Debunking Some Common Misconceptions About Termites

Debunking common termite misconceptions is important for a correct understanding of pest control. Homeowners need to empowered with the right knowledge to know how to protect their property. Termite limitations and preferences reveal the key areas where termites can enter and damage homes. While termites are destructive, you can discourage them from building a colony in your home by understanding the ways they behave. But in order to understand how termites actually behave, you need to know what termite misconceptions are and why they are wrong.

Misconception Correction 1: Termites Really Do Eat Wood

Termites eat wood and anything containing cellulose, such as wallpaper, books, boxes, carpet backing, drywall and furniture. In their natural environment, termites support the ecosystem. They digest rotting wood, turning it into humus, an organic material that improves soil. When land development displaces termites, they can occupy and destroy buildings.

Misconception Correction 2: Termites Really Eat Concrete

Termites cannot eat concrete. Termites are small, and their small size often allows termites to squeeze through cracks and crevices in concrete, though.  Homeowners who think that termites may have come through concrete barriers may have foundation slab damage and may need the services of a professional concrete restoration company.

Misconception Correction 3: Termites Do Not Eat Through Plastic

Termites cannot eat through plastic. However, some species of termites have been known to try to break through plastic to access a food source.

Misconception Correction 4: Boric Acid Does Not Fully Exterminate Termites

Boric acid is not an effective DIY method to get rid of a termite infestation. While a termite will die if it ingests boric acid, this treatment will not destroy a termite colony, and at best, you’d likely only kill a few worker or soldier termites that a termite queen can easily replace. A termite colony can only be destroyed through the advanced treatment methods of a pest control professional. At best, boric acid will only kill some termites.

Misconception Correction 5: Diatomaceous Earth Does Not Exterminate Everything

While diatomaceous earth is good at contact-killing certain pests such as bedbugs, it does not kill every type of pest and it only kills pests who come in direct contact with it.

Misconception Correction 6: Checking for Termite Damage is Always Important

Homeowners should schedule termite inspections during three key times. First, prospective home buyers should consult a pest control service during the purchasing process. An inspection can reveal termite damage, allowing for treatment and repairs during negotiation. Second, homeowners should schedule a professional inspection every 3 to 5 years. These inspections can stop an infestation early or prevent future infestations by advising changes to the home and landscaping. Third, anyone who has had a termite treatment in the past should schedule ongoing, preventative termite extermination renewal to keep future termites from finding your home and moving in.

Often, pest control companies will offer good prices on termite control retainer service packages to maintain your termite treatments after an infestation. If you suspect your home may have a termite infestation, find a local pest controller near you with termite expertise today!