Termites in Cabinets

Every year termites invade thousands of homes. The homeowners spend thousands of dollars annually treating termites and repairing the damage that they cause.

When termites invade a home, they often attack cabinets. Termites in cabinets can remain hidden for a long time. They can cause serious damage to the cabinet, to the contents, and to the structure of the home.

There are several ways termites can attack cabinets. In homes that are built on concrete slabs, termites often attack kitchen cabinets. If the kitchen is built on an exterior wall, termites often enter through a crack between the slab and the patio or porch. The termites travel under the home’s siding and they enter the cabinets from the wall in the back.

Termites can also enter kitchen cabinets from the bottom. They travel through the slab by following the plumbing or drainpipes. Depending on the direction of the pipes, the termites can attack the cabinets from the wall or from underneath.

Termites often attack cabinets in family rooms or living rooms. The termites use the fireplace as their entryway into the home. They often squeeze through a crack in the foundation. They can sometimes find entryways through the base of the fireplace.

Once the termites have gotten through the foundation, thy attack the walls beside the fireplace. If there are shelves or cabinets beside the fireplace, the termite may be able to work for along time without being notices. They frequently damage books, photo albums, and other items that are stored in these areas.

Bathroom cabinets are also common termite targets. The termites enter the bathroom by following a plumbing pipe as it passes through the foundation. Termites frequently damage vanities, but they also damage cabinets above the commode. Termites also attack linen cabinets. If termites have entered the cabinet from the back, they can often remain hidden for a ling time.

Termites can be very destructive in cabinets. Many homeowners have their home inspected regularly by a termite control professional. These experts can recognize the signs of termite activity. They understand termite behavior and habits and they know where the common termite entryways are located.