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Can termites come up in interior walls of my home?

Timber beam of door damaged by termite which eat for a long time

Termites can show up anywhere in your home, including interior walls. For the following scenario, imagine a single story, ranch style home on a monolithic concrete slab.

In the state of Georgia, the most common type of termite that we deal with is the Eastern Subterranean termite. These types of termites live under ground. They create tubes and tunnels underneath the ground, travel up underneath structures, and then build tubes and tunnels into the structure, invading it from the ground up. Concrete, which is what monolithic slabs are made of, constantly expands and contracts with the changing temperatures, eventually causing it to crack. The concrete cracks may form near the edge of the structure, in the inner most section of the structure, or all of the way across the slab. Upon finding these cracks, termites will build their tunnels up through the crack, and into the main structure of the home. This area may or may not be an exterior wall.

The positive side of this, if there is any, is that there are ways of treating termites that have reached interior areas. Floors can be drilled, and foam can be injected into walls. I’ll go into further detail on these in future articles.

If you have termites in your home and are looking for a free consultation contact the pest control professionals at Proactive Pest Control.