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5 Debunked Myths on Termite Infestation in California

Myths and legends can often be misleading.

It is particularly true about the myths on termites that have been floating around for years. Before falling prey to those myths and misinformation, you can do some research and check authentic sources.

Many people believe in incorrect information and drop their guard against termites. It often results in significant damage to their home.

In this post, we will debunk the following termite myths and provide accurate information.

Myth 1: My home has a concrete and steel foundation. Termites can’t infest here

Indeed, termites cannot infest concrete and foundation. However, there are still plenty of materials in your home that termites can feed on due to their cellulose content—for example, wooden floors, drywall, furniture, wallpaper, and others.

Termites target wooden components for cellulose because it is their primary nutrient. This is why even concrete or stucco homes in the US with timber frames and furniture are vulnerable to termite damage.

Also, brick and concrete are not entirely impenetrable. They often develop cracks in them that create openings for termites to infest and start feeding on them.

Myth 2: I can take care of the termite problem by myself

It is excellent you if like to try the DIY approach in everything starting from a home improvement or fixing your backyard. However, trying DIY methods often end up producing disastrous results. For example, if you spray natural chemicals to kill termites, it may pose serious health hazards to your family members, especially kids and pets.

Instead of using DIY methods, consult a reputable termite control company that applies state-registered chemicals like non-repellant Termidor to eliminate dry wood and damp wood termites. These chemicals are clean and efficient and have no health risks.

Myth 3: I had termite treatment at my place earlier. It got it covered

Even if you already had termite treatment at your place, it does not make it safe from termites. The instances of termite swarming occur in the US throughout the year, including spring and summer. Swarmers build new colonies and start infesting homes and shops.

When termites build colonies in a geographic area, they infest all the homes if there is dampness or moisture on the ground. A single settlement generally has millions of termites that create tunnels to expand their reach to homes that are close to each other. It means termites pose a threat to all the households in an infested region or area. Even when you have termite treatment in your home, it will not rule out the chances of re-infestation.

Myth 4: We do not have termites in this area

Well, it is still not a good enough reason for not having a termite inspection or treatment in your home. Alaska is the only place in the US without any termite infestation.

In other states, termites more or less build their colonies, and they mainly thrive in warmer weather. These insects are most active in the south, southwest, southeast, and west of the US.

In California, dry wood and subterranean termites wreak havoc and damage properties worth millions. They eat away everything starting from wooden beams, floors, walls, furniture, fences, and other stuff, leaving homeowners distraught. It is even more concerning is that home insurance does not cover termite damages.

The bottom line is if you feel termites do not live your area, it might change any day with sudden swarming. Look for signs in and around your home like mud tubes, and call professionals right away.

Myth 5: Cleaning up bushes, dead tree branches, shrubs will leave no room for termites to infest

 This is another myth. Even if you remove shrubs, dead tree branches or bushes from around your home, it does not keep off termites from invading. Instead, the termites may reach right below your home in search of new food sources.

If your house is close to a wooded area or you are looking to buy a new home where bushes or branches are cleared up recently, it would be better if you get a termite inspection before moving in.

 

Also Read: Getting your Home Ready for Termite Treatment

Before We Go

You can save yourself from a lot of trouble and regret by recognizing these myths and paying no heed to them. Termite control services are the ideal solution for you to prevent your dream home from getting ruined by hungry termites.

If you want to find out whether your home in San Jose or San Francisco has termites or at risk of infestation, please contact us at (888) 322-8889 to schedule an escrow inspection! You can also write to us at info@hitechtermite.com, and we will be glad to assist you.

  • Aug 18, 2020
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