Everyone knows that termites are one of the most destructive and costliest pests in the world, so it is no wonder that people start to panic when they hear that a neighbor has a termite infestation. Many questions and worries may start to arise as you see their home being treated. We’ll guide you through some of the most common questions and what you should do in this situation.
If my neighbor has termites, does that mean that I do too?
An infestation at your neighbor’s house does not guarantee that yours will be affected as well. This is especially true if you have been careful about implementing preventative termite measures around your home. What it does guarantee is that termites are nearby and need to be taken seriously. When termite reproductives go out looking for a mate, they will swarm with other colonies. Even though they don’t fly well, they can easily make it next door. Without some preventative measures in place, you could quickly be in the same place as your neighbors.
Will my neighbor’s treatments make the termites migrate to my house?
There are two different kinds of pest control treatments, repellent and non-repellent. If a repellent product is applied, the pests will turn away from the house and may end up moving toward a different unprotected house. Most termite treatments these days are non-repellent, meaning the termites do not sense the product and move through it as usual. This allows them to carry the product back and share it with the rest of the colony. The colony will slowly die from the inside out, including the queen. This form of treatment is unlikely to drive the termites to other houses.
What can I do to protect my house?
If you live in an area where termites are common, you should definitely take some preventative action. A termite inspection is a great first step to take to ensure that you do not have an active infestation. You should follow that up with preventative and/or control measures. Harris Termite Killer is a great product to use for infestations and prevention. Harris termite killer is odorless and non-flammable. It works on all wood destroying insects, including mold and fungi that causes wood rot. Take care of termite problems in an easy and cost-effective manner with great Harris products.
For more information, check out Termites: The Ultimate Guide.