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3 Common Myths About Termites

April 12, 2024

When it comes to effectively getting rid of termites, most homeowners aren't totally sure what pest control advice to believe. There are plenty of persisting myths and misconceptions floating around about these destructive wood-destroying insects. Being able to separate fact from fiction is the key to adequately protecting your home from termite infestations. Let's thoroughly debunk three of the most common myths about termites.

Myth 1: Only Certain Homes Are Susceptible to Infestations

Some people wrongly believe that termites only attack older homes located in hot, humid climates. But while factors like home age and damp conditions may increase the risk somewhat, the truth is that virtually any home can become infested with termites. Even newly constructed homes contain an abundance of cellulose-rich wood materials that all termites aggressively love to feed on. According to Realty Times, termites annually cause damage to around 600 thousand U.S. homes. That's why having periodic inspections by a professional is wise for all homeowners, regardless of home age or location, in order to catch any potential infestations early before major damage is done.

Myth 2: Obvious Signs of Infestation Will Be Present

There's a common misconception that if you have termites, you will clearly see obvious warning signs around your home like swarms, mud tubes, or wood damage. But in reality, termites are expert silent destroyers that often do immense damage secretly behind walls, under floors, and inside other concealed, dark spaces before any visible evidence appears. You may have no idea at all that a termite colony has invaded your home until catastrophic structural damage from their feeding occurs. You will then need to hire pest control for assistance in getting rid of termites.

Myth 3: Termites Only Consume Old Wood

It's often assumed that termites preferentially feed only on aged or decaying wood sources. But the reality is that while termites do favor older wood, they will gladly consume any species of wood in your home if given the opportunity. That antique wood heirloom or furniture passed down isn't necessarily any safer from termite damage than the framing lumber or plywood in your home's walls and structure. This is why thoroughly treating all wood materials regularly is so vital for protection, rather than falsely assuming certain woods are less appetizing or exempt.

Relying on myths and misinformation rather than factual pest control knowledge can put your valuable home at major risk for termite devastation. Stay proactive against termites by knowing the truth behind these common myths. If you need help getting rid of termites, Essential Pest Control is here to help. Reach out to us today to learn more or to get started.

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