Termites in Texas
If you are new to Texas, beware! In pest control lingo, Texas’s climate locates it in the “Termite Belt.” The Eastern Subterranean Termite, the most common termite in Texas, lives in underground colonies located between 5 and 30 feet below the surface near large food supplies. Worker termites continuously leave the colony to find food and bring it back to feed the colony. Since termites eat wood, unprotected homes are an attractive food source.
EIFS or synthetic stucco. Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems (EIFS) use synthetic materials to cover exterior home walls. It looks like real stucco, is easier to install than real stucco, and has better insulation characteristics than real stucco. However, EIFS-clad homes can absorb and hold moisture much more readily than can traditional hard coat stucco homes. Since termites require moisture to survive, the moisture may contribute to termite infestations.