Termites in Mobile Homes

Every year termites attack thousands of homes and buildings. American homeowners spend millions of dollars annually to treat termites and repair the damage that they cause.

Many people who own mobile homes have the impression that termites cannot attack their home. Some of them think that the steel framework makes the home impervious to termites. Others think that since the home is elevated, termites cannot invade it. In fact, termites attack hundreds of mobile homes every year. Subterranean termites attack mobile homes in every part of the country. In some areas, drywood termites also attack mobile homes.

Subterranean termites live in colonies in the ground. They eat cellulose, so they attack anything made of wood, cardboard, and paper. They travel inside dirt tunnels to reach a food source that is above ground. Since mobile homes have wooden floors and wooden framing, they contain a lot of cellulose. This makes mobile homes very attractive to subterranean termites.

Concrete block piers support many mobile homes. The termites can easily travel upward on the piers to reach the wood in the mobile home. They can also travel along the pipes and cables that are attached to the underside of the home.

If the mobile home has skirting, termites can also use it as a way to reach the wood in the home. Subterranean termites often make dirt tunnels on the inside of the skirting. They can stay hidden inside these tunnels and travel to find food in the mobile home. The termites can often work for a long time without being noticed. Because they can say hidden, they can often cause significant damage to the home.

Drywood termites do not live in the soil. They attack wood that is above ground level. These termites are common in the warmer parts of the United States. Their range extends from the Mid–Atlantic region, along the Gulf Coast, through the Southwest, and along the Pacific Coast.

During the spring and summer, drywood termite swarmers fly out of their colony to find mates. When they land on something that is made of wood, they settle into a crack and start to produce eggs. They excavate the crack to make their nest. As the colony grows, the termites enlarge the nest by eating the wood where they are nesting.

Mobile homes have wood on the exterior. Many mobile homes have wood siding. Many of them also have wood trim, shutters, and eaves. In many cases, the home is not skirted, so the wood underneath is also exposed.

Every year drywood termites attack hundreds of mobile homes. They find cracks in the wood trim where they make nests and start colonies. Although drywood termite colonies develop slowly, over time they can cause extensive damage. Experts recommend that homeowners have an annual termite inspection. Many termite control professionals offer this service. These experts have the tools to conduct a thorough inspection. They can recognize the signs of every type of termite activity. If treatment in required, they can recommend the treatment that will be most effective.