Don’t Fall for These Common Termite Myths


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A termite infestation is one of the most potentially damaging situations a homeowner can face. So, you would think we’d all have learned more factual information by now. But unfortunately there are still some myths circulating regarding termites. Make sure you know the truth about termite problems, so that you can be on guard against a problem.

“A brick house can’t get termites”. You might think that because your home’s exterior is brick, and it’s laid on a slab foundation, that you can’t get termites in your home. But there are plenty of wood structures in the interior of your home, and yes termites can find those! They can and do find their way into brick homes, and then begin to eat away at wood framing, flooring, and so on. Even brick homes should be inspected and bonded against termites.

“If I get termites, I’ll know”. This one is partly true. Yes, you might detect a termite infestation yourself… after the problem has gone on so long that there are indisputable signs. But why wait until the situation has become so severe and damaging?

And in some cases, a termite infestation can persist for many months or even years without the homeowner noticing. Termites like darkness and moisture, so they will often congregate in areas that you don’t view all that often. So don’t gamble on the idea that you would spot a problem for sure.

“My house was treated for termites once, so they can’t return.” An effective termite remedy will usually last a long time, but not forever. Depending upon the application used, it might need to be repeated at some point in the future. Always consult a pest control professional to discover what kind of protection your home needs against termites, before a problem presents itself.

“Termite treatment is far too expensive.” Cost is relative, of course, so what is affordable to one person might be expensive to another. But the larger issue here is whether or not you can afford repairs from a termite infestation. It’s always easier and more affordable to prevent a problem, or treat it in early stages, than to let it go on unabated until you need thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs. Plus, a termite bond can help to protect your home for years in the future.

Now that these myths are clarified, you might realize that you should have your home inspected for termites. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.