Some Myths About the Termites In Peoria

Termite infested wood.

Many people believe that termites serve no purpose and simply exist to be destructive to the structures on your property. Termites are essential to the world in many different ways. They serve the world as a natural recycling center. They are a vital part of keeping our ecosystem in tip-top shape. They only become a nuisance when they invade residential areas in Peoria. If termites could manage to stay in their habitat, no one would ever complain about them.

What Are Termites?

Firstly, termites are not part of the ant family, though this is a common misconception for many. Termites are completely different insects than ants. Though they are both small and dark in color, their bodies are shaped differently. Termites are thicker, whereas ants have a thinner midsection. Ants also have bent antennae. Winged ants and termites (called swarmers) also have wings that distinguish them from each other. Termites have two sets of wings that are the same size. Ants also have two sets of wings, but one set is larger than the other.

Furthermore, termites and ants behave differently and pose different threats to your home. Though some ant species do tunnel through wood, they don't actually eat it, and it takes them a little bit longer to inflect damage to your home. Despite their differences, termites and ants have some similarities: They both live in colonies, raise larvae, and nourish their queen at the highest standards. 

Myth: Dying Trees And Mulch Will Prevent A Termite Infestation

Having decaying wood and mulch near your home does not prevent termites from turning your house into an all-day gourmet buffet. If termites stumble across your dying wood and mulch, they will likely start there. Eventually, they will undoubtedly have a new lunch that includes your porch, walls, and any timber that provides your home with structural integrity.

Furthermore, your dying tree or mulch will honestly lead those nasty termites straight to your house. Remove them for safety purposes. Leaving a dying tree upright in your yard will likely not end well if it falls over or attracts termites.

Myth: Termites Can Eat Through Concrete

Another common myth that people tend to believe is that termites can eat through concrete. It would take a special type of pest to do that, and termites are not that special. So no, termites cannot eat through concrete, thankfully. However, concrete is not always able to prevent those pesky bugs from reaching your house. Small cracks in the concrete allow termites enough space to access the wood in your home. 

Myth: One Termite Treatment Is All It Takes To Protect Your Peoria Home

You've heard that you already had your house treated, so you'll never have to worry about treating your home again. Well, you've already had a checkup at your doctor, so you're good for life, right? No. Your house is just like your body, yearly checkups, and routine tests to ensure it's all going smoothly. Treating your house with preventative measures once a year will help prevent your home from becoming infested. Just like going to the doctor once a year can prevent major sickness. 

Myth: You Can Remove Termites On Your Own 

The biggest myth of all is that do-it-yourself termite treatments are effective. This myth is the most harmful to yourself and your income than any other myth about termites. The chemicals you can buy from a store are simply not strong enough to take out a termite colony. Though you may think it's cheaper to do it yourself, you'll eventually find yourself calling a pest control company because all your hard work and money went nowhere. Save your time and money by calling Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators when you see the first signs of termites. Our team of professionals at Quick-Kill Pest Eliminators has the skills and experience to prevent or eliminate a termite problem. We pride ourselves on the following accolades:

  • We are trained professionals. 

  • We offer a free inspection.

  • We will inspect your home and spot signs of termites or other unwanted pests that an untrained eye will likely miss. 

  • We provide comprehensive treatment plans.

  • We are more affordable than the DIY method in the long run. 

  • We utilize professional-grade chemicals to do the job right.

Please do yourself a favor and call us before you waste your effort and money on something you think will work. You may end up putting yourself and your family in danger without realizing it. Whether you're dealing with an active infestation or aiming to prevent one, we can help. Reach out to us today to learn more about our recurring termite control options.

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