I personally see more damage near the back door where firewood has been stacked for easy access when stoking the fireplace. Termites can enter a home by slipping through cracks in concrete foundations. My son had termites enter through the AC ventilation boots poured in the foundation.
Tips for protecting your investment...
- Keep foundations from moving or cracking. Moisture on one side of your home and dry on the other, may cause foundation movements.
- Take water away from your home's foundation by using gutters and downspouts.
- Keep firewood, mulch and wood chips away from the house.
- Ventilate crawl spaces to reduce humidity.
A home owner's best defense is to schedule regular inspections with a Pest Management Specialist. When purchasing a home, it's always wise decision to do an inspection for wood destroying organisms. If the home is 5 years old or newer, it should have been "pre-treated" for termites. Ask the builder or owner for the paperwork.