Termites are undoubtedly pesky creatures. They'll chew your home, fence, or woodpile to bits, costing you thousands of dollars. Thus, most people seek to keep these insects away -- and if they do see evidence of them, they do all they can to try to get rid of them. Unfortunately, some common myths about termites cause some homeowners to make mistakes when attempting to control or eradicate them. Don't fall prey to these myths!
Termites won't bother a structure that is not rotting or decaying.
This is true for one type of termites -- damp wood termites. However, there is another variety of termites known as dry wood termites, and they will eat wood that's in perfect condition. Thus, even if your home or shed is made from brand new, in tact wood, you should be on the lookout for signs of termites, which include piles of pellet-like feces near the wood, piles of what looks like fish scales (these are the shed wings of termites), and roughening of the wood's surface. If you notice these signs, call an exterminator immediately. Trying to treat the infestation yourself is not wise, since if you are not successful, the termite population will just keep growing and causing more damage.
If you spray the wood with insecticides regularly, this will kill off the termite population.
Subterranean termites, which are the variety most commonly found in temperate climates, have massive underground colonies. They can survive underground for a long period of time. If you only treat the wood, you will only kill insects who happen to rise above the earth's surface and feed on that particular wood. When you eventually stop treating the wood, assuming that the termites are gone, they'll re-emerge and start eating it again. Thus, treating the soil is essential when dealing with subterranean termites -- and exterminator will have the tools and pesticides to do this properly.
If you keep wood stacked in your yard, the termites will feed on this rather than on your home or structures.
This strategy seems to make sense on its surface: you give the termites some easily exposed wood, and they'll leave the harder-to-access wood alone, right? Wrong. By leaving easily exposed, firewood on your property, you risk attracting termites where there were not any before. Once these termites have an established colony, they will need more food, and they'll likely move on to feeding on your structures. The best method for keeping termites at bay is not to stack wood on the ground at all, and to make sure all of the wood used to make your home and other structures is sealed or painted.
To learn more, contact a termite control company like Fowler Pest Control.