For years, termites have been the cause of headaches and woes among homeowners because of their ability to slowly eat away at homes, causing damages to the structures. In fact, Phoenix was recently named the seventh most termite-infested city in the U.S. for 2015, only trailing behind cities in California and Texas. This fact drives home the point that termite infestation is a huge problem for homeowners everywhere.
Termites are very active in all 50 states (except in Alaska), and on average, termite infestations can cause damage to the home by as much as $8,184. Most homeowners, however, tackle their termite problem incorrectly, which can only cause more harm than good. A trusted Phoenix exterminator debunks some myths that homeowners still think to be true about termites and termite infestation.
Termites Can/Can’t Eat Through Cement
Termites thrive and survive with a diet of cellulose found on wood and wooden materials, yet some people believe that some types of termites, particularly the Formosan subterranean termite or the “super termite”, can eat through concrete and cement. On the other hand, those living in houses made of concrete are confident that their homes are safe from termite infestation. Both are false; the truth is that termites can still find their way inside your house, even if it’s made with concrete. They don’t eat the material, but the act of passing through these tiny cracks gradually makes the cracks larger.
Placing Wood Outside the Yard Helps
Some homeowners also believe that, to keep termites from attacking their homes, placing a lot of wood outside their yard is an effective method. On the contrary, you can only make the problem worse by encouraging faster colony growth. Once they finish eating all the scrap wood you placed, they will find their way inside your home to access more food.
Investing in DIY Termite Treatment
Termite treatments are undeniably an effective way of killing termites, but only if done properly and correctly. If you opt to use a do-it-yourself method of termite treatment, you’re actually putting everyone in the family at risk.
Termites Hate Carpenter Ants
Most people also believe that termites won’t come near an area where there are carpenter ants. The truth, however, is that both pests are attracted to moisture-damaged wood, which they use for different purposes. Termites eat them as food, while carpenter ants use them for their nest.
With these persistent myths about termites debunked, now is the best time to detect and look for any sign of termite infestation in your home. To keep them out of your home for good, trust only professional exterminators, like the experts from Invader Pest Management, who can tackle all problems with termites in Phoenix.
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