Termite Damage In Las Vegas Can Be Prevented
Are you aware of the threat that termites pose to your Las Vegas home or business? If you've done the research on this topic, it's likely you've gotten mixed signals. Some resources seem to indicate that you don't have anything to worry about. Others warn that termites cause millions of dollars in property damage each year in the Greater Las Vegas area. So which is it? Are termites a threat to your property or are they just the boogie man under your bed? The truth is somewhere in the middle. While you don't have to worry about termites as much as someone who lives in South Florida or the Southern region of Texas, it is unwise to neglect termite protection. Here's what you should know.
The Nature Of Termites
There are two basic types of termites. One targets hardwood in your property and the other targets softwood. The termites that feed on hardwood are drywood termites. Drywood termite infestations don't usually go on long enough for serious damage to occur. This is because these termites create kickout holes and push their dried pellets out onto brightly lit window sills and other obvious locations. When you see these droppings, it is likely that you'll call a professional to have the problem dealt with quickly. The troublesome termites we battle in our area are subterranean termites. This type of termite lives in the ground and comes up to infest the wood of your property, without revealing themselves. Subterranean termites have thin skins and do not like to be exposed to dry air. They also have a strong aversion to light. This makes them uniquely equipped to do extensive damage to Las Vegas homes and businesses. Even if you know what signs to look for, these termites can enter your property by the thousands and devour it slowly over the course of years without you knowing it.
There are a few ways you may be able to detect subterranean termites inside your Las Vegas property. It is important to be aware of them:
Swarmers: When a termite nest matures, male and female winged reproductives are produced. These are often called swarmers due to the way they swarm together when they are released. If you see swarmers inside or outside of your property, it is a sign of a current and mature infestation. Swarmers don't travel very far from their point of origin. The problem with using swarmers as a warning sign is that swarmers don't last for more than 30 minutes. They can come and go while you're out grabbing a bite to eat at a restaurant.
Wings: When swarmers mate, they shed their long white wings. These can be a warning sign for you. But it is important to understand that termite swarmers are only about ⅝ of an inch long, including their wings. That isn't very long. If you have a few wings lying in your yard, you're probably not going to notice them.
Tubes: Subterranean termites create mud tubes on the sides of structures to protect themselves from dry air. You may see these tubes. But, unfortunately, you probably won't. The aversion to light that worker termites exhibit will cause them to create tubes in hidden places that are hard or impossible to see into.
Damage: Most of the damage termites do is on the inside of wood. On rare occasions, they will feed close to the paint on wood and the paint may bubble. If you see bubbling paint, it is important to recognize this as a possible warning sign of subterranean termite activity. Drywood termites are a little more obvious. They may create damage you can see. They also create the kickout holes and push their droppings out for you to see.
DIY Termite Control
Can you deal with termites on your own? Possibly. But the real question is: Do you want to take the chance that your DIY termite control is falling short only to find out one day that subterranean termites have been damaging your property for years? The best solution is to have a licensed and experienced pest management professional do routine termite inspections and properly address termite infestation when they appear through professional termite control treatments.
Professional Termite Control
At Red Rock Pest Control, we use industry-leading inspection protocols to make sure there are no sneaky termites destroying your property without you knowing. As a part of a residential pest control plan or commercial pest control program, you can know that you have the best protection against pests that can harm your health and property.
To learn more about the pest control services we offer or to get started with a pest control plan for your home or business, reach out to us today!
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