither can I...

Are termites present here?  Well, I randomly grabbed a piece of wood and behold and lo!  It is a buffet!


There may be more termites in and under this pile of wood, all attracted there by this fine, and free*, buffet, than there are humans on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States!

NEVER pile wood near the house!

My recommendation:  Anything piled next to a house, regardless of foundation type, be it wood, stones, bricks, patio pavers, or even mulch (!), can attract termites right beside the house.  Why would anyone want to do that?

Sooo, don't do it!

* Wow, who says there's no such thing as a free lunch!  And now that I think about it, was that a Warren Buffet or a Jimmy Buffet?



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia


Comments (2)

Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

So true! I do a lot of work out of town buyers and sellers, and the Southeast is a KNOWN termite region, but any invitation will do - and wet wood is a great invite for termites!b

Dec 05, 2010 10:01 PM
Mark Woodward
Floor Coverings International - Randolph, NJ
We bring the flooring store to your door

Carol - you are so right! Too many poeple simply do not think of these things when stacking fire wood or laying mulch....

Dec 05, 2010 10:48 PM