A Step-By-Step Termite-Prevention Guide For Las Vegas Property Owners

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April 9, 2021

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The warm weather never really goes away in Las Vegas, does it? But many pests tend to come up in search of new habitats in the spring, such as termites. After the not-so-cold winter season, termites send scouts out in search of other places to call home. Your Las Vegas abode could be their next target. Once they get in, termites will start chewing away at the wood in the foundations of your home, often without you noticing until the damage is extensive. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to try to prevent these destructive pests from moving in. Read on to learn more.

Why Termites Are Dangerous For Your Las Vegas Home

Because termites are small, many people underestimate them. They are almost ant-like in shape, with long, narrow bodies that range from white to darker tones. Termites aren’t a direct nuisance to humans, so many think that they’re no big deal. They don’t bite or annoy humans like other pests, but they use their saw-like jaws to eat away at wooden foundations, one bite at a time. So what draws them to seek out our houses in the first place?

Termites are always on the search for bare necessities like water and shelter. Spring is prime time for termites to send out their scouts. These scouts snoop out the best available places to take shelter, and then can invite thousands of other termites to come along with them. By the time they make their way into your home and begin devouring your wooden floors, foundations, and other wooden areas, it can be difficult to spot the damage. When you do notice, chances are the damage will be substantial. The trick is to keep termites from getting in in the first place.

How To Prevent Termites From Getting Into Your Las Vegas Home

You’ll be hard-pressed to get rid of termites with do-it-yourself methods. Termites dig themselves into your home and remain completely hidden. Preventing their scouts from choosing your home is key. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your Las Vegas property as termite-proof as possible:

  • Seal small holes or cracks around your foundation and outer walls to keep not only termites from getting inside but other pests as well.
  • Deal with excess moisture on your property, such as leaking pipes and faucets.
  • Ensure that any wood sections of your home are at least 18 inches away from the soil in your yard.
  • Check the outside of your home for mud tubes: these are mud-like paths that termites use to travel on your foundation so they aren't exposed to the elements.
  • Check for hollow or bruised wood within your home.
  • Store sources of wood, such as firewood, at least 5 inches off the ground and 20 feet away from your house.
  • Keep an eye out for discarded termite swarmer wings or sawdust-like termite feces.

After taking these steps, consider scheduling a professional inspection. Our team of experts at Red Rock Pest Control is available to inspect your home, assess whether or not you have a termite problem, and provide additional methods for termite-proofing your property.

Keep Termites Away For Good With Red Rock Pest Control

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” for a reason. They pose an expensive threat to your property, and in extreme cases, can ruin your home completely. Red Rock Pest Control is here to help you save thousands of dollars by avoiding property damage. Contact us today to learn more about our reliable termite control plans that will keep your Las Vegas home free from destructive insects.