You remember the tale of the Three Little Pigs, right? The first pig built a house out of straw and the Big Bad Wolf took it down easily. The second pig built his house out of sticks–wood–and the Big Bad Wolf didn’t have any trouble with that one either. Termites would have been just as bad.
The third Little Pig built his house out of bricks and he was safe from the Big Bad Wolf, but what about termites?
It turns out that having a house built of bricks doesn’t protect you completely from the ravages of termites.
According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: To get into a structure, termites must build a mud tube over the foundation or they must have a crack in the foundation or floor. Termites can squeeze through a 1/32-inch crack.”
The underlying structure of even a brick house is made of wood and wood is what termites are looking for. Since their method of ingress is via mud tubes that they make themselves, termites can access the wood inside your brick home quite easily. And in fact they are harder to see entering a brick structure.
It is not safe to assume that because you own a house with a brick facade you are safe from worry about termites. You still need to practice termite prevention to keep your home termite free (from the National Pest Management Association):
Bricks are beautiful, but they don’t prevent termites!