If you have a damp, dark basement, you may already have a problem with mold growing on the wooden support beams. However, the fungal growth may lead to a termite infestation, another serious issue. Below are three reasons why termites are attracted to the mold growing in your basement.

Termites and Mold Love the Same Environment

When your basement remains dark and closed in, the moisture and lighting provide the perfect environment in which mold loves to grow. Unfortunately, termites also love this type of atmosphere as well.

If the wood in your basement stays wet, it will start to rot. This makes your home's wooden support structures softer, making it an ideal diet for the termites who like to munch on already softened wood they can easily digest.

Mold Breaks Down and Makes Wood Softer

As if already rotting wood were not soft enough for the termites, mold growth only compounds the problem. As the spores grow into full-blown fungi, the chemical byproducts of the mold speed up the breakdown of the wood fibers. 

As a result, the areas on which mold grows becomes even softer. The termites then do not have to wait too long or work so hard to burrow into the wood to make their home and feed the swarm.

Mycotoxins from Mold Make Wood Tastier 

Rapid rotting is not the only thing mold does to wood that attracts a termite colony. Along with making the wood easier to digest, the mold also makes the wood tastier to the insects.

The mycotoxins that are responsible for symptoms and illnesses in you and your household members have a different effect on termites. These toxic chemicals soak into the wood as the fungi grow. The larger the growths, the more the mycotoxins are absorbed into the wood.

When termites start munching the chemical-soaked wood, they are met with a sweet, wonderful delicacy. The wood tastes delicious to the insects, so they are apt to eat away at your home's wood infrastructure even more voraciously, leading to extensive damage in a shorter time frame.

When you see mold growing on your basement's wood, check the area carefully for tiny holes or mud tunnels. If you see these signs, the mold has attracted termites, and you need to take action as soon as possible. Contact a professional like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control who specializes in termite control so they can inspect the damage and offer suggestions on getting rid of your pest problem.