Avoiding Termites In Las Vegas
Termites are a problem in every state in the U.S. except Alaska. Despite that, there are certain conditions they favor that make them more active in some states than in others. Here in Nevada, and more specifically in Las Vegas, our hot summers and mild winters are ideal conditions for termites to thrive year-round. If you want to avoid having termites take up residence in your Las Vegas home, you must take action.
Why Termites are Bad News for Las Vegas Homes
Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to structures around the United States every single year. They eat away at the wooden structures within your home, digging tunnels inside them and weakening their structural integrity. Sometimes, by the time homeowners realize they have a termite infestation, the damage is so extensive they have to leave their home over safety concerns.
Understanding the Termite Caste System
To know how termites get away with doing so much damage without being noticed, it helps to understand their caste system. In a termite colony, every termite has a job. There are the king and queen, the reproductives, the soldiers, and the workers. Nearly all of these termites will spend their lives hidden underground or within the walls of your home, never coming out in the open.
The worker termites are the ones that cause the damage. They are responsible for building tunnels and nesting areas, taking care of the young, and feeding all the other termites in the colony. The only termites that purposely come out in the open are the reproductive members of the colony, and this is only for a short time to mate.
Spotting the Signs of a Termite Infestation
Because they stay hidden, it is easy to understand why it can be challenging to spot signs of a termite infestation. Early indications are almost non-existent and usually take a trained eye to see. Even the more established symptoms of an infestation can be easily overlooked. Some signs of a termite infestation include:
Mud tubes along your foundation walls
Grooves along the outside of a piece of wood
Small holes in wooden structures, with a sawdust-like substance called frass, in piles below the holes
A swarm of reproductive termites or their discarded wings (this usually occurs in spring)
What to Do if You Suspect a Termite Infestation
If you suspect termites are in your house, contact Red Rock Pest Control immediately. We provide termite inspections performed by our professional pest control technicians trained in spotting even the most subtle signs of a termite infestation.
Whether you have a current termite infestation or want to prevent one from occurring, Red Rock Pest Control offers comprehensive termite treatment plans that will protect your home from termites and the costly damage they cause. Contact us to schedule your inspection and protect your Las Vegas home from the threat of termites.