You know that termites in New England are a real threat, but do you know the truth about why?
Termites are one of a homeowner’s biggest fears. While turning a blind eye to the possibility of infestation is not the most effective tactic, it does make sense that termites are one of those “out of sight, out of mind” problems. Unfortunately, this leaves quite a bit of mystery and misinformation surrounding termite behavior and biology. Here’s where we dispel some myths about termites in New England.
Myth #1: If I had termites, I’d know it.
You’d think chomping through wood 24 hours a day would be noisy work, but termites move quietly. They also hide in small cracks and crevices, requiring an opening only the size of the edge of a credit card to gain access. Termites are visible to the naked eye, but tend to stay away from light, so you are less likely to spot them unless you find just the right location. This is why the first sign of a problem is often a large number of swarming (winged) termites leaving the colony.
Myth #2: My home was previously treated for termites, so I don’t need to worry.
One treatment is not enough to keep termites at bay. There could be as many as 13 or 14 colonies in a one-acre area, leaving a house vulnerable even if it has been treated in the past. Prevention is key: deterrent methods in and around your home, regular inspection, and/or preventive treatments with a professional company are the best lines of defense against termites.
Myth #3: My house is brick/concrete and therefore safe from termites.
True, termites cannot eat brick or concrete (eating wood is hard enough). But a brick house or concrete slab won’t guarantee protection from termites: They’ll find their way in through any cracks in the brick or concrete, where they’ll make quick work of wood framing, flooring, or furniture, even drywall and wallpaper.
Myth #4: There are plenty of trees and other wood nearby, so termites won’t bother with my home.
We say it all the time, but the fact bears repeating: Termites don’t stop eating. They will go until there’s nothing left to eat. So while termites might be happy to gnaw away at the trees and other debris surrounding your home or property, they will also move right along to your house.
Myth #5: It’s winter/cold outside, termites are hibernating and not a threat.
Termites don’t particularly care about the weather or season provided there isn’t a long period of consistent freezing temperatures. Subterranean termites will simply retreat further underground to keep warm, and the closer to a warm basement the better. They may move a bit slower, but they’re still active, especially with our milder winters of late.
So, mite we say you have a better understanding of termites now? Wood you like to stay termite-free? Don’t wing it with DIY treatments—call Burgess Pest’s termite experts.