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4 Myths Associated With Termites

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Maintaining the look, health, and durability of your home can be stressful. From mowing the lawn and washing the exterior to scrubbing toilets and changing filters, the challenges of maintenance are easy to see. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough importance on pest control.

Considering termites cause $5 billion in structural damage each year in the United States, understanding these insects is imperative. You may think you know all about termites, but you may just be believing myths. By debunking these common myths, you will know the truth about termites.

Termite Damage Is Obvious

One of the most common myths regarding termites is that their damage is obvious. This is a false misconception that needs to be addressed, since early warning signs are not as noticeable. Many of these signs may resemble dirt and debris, but they are actually signs of a termite infestation. By learning these early warning signs, you can prevent severe damage to your home. Here are a few early warning signs of termite infestations:
  • Holes. Termites will drill small holes into various wood surfaces of your home. These holes will look like small nail holes.
  • Tubes. Small tubes of mud or dirt that are attached to different areas of your home may be a sign of a termite infestation. These tubes allow termites to transport food throughout different parts of your home.
  • Droppings. Fecal droppings are an obvious sign that you have pests, but you may not realize the droppings stem from termites. Termite droppings actually look like wood sawdust.
  • Damage to wood or paint. If you notice cracks and fissures in your wood or peeling, cracked paint, it may be due to termite damage. These signs are often confusing, since homeowners believe it is basic wear and tear or settling of the home.

Treated Homes Are Safe

If you have purchased a new home or recently bought an older home, you may have had a termite inspection and initial treatment completed. While this is effective for ruling out any initial, preventing termites requires continuous inspections and treatments. Just because your home was treated once does not mean your home will always be safe from these hazardous pests.

Consider having your home inspected and treated once a year to reduce the risk of a termite infestation. With early intervention, you can avoid severe damage that is costly and overwhelming to repair.

My Home Is Safe

Lastly, believing your specific home is safe from termites can cause you to have a serious pest problem.

Many homeowners feel they do not need to worry about termites and other pests because they live in a brick home. Termites feed on wood, so your brick is safe. However, your brick home is constructed using other materials, including wood for framing. This amount of wood and any wood surrounding your home, such as wood sheds, pergolas or decks, is sufficient for termites to infest.

Also, if you live in a home built on a concrete slab foundation, you may believe you are safe from a termite infestation. Again, this is a false myth that you must understand.

When your home begins to settle, small cracks will form in the concrete slab. These small cracks are appealing spots for termites and other pests. Make sure to invest in pest control services even if you live in a home with a concrete slab foundation.

Termites may be small, but they can wreak havoc on your home and family's lives. With this guide and the help of Cliff's Pest Control, Inc., you will learn the truth behind these common misconceptions to ensure your home and finances are protected from termite damage. 

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