What Not To Do About Termites Around Your Las Vegas Property

11/4/2020


termite crawling on nest in wood

Did you know that termites are some of the most destructive pests around Las Vegas? While there are other pests, such as rodents and even some bee and ant species that can cause property damage, termites cause the most extensive damage.

This is partly because termites are difficult to notice. While you can see them with your naked eye, most of the time termites live in out-of-the-way areas, such as in the walls of a home, where you’re unlikely to notice them until a lot of damage has been done.

However, there is still a chance you’ll see termites if you have them, so knowing what they look like is still useful. Termites vary in appearance depending on their position in their colonies. Worker termites are a whitish color while the soldier termites have darker heads and larger jaws. The termite swarmers, which are responsible for reproduction, have long wings and are a dark brown or black color.

Over time, termites can ruin everything from walls to flooring to structural beams. This is why the average cost of a termite infestation is about $3,000. In some cases, the cost of the damage is much higher.

Can You Remove Termites On Your Own? 

If you’ve noticed termites or termite damage, you might be tempted to try and remove them on your own. It’s common for homeowners to try to handle termite infestations using DIY methods such as orange oil, vinegar, and over the counter sprays.

However, while it’s easy to assume that do-it-yourself removal is cost-effective, this is rarely the case. Most of the more natural methods don’t work at all, and even chemical products are often ineffective. This is because termite infestations often go unnoticed for a long time which allows the colony to spread and become difficult to remove.

So, trying to remove them by yourself almost never works and leaves many termites alive to keep destroying the wooden structures on your property. 

What Are Some Termite Prevention Tips?

If you do have a termite infestation already, it’s best to let professionals take over. However, the best way to protest your property from these wood-destroying pests is to take steps to prevent them. Prevention is the easiest and least expensive way to handle termites, so we’ve provided seven preventative steps that will decrease the risk of an infestation. While these tips aren’t a guarantee you’ll never have termites, they can help.

  1. Repair leaks in plumbing to reduce moisture content.

  2. Remove any decaying or water-damaged wood around your property.

  3. Limit soil-to-wood contact around the building.

  4. Get rid of decaying organic matter around the yard including grass clippings and leaves.

  5. Ensure that basements, crawl spaces, and attics are well-ventilated.

  6. Remove standing water around your property and make sure that rainfall can drain.

  7. Use a dehumidifier if the building has excess moisture issues.

The Only Trusted Way To Remove Termite Infestations

If you’ve noticed signs of termites or termite damage around your property, don’t waste time and money handling the problem on your own. The only effective way to remove an active termite colony is to get professional assistance from the team at Red Rock Pest Control. Our Termidor® liquid treatments will get rid of any current termites and also provide continued protection to keep termites away. As a locally owned and operated company, we are committed to affordable prices and great customer services, and we offer free inspections. Give us a call today to get started at (702) 508-7544.




 

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