How to Get Rid of Termites: A Complete Guide

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Termites can be a very big expense if they have made a home for themselves on your property. In just the United States alone, termites cause over $5 billion in damages to structures every year.

This is because a termite colony can expand very quickly with hundreds of thousands of termites. When there is an extreme termite infestation the termites can even reach over a million. 

Termites are not the biggest concern to homeowners in Las Vegas, but the most prominent species of termite, known as the western subterranean termite, is known to cause the most damage

They are usually found in developed areas in places with warm climates. Therefore, your property in Las Vegas is at high risk of an infestation throughout the year.  These pests thrive in temperatures that range from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not need a high humidity level to survive, so they can be found in any area with dry wood.The ideal climate for drywood termites is warm and dry.

Termites can invade your property without your knowledge and they can situate themselves there for months and sometimes even years without you realizing. The longer they stay, the more damage they cause.

Termites live off of wood, so once they enter your walls they can sustain themselves by eating away at the wooden structures within the walls. This causes significant damage which will be very expensive to repair.

Las Vegas is similar to other areas where termites can be a detrimental pest to have in your residence or commercial property. In most cases, you will probably be unaware of a termite infestation until it is too late.

Many times, if the termite colony is quite large, it can cause serious damage to your property in a relatively short period. So if a large colony has invaded your space and they have situated themselves there for a long time, you will be looking at thousands of dollars in damages.

If you want to protect your home from termites you will have to hire professionals to eliminate them should you have an infestation. You should then take the necessary preventative measures so that you can ensure that there are no future infestations that occur. 

Termite mating is done during Swarming. Swarming is only carried out by the winged reproductive members of the colony. Once they pair up and find a mate they shed their wings and then go underground so that they can form a new colony.

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What Are Some Signs of A Termite Infestation?

There are some pretty common signs that termites have invaded your property and walls. However, these signs are very subtle and can be overlooked easily, especially if you do not know what you are looking for.

Usually, if you do come across any signs, then it indicates that the termite colony has most likely grown too large.

Some of the obvious signs of termite damage are having:

  • Sagging walls, 
  • Bulging ceilings,
  • Buckling floors,
  • Doors and windows that are difficult to open and close

If you notice that there are mud tubes on the outside of your foundation walls, then you may have an infestation or it could be signs of an inactive colony that left your home.

Regardless, you should contact a professional exterminator to have a more in-depth look.

Another place to look at for any termite activity is where any wood comes into contact with the soil. If there are any grooves or damage on the wood then it is a sign of termite activity.

Other signs of a termite infestation can include:

  • Discarded wings
  • Termite droppings

There is also a possibility that the infestation is flying ants rather than termites. There are subtle differences between the two, mainly that a termite’s wings are equal in length while the front pair are of equal length, but the front pair of a flying ant’s wings are longer than the back pair. 

In addition, termites have straight antennae, while ants’ antennae are elbowed. Finally, termites have wide waists, while ants have segmented bodies.

It should be known that in many cases, homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage. This is because it is considered a preventable expense. So, it is highly recommended to hire a reliable contractor to conduct yearly inspections and also place preventative measures.

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Ways of Getting Rid of Termites

There are various ways to eliminate your termite infestation related issues. You can make use of do-it-yourself treatments, however, if you are a novice or you do not know the extent of the infestation, you should contact a professional contractor to aid you. Red Rock Pest Control has certified technicians who can help.

A good contractor should have an effective and reliable treatment method to eradicate all the pests. 

They should conduct an inspection in which they should survey your home or business and the surrounding property signs of termite activity and any damages that may have been caused. They can also scan to see if any conditions are favorable to termite infestations.

One of the best methods to use is using a liquid treatment such as Termidor®. To best use such a product, the contractor should dig a shallow trench that surrounds your property.

The next step should be to then apply the product to the product to the base of the foundation. This creates a continuous barrier of protection against any wood-destroying termites that threaten your property.

The contractor should also look at the plumbing to see if there are any penetrations in the foundation and treat them accordingly to add protection in vulnerable areas.

Termidor® liquid treatment is a very effective treatment when it comes to eliminating termites. It bonds tightly to the soil to create a continuous zone of termite protection after being applied along your foundation walls. 

Because Termidor® is undetectable to termites, they will travel through the treated area without knowing and thus they will not try to avoid the area. The termites do not have to ingest Termidor® but even if they merely come into contact with it, it will prove fatal.

In addition, Termidor® has a transfer effect. This means that even if one termite comes into contact with the treatment, it can spread throughout its colony as if it were a virus and therefore it will eventually eliminate the entire termite colony.

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Where to Find Help?

Finding a reliable contractor is important to help you tackle your termite infestation, and also set up preventative measures. At Red Rock Pest Control we provide you with the best service possible and you will get a free inspection!

All you need to do is visit our website as linked above or contact us at (702) 518-2580 and we can get started right away!