Seven Myths About Las Vegas Termites You May Still Believe


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Unless you have directly dealt with termites in the past, there is a good chance you have never given these pests a second thought. You know they destroy homes but have also likely heard a number of rumors that may or may not be true. To help set the record straight today, here are seven myths about termites, and the truth behind each.

Myth One: Termites serve no purpose; they simply exist to destroy.

It is easy to think that termites are useless creatures. Besides, how could a pest that destroys homes be beneficial? Turns out, without termites, the forest would be full of rotting and decaying fallen trees, stumps, and sticks. In nature, termites help break down water-damaged, rotting, and decaying wood, returning it into the earth in the form of nutrient-rich fecal matter.

Myth Two: Termites are part of the ant family.

Termites have been described as white ants. This alone has lead many people to believe that they are part of the same family. In reality, termites share more in common with cockroaches than with ants.

Myth Three: If I have a lot of mulch or decaying wood near my home, termites will leave me alone.

Termites love wood-based mulch and decaying wood and will eat it up in a heartbeat. If you have wood-based mulch or decaying wood near your home’s exterior, termites will be drawn in. They will not, however, stop at the tasty snacks outdoors. They will also check your home’s foundation wood to see if it is edible as well. If your home’s structural wood is water-damaged, rotting, or in decay, be sure termites close by will chew their way indoors.

Myth Four: Termite infestations are easy to detect.

You would know if your home was being eaten by termites, right? Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. When termites invade homes, they do so deep into structural wood, behind wallpaper, and in other hard-to-see locations. It’s only after months or years of damage that clear signs of a termite infestation present themself such as overly squeaky floorboards, tight-fitting doors and windows, and moisture damage to wallpaper, paint, and drywall.

Myth Five: Termites can eat through concrete.

Termites do not eat concrete and are incapable of chewing through it. If your home has a barrier of concrete, stone, or brick between its exterior and its structural wood, termites will be forced to find a more creative way to invade. If they can’t find a crack or gap that lets them safely crawl up to your home’s wood, termites will build pencil-sized mud tubes from exterior soil up to where they need to go.

Myth Six: It only takes one treatment to prevent termites.

Most pests are preventable with general treatments, prevention tips, and monthly home maintenance. Termites are a bit different. Because they can chew directly into homes, a more robust approach is needed to keep them out. There is no one application, fix-all solution to a termite infestation.

Myth Seven: You can handle a termite problem on your own with little to no experience.

Without extensive training and the right equipment, termites are impossible to eliminate and exclude from homes. If you have the time, energy, and money to learn how to treat termites on your own, we wish you luck. If you are looking for an effective and simple solution to termites looking to get into your Las Vegas home, Red Rock Pest Control is here to help. Our team of highly trained technicians is equipped with the industry-leading treatments and advanced methods needed to remove and keep termites off your property.
Reach out to us today by phone or through our website to discover your solution to a termite infestation.


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