Termites

What are termites?

Termites are wood-destroying insects that invade and feed on the cellulose found in wooden structures and plant matter. The most common termite species living in our area and all across the country is the subterranean termite. In wooded and forested areas, termites are beneficial insects, helping to break-down decaying matter. However, subterranean termites living near homes and other structures quickly become more harmful than helpful. Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in repair costs for homes and businesses across the United States. Subterranean termites live together in large colonies and divide labor into three different groups or castes—workers, soldiers, and reproductives (males and queens). Small, soft-bodied, and blind worker termites are responsible for the structural damage that occurs inside of homes and other buildings.

subterranean termites crawling on wood

Are termites dangerous?

Once they invade a structure, termites often remain undetected for months or even years. Due to the amount of costly structural damage that these destructive insects inflict, they are considered dangerous pests. Termites are active year-round, causing extensive and costly structural damage inside homes and other buildings to feed their extensive colonies. The damage termites cause is not something covered by most homeowners’ insurance, making repairs even more financially devastating.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites have probably become a problem in your home because it's provided them with everything they need to be comfortable—a temperature-controlled environment and plenty of cellulose-rich material to feed on. Termites are attracted to moist soil and water damaged wood which can result from leaky pipes and clogged gutters causing water to seep into the walls of a home and creating moisture problems.

Subterranean termites usually get into homes and other structures through door frames, deck posts, wood shingles, porch steps and supports, and other wooden objects that make direct contact with the ground. These destructive insects can also find their way inside through cracks in foundations while out foraging for food.

Where will I find termites?

Even if you have a full-blown termite infestation, it’s unlikely that you will see one of these destructive pests. Subterranean termites nest in underground colonies, traveling to and from their food source through the soil or inside mud tubes. When feeding on a structure, these wood-destroying insects remain out of sight within the voids of your home are extremely discreet, not raising warning signs until extensive damage has already been done. Termites that have found their way inside a home, business, or other structure typically feed on wood located in hard-to-reach areas such as above ceilings, below floors, and behind walls.

However, you may see reproductives when they swarm from a mature colony to mate. If you witness a termite swarm, it means that termites are most likely nesting nearby.

How do I get rid of termites?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that termites and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with on your own, and we’re here to help! Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests found living throughout the Las Vegas region, including termites, and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer professional termite control services you can trust to eliminate termites from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Keep destructive termites from damaging your property by using the following termite prevention tips:

  • Make sure your exterior walls and roof are in good shape and repair any defects found.

  • Repair any cracks, crevices, and gaps in the exterior walls or foundation of your home.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors to prevent water from seeping into your walls.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are in good working order and directing water away from your foundation.

  • Eliminate areas of wood-to-soil contact around your home and property.

  • Leave an 18-inch rock or crushed stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your foundation.

  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and other excess debris from your property.

  • Replace mulch with crushed rock, rubber mulch, or other non-organic options.

  • Use dehumidifiers and ventilate your crawlspace to reduce the moisture levels in your home.

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