The Ultimate Guide To Avoiding Termite Damage In Las Vegas
Ah, Vegas. What a town. The luster of Vegas is undeniable. With some of the most enjoyable tourist attractions and nightlife in the world, it’s a hotspot for vacations, birthday parties, honeymoons, and yes, a few weddings as well.
Tourism adds to our local economy, but it also creates chaos. At times, we crave the solace that comes with being at home. Unfortunately, the threat of unwanted pests threatens the peace of our home environment. Among the most devastating pests that plague Las Vegas homeowners are termites. These silent destroyers will get inside your home and wreak havoc to the structural integrity of your building resulting in costly damage and, if not dealt with, permanent destruction.
Right Under Your Nose
Unfortunately, termites do a majority of their damage before homeowners even notice. That’s probably why repairs can be so costly. It only takes six months to a year for some termite colonies to do damage that requires repairs in the thousands of dollars. And the problem is way more common than you think. Termites cause over five billion dollars worth of damage every year to properties in the United States, so how can you avoid these destructive pests?
First of all, you have to be prepared to spot an infestation early. Just because termites mate in the spring and summer doesn’t mean that they aren’t spending the rest of the year chewing tunnels through your home’s foundation.
Here are some telltale signs of termite infestation that you’ll notice if you pay close attention:
Frass: This is a substance that you’ll find on your floor next to walls where termites are working. It’s a mixture of droppings and wood pellets that they kick out of the tunnels they’re creating.
Swarming: A termite swarm is a gathering of the winged termites who are in charge of reproduction and colonization. Once a colony is well established, swarmers will fly around your property in a large grey cloud in warm weather following days of rain in search of a viable spot to establish a sister colony.
Tightening around windows and doors: Termites create moisture causing wood to swell. This increase in humidity will result in sticking doors and windows.
Soft clicking noises within the walls: If you hear this, don’t ignore it. It could be a sign of termites creating tunnels.
As you can see, noticing an infestation can be tough, especially if you're not actively looking for one. Therefore, it’s important to protect yourself from a potential infestation before it happens.
There is no surefire way to prevent termite infestations on your own. However, there are a few ways you can reduce your odds. Termites love chewing on soft, moist wooden structures, so moisture control is important. You’ll see that theme come up in most of our tips for keeping termites out of your Las Vegas home:
Check for leaking pipes anywhere on the property. A prolonged leak could lead to rotting wood, attracting termite activity.
Don’t let moisture sit up against the side of your house. Make sure to use gutter systems and downspouts to expel rainwater away from the side of your home.
Limit soil to wood contact. If there are wooden areas of the foundation of your home in contact with the soil, try to create an 18-inch buffer, This will keep termites from easily finding their way inside.
Store wood away from your house. If wood begins to rot, termites will devour it and move to any other wooden structure nearby.
Notice that those are all tips for avoiding a termite infestation. There isn’t anything you can do to prevent a termite infestation. Let’s be clear. By sticking with these guidelines, you’ll limit your chance of termite exposure. However, the only way you can guarantee your home's protection is to go with professional termite control. Reach out to the professionals at Red Rock Pest Control to find out how we can protect your home against termites, eliminate a current infestation, and prevent termites from invading in the future.