When exterior sidings on a home extend below the soil or come in direct contact with the soil, termites can build their mud tubes between the foundation and the siding. To reduce the risk of termite infestation and to be able to see an infestation, all exterior sidings should be about 6-8 inches above the soil. This is especially true with stucco coating on wood-frame wall construction.
On the outside, a wood-framed wall coated with stucco appears to be solid concrete with no way for termites to get in. However, stucco coatings are applied to a wire mesh that is attached to the wood sheathing of the wall. When the wire is installed below the surface of the soil it creates a gap that is wide enough for termites to tunnel behind the stucco into the home. Because they are tunneling behind the stucco, the tunnels are not visible and this can result in an infestation going undetected for a long time.
If your home is constructed of wood-framing with an exterior coating of stucco extending below the soil, it is highly recommended that you have an annual termite inspection by a professional. A proper inspection will determine if the stucco is providing a hidden avenue for termites into your home,
Contact Massey Services for your Free Termite Inspection. We will also provide you a detailed report of any findings along with our recommendations to protect your home.