The Trick To Early Termite Detection In Your Las Vegas Home

5/8/2020


termites damaging wood

In Las Vegas, we’re all about hustle and bustle. Wood-eating termites can certainly cramp our style. They aren’t just a nuisance; they can literally destroy a building. If that isn’t unsettling enough, know that termites can go undetected for long periods. You may not know they’re around until extensive damage is done. Each year, American home and business owners spend a total of $5 billion in termite deterrent and recovery costs. This is one of many reasons why catching them early is critical. Learn how to spot termites, and what Red Rock Pest Control can do for you.

What Do Termites Look Like? What Are The Signs Of An Infestation?

Termite colonies have three classes, each has specific features:

  • Workers: These dominate the colony. They’re white or grayish white, and are ⅛ of an inch long. Due to these traits, they’re frequently described as “white ants.” 
  • Soldiers: They’re a tad larger than their worker relatives. They’re yellow or yellow-brown and have rectangular-shaped heads. Their front jaws help them protect the group.
  • Swarmers: They’re the biggest, at ½ of an inch long. Their color varies; they can be black, brown, or yellow. They have wings that extend past their bodies. Reproduction is their primary duty.

Termites toil, breed, and feed deep inside the soil or inside wood. This is the reason most people are unaware of termite activity on their property. They’re only seen when their nests are packed full and swarmers leave to form fresh colonies. This mating and building process usually starts in the spring. If you have an infestation, you’ll see swarmers crawling out of wall cracks and flying near light sources such as a lamp or window.

Additional signs of a termite infestation are:

  • Windows and doors that are tight-fitting
  • Off-colored or slumping drywall
  • Several small wall holes the size of a pencil-point
  • Collapsing or loose floorboards and tiles
  • Chipping and swollen paint similar to water-damaged paint
  • Fecal waste piles that seem like a salt and pepper spill
  • Hollow-sounding or ruined wood
  • Foundations with mud tubes 
  • Pieces of scaly swarmer wings lying around
  • Rustling or soft clicking noises behind walls

How You Can Prevent Termites 

Given that termites target wood, you may think preventing them will require throwing out all of your furniture or living in a steel house. Fortunately, that’s not the case. There are many other ways to defend your home against termites. All you have to do is tend to your yard and the structural quality of your property:

  • Toss or fix any deteriorating wood, especially if it’s been damaged by water.
  • Repair moisture issues, particularly those making wood wet (ex. Leaking pipes).
  • Keep stored wood away from soil and distanced from your property (ex. Lumber panels).
  • Seal gaps and cracks in walls, foundations, pipes, wires, and other utility lines.
  • Groom shrubs, bushes, plants, and flowers. Also, have them several feet from your front door.
  • Clean gutters and vents regularly.

How Does Red Rock Pest Control Handle Termites?

Red Rock Pest Control is proud to say we’re a Certified Termidor® provider. That means you’ll receive prevention, treatment and monitoring care approved by leaders in termite control. It all starts with a thorough inspection to locate susceptible areas. Then we’ll hand you a custom proposal with our recommendations. The next step is to address the problem. Depending on the situation, we’ll apply Termidor® products to the interior, the exterior, and/or plumbing penetrations on your property. This will put a protective barrier in place and feed the termites something they can’t withstand. Don’t wait another moment to guard your Las Vagas home! Call us today for a free inspection!




 

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