Contrary to popular belief, your mobile home can be at risk from attack by termites, and just because your van has steel framework doesn't make it a termite-safe zone. Both subterranean and drywood species of termites can attack mobile homes. So, how can you prevent the dreaded white ants from infesting your van? Read on to find out more.
Subterranean termites feed on the cellulose found in wood and wood products. The insects live in underground colonies, using mud tunnels to travel around in search of food. Mobile homes with wooden floors and frames are therefore very attractive to subterranean termites.
Termites can use the concrete block support piers that your mobile home sits on to travel upwards towards the wood. The network of pipes and cables attached underneath your van can also be used as conduits by the termites.
Skirting around the mobile home can also be used by termites to get to the wood inside. They will construct mud tunnels inside the skirting, staying hidden whilst they travel around unnoticed. This can lead to extensive damage being caused, before you even notice that there is an infestation.
Drywood termites live above ground. In the springtime and early summer the termites swarm on the wing from their colony in search of mates and fresh territory. The female termites lay eggs in a crack in wood. The eggs hatch, the larvae eat the wood surrounding their nest and a new colony is formed.
Drywood termites will attack the wood sidings, shutters, eaves, trim, and the wood underneath the mobile home.
The best prevention strategy for termites is to have your mobile home inspected on a regular basis by a good pest control company. These experts will be best-equipped to treat termite infestations quickly and efficiently, minimising the damage these pests can cause.
In between inspections it's a good idea to use termite bait traps and sprays around areas outside your mobile home where termites could seek to gain access to wood. Your local pest control firm will be able to advise you on which the best products to use are and how to apply them. Pest control specialists in your area will also know which species of termites are prevalent in your locality, an important consideration when choosing preventative treatments.
If you have a mobile home, don't think that it won't be attractive to termites! Ask your local pest control company for more information on termite control and prevention and to arrange an inspection.