They're tiny, can attack without warning and, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, cost Americans over $2 billion each year in property damage. Termites are a common problem in homes across the United States, and many homeowners are misinformed about this destructive pest. Don't fall victim to any of these common termite myths, or else you could find yourself calling a pest control agent to combat your own infestation:
I Don't Live in the South, So I'm Safe
Although they are more prevalent in the southern United States, unfortunately, termites can infest a home just about anywhere. There are several different species of termites, and each has its own environmental preference.
For example, according to Termites 101, Subterranean termites have been found in every state, except Alaska.
If you live in an area where termites are more prevalent, such as Florida or California, contact a pest control agent to determine which type of this common invader is eating away at your home. The agent will have a variety of tools at their disposal that will work to eliminate that particular type of termite.
I Have a Brick House and A Cement Slab, So I'm Safe
Many people who live in a brick home are surprised when they have a termite infestation. This is because they were laboring under the impression that termites cannot chew through the brick, or the home's concrete slab.
While it's true that termites cannot eat through cement or brick, they can squeeze through a very small hole or crack. Once inside your home, they will look for any source of wood, including the wood frame that is supporting your house.
This is why it's vital that you keep a watchful eye on your brick home, and if you notice any signs of a termite infestation, such as damaged wood or termite burrows, don't hesitate to contact a professional immediately.
My Neighbor Tented Their House, and Now I Have Their Termites
You've recently noticed a lot of activity at your neighbor's home, and soon discover, they have a nasty termite infestation. You thank your lucky stars it's them and not you – that is until you begin to notice an infestation in your own home or backyard.
It's a common misconception that instead of perishing during a termite treatment, the clever insects will simply run for the safety of another structure. However, chances are that the pest control company that treated your neighbor's home was successful, and that you are another unfortunate victim of the same colony.
Instead of blaming your neighbors for your new found termite woes, ask them about their termite infestation, and what they did to control this unrelenting pest.
Termites Are Nothing But a Destructive Menace
Termites have gotten a bad rap because they cause so much destruction. This has led many to believe that this insect is nothing but a nuisance – but this couldn't be further from the truth. In actuality, termites play a vital role in nature because they breakdown decaying wood and other organic matter. This nutrient-rich matter then makes its way into the soil, which allows new trees and foliage to thrive.
It's not the termites' fault they love to devour your beautiful home along with decaying trees!
Now that a few of the many termite-related myths have been dispelled, it's time for you learn as much as you can about this common pest, and not assume they won't make a tasty meal out of your home. If you suspect you do have a termite infestation, don't hesitate to contact a professional from a firm like Greenleaf Organic Pest Management immediately before they cause even more destruction.