Myths about termites revealed
Termites are every homeowner’s nightmare, and they are the last thing one wants to see in his home. Termites can cause extensive damage to your home if their menace is not well taken care of. However, termites are a group of insects that many people have petite information about. There are many myths about termites and without the right knowledge, it can be tough for an individual to separate the myths from the facts. If you are still not convinced that there are myths about termites, read through this article for insight on a few of them.
Myth 1: Termites belong to the same family as ants
Termites and ants are not at all related in any way. In fact, the truth is that they are much more closely related to roaches than ants. This means that any form of pest control carried out to curb an ant infestation won’t work on termites. What’s even more confusing is that termites are mostly known as white ants in Australia thus creating the notion that termites are part of the ant family which is completely wrong.
Myth 2: Termites can chew through concrete
The truth about termites is that they are strong, but they are not that strong for the concrete. However, the fact is that termites can find a way through cracks in the concrete but eating through it is quite an exaggeration. Once a single termite makes its way through a crack, the rest of the colony will follow, but they will not make the crack bigger in any way. All the same, it is advisable to check for small cracks on walls to avoid creating habitat for these harmful pests. They can be tough to notice nut a professional inspection will do the trick.
Myth 3: Termites are Only Attracted to Old Houses
This is one of the biggest termite myths and for the record it is untrue. Termites can be attracted to any home as long as it contains wood. Even the modern-day, steel-framed homes still provide enough timber in their interior to attract these pests. This, therefore, means that for the case of termites, the age of the wood is irrelevant, and any wood is just good enough for termites. Concrete homes are also at risk of termite infestation because these pests can build mud tubes on concrete and gain access to the timber areas. With this in mind, it is safer to be extra vigilant and always be on the watch for any surefire signs of a termite attack.
If a home remains vacant or falls into disrepair, termites are more likely to move in since there will be fewer disruptions during their infestation. Termites cannot attack a home whose wood is treated and protected.
Myth 4: It is Easy to Kill Termites
Killing cockroaches is easier than killing termites. This is because termites invade in large numbers, and they are not easy to find. Besides, they live in large colonies and only on rare occasions do they appear in broad daylight. All About Ants will be happy to help you rid your home of termites today.