Common Misconceptions About Termites: Dallas Edition


March 16, 2020

Termites are often misunderstood insects, and the misconceptions about these insects can lead to serious property damage. That's why we've decided to take a moment to set the record straight about these destructive pests. Here's what you need to know.

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Misconceptions:


Liquid Termiticide Treatments Last Forever

Have you moved into a home in Dallas that has had a termite barrier installed all the way around the perimeter? Were you told that this would keep your home fully protected from termite damage? The sad truth is that liquid termiticides wear out over time. As pathways open up for termites to get through, they take advantage of them because termite workers relentlessly search for food.

Termites Don't Eat Pressure-Treated Wood

Were you told that your home has pressure-treated wood and that you don't have to worry about termites? This is a half-truth. While it is true that pressure-treated wood is resistant to termite damage, it is far from termite proof. In fact, the word "resistant" is used when pressure-treated wood is promoted to consumers. This is because there are many factors that can compromise this protection. One of the most common is water damage. If wood touches the soil or is damaged by plumbing issues, wood rot will result. Once wood rot begins, termites can access this wood and feed on the inside.

Deforestation Kills Termites

Do you live in an area that was once a forest, but now it is a community of homes? Did someone tell you that all the termites died off when their food source was removed? This is not the case. Termites don't just eat wood. They can eat anything that has cellulose in it. When deforestation occurs, termites may feed on secondary sources until they can find their primary source again. They may also move into communities of homes that are nearby the area that is being clear cut. When your home was built, there may have been fewer termites in the area. But it won't stay like that for long.

Termites will just go away on their own

Have you been told that termites will nibble on your home for a while and then move to the next home and nibble on that one? This does not happen. Termites will establish nests on your property. From these nests, they will send out swarmers to create new nests. They don't move around from home to home. But one colony can feed on more than one home at the same time. This is because termite workers can travel as far vas the length of a football field in search of a food source.

Homeowners can perform the routine maintenance required to control termites

Were you told by your insurance company that termite maintenance is your responsibility? This is true. Insurance companies see it this way. Unfortunately, routine termite maintenance is not something most homeowners can do. It requires specialized knowledge, and, for effective protection, professional-grade termite control products. The worst part is that homeowners don't realize when their DIY termite control fails. This leads to ongoing damage. It is best to have a licensed termite control professional handle your termite protection.

Termite Control In Dallas

If you live in the Dallas area, you should have termite protection for your home. Termites cost U.S. property owners more than $5 billion annually. Reach out to Big Head Pest Control. We protect Dallas property from destructive termites using the award-winning Sentricon® System with Always Active™. We'd love to tell you about this amazing termite colony elimination system. Request a free, no-obligation inspection for your Dallas home. There is no time like the present to protect your equity from the destructive impact of these wood-destroying pests.   

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