Why do I need to get the correct information about termites?
Owning sufficient knowledge about termites is crucial. Homeowners should be responsible for educating themselves about termite risks and prevention. Being open about it allows homes to be safe against infestation. It can also save so much money for homeowners considering that termite infestation can cause massive destruction in houses. Since insurances do not usually cover these damages, prevention is unquestionably better than cure.
What are some misconceptions and myths about termites that I should stop believing?
There is a plethora of information about termites that spread online. Pesticides that could kill them, practices that prevent them from going into your house, and the scope of their destruction are among this information. On the other hand, not all of what we get online or hearsays from neighbors could be true. This is why this article is dedicated to exposing some of the most common myths about termites.
Myth #1: Termites belong to the ant family
As some call termites “white ants,” many people assume they are closely related to ants. However, these two belong to a completely separate insect group. In fact, studies show that the nearest relative to the termite is the cockroach. There are even claims that these two groups are natural enemies since ants tend to raid the colonies of termites to loot food. However, even if termites and ants are natural foes, the latter’s presence does not guarantee the absence of the former.
Myth #2: Deforestation destroys termites
Deforestation is the decrease in forested areas to increase other land uses such as urbanization and mining. With the rise in demand for urbanization, trees are being whacked down to provide additional materials and use the forested areas. This displaces termites that live in forests. Forests are known for their moist and dark environment. It also has plenty of woods. This makes a conducive habitat for termites to live in. On the other hand, deforestation does not destroy or kill the colonies of these pests. Instead, their displacement permits them to wander and seek a new home they could infest.
Myth #3: Steel-framed houses are safe from infestation
Termites are into plant-based cellulose. They feed on wood substances to survive. It is why many people are confident that termites could not infest their steel or even concrete homes. Little did they know that there is actually a type of termite that also feeds into non-wood substances such as plastics and asphalt. Although metal could be less tempting for these pests, they can use metal and steel to crawl into their target areas: wood. They may also use these steel-framed properties to get into your water pipe and clog it. They can use it as a pathway to get into wooden floors and doors. A steel-framed house does not threaten termites to skip infesting your home.
Myth #4: It is easy to detect termite infestation
Although there are common signs of termite infestations visible to the naked eye, your house can still be infested by termites in the absence of your knowledge. As mentioned earlier, termites love staying in dark and moist areas. It means that they might be residing in the spaces of your abode that are commonly ignored. These areas include attics, basements, and water pipes. The tiny cracks that people commonly ignore or shrug about could actually draw the attention of these pests even before you know it.
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