Are Concrete Homes Protected Against Termites? 

27 June 2024 · 4 min read


When homeowners think about the structural integrity of their homes, the term “concrete” often evokes images of strength and durability. However, a common misconception is that concrete homes are immune to termite infestations. In reality, concrete homes do not protect against termites entirely due to cracks and gaps in the foundation. At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we’ve seen firsthand how subterranean termites can exploit vulnerabilities in homes with concrete exteriors but wooden interiors. These industrious pests can find their way through small cracks and gaps, reaching the wood they need to thrive. In this blog, we’ll share our expertise and experience to help you understand the risks and take proactive measures to protect your home from termite infestations. 

The Destructive Nature of Subterranean Termites 

Subterranean termites are among the most destructive termite species. Unlike drywood termites, which nest within the wood they consume, subterranean termites live in large underground colonies, often numbering in the millions. These colonies can extend several feet below the surface, and the termites create intricate tunnel systems to reach food sources above ground.  

Why Concrete Homes Are Not Immune 

One common misconception is that a concrete exterior can prevent termite infestations. While concrete is indeed an effective barrier against many pests, subterranean termites are uniquely adapted to overcome such obstacles. Here’s why:

Hidden Entry Points  

Termites can enter through cracks as small as 1/32 of an inch. These tiny cracks in concrete foundations, floors, and walls can serve as entry points for termites.   

Expansion Joints and Utility Penetrations   

Areas where different sections of concrete meet, such as expansion joints, can provide easy access for termites. Additionally, places where utility lines penetrate the concrete offer convenient entry points for these pests.   

Greenhouse Experience  

At Greenhouse, we have had customers with homes featuring concrete exteriors and wooden interior structures. Despite the sturdy concrete shell, subterranean termites managed to find their way inside. In these cases, we discovered multiple entry points and moisture issues that had attracted the termites. 

Recently, we had a customer who owned a home with a concrete exterior and wooden interior structures. Despite the sturdy concrete shell, subterranean termites managed to find their way inside. In these cases, we discovered multiple entry points and moisture issues that had attracted the termites. 

Key Findings  

In many of these cases, we have identified these issues as common reasons why termite colonies can thrive even in concrete homes. Potential entry points like tiny fissures in the concrete foundation provide opportunities for termites. Conditions such as damp environments in crawl spaces, often caused by leaks from plumbing pipes, can be ideal for termite colonies. Additionally, interior wooden elements such as door frames, support beams, and flooring can facilitate termite access. These vulnerabilities illustrate how subterranean termites can exploit various conditions to establish and thrive within homes, despite their concrete exteriors.  

How to Protect Your Concrete Home 

Understanding the risks is the first step in protecting your home. Here are proactive measures you can take to reduce the risk of a subterranean termite infestation.  

Regular inspections by a professional pest control service are crucial to identifying potential entry points and early signs of termite activity. At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we recommend annual inspections to proactively manage potential infestations.  

Thoroughly inspect your home’s foundation, walls, and floors for any cracks or gaps. Using a high-quality sealant, such as silicone or polyurethane, can effectively block these potential entry points and reduce the risk of termites infiltrating your home.  

Addressing moisture issues is also essential. Promptly fix any leaks, ensure proper drainage around your home, and use dehumidifiers in damp areas. Proper ventilation in crawl spaces and basements helps to maintain lower moisture levels, discouraging termite activity.  

Eco-Friendly Termite Protection  

At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we rely on the eco-friendly Sentricon® stations to protect your home from termite infestations. Our Sentricon® system includes both inground and above-ground stations designed to effectively intercept and eliminate termites.  

The Sentricon® Stations are discreetly placed around your property, forming an inground termite baiting system aimed at preventing and eradicating termite colonies before they can reach your home. These stations act as a barrier, intercepting termites are they forage for food.  

Inside your home, above-ground Sentricon® Stations are strategically installed where termite activity is observed, such as mud tunnels or blow holes in walls. Placed directly on the affected walls, these stations provide a targeted defense without disrupting your living space. Termites are attracted to the bait inside the stations, which they then carry back to their colony, effectively eliminating the infestation.  

Our Sentricon® system is eco-friendly and poses no risk to your family, pets, or the environment. During installation or maintenance, there is no need for homeowners to leave the house, ensuring convenience and peace of mind.  

The Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control Advantage

With decades of experience in termite control, Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control is your trusted partner in safeguarding your home. Our team of experts use state-of-the-art technology and proven methods to detect and eliminate termite infestations.  

Our technicians are highly trained and certified in termite control. We stay updated with the latest advancements in pest control to provide you with the best service possible.  

As industry leaders in termite and pest control, we have built a reputation on successful outcomes and satisfied customers. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we address not just the symptoms but the root cause of termite infestations. 

We pride ourselves on transparency and integrity. From the initial inspection to the implementation of treatment plans, we communicate clearly with our clients, ensuring they understand the process and expected outcomes.  

Concrete homes with wooden interiors are susceptible to subterranean termite infestations despite their sturdy exteriors. These pests can exploit even the smallest weaknesses in your home’s structure. By understanding the risks and taking proactive measures, including eco-friendly termite protection solutions, you can safeguard your home from these hidden invaders. At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we are committed to helping you maintain a termite-free home through our expertise, eco-friendly solutions, and dedication to quality service.  

Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule a termite inspection with us today and ensure your home remains protected and secure.  

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