Termites are one of the most destructive and costly pests we see on a daily basis. Known as “silent destroyers,” termites will chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species of termite as they eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By understanding what they are and what they aren’t, you’ll be better able to spot an infestation before it gets out of control. This can help save your property from these invasive pests.


Myth #1 – Termite infestations are obvious.

Termites are quiet invaders. By the time you notice tunnels in wood, exit holes and other telltale signs, your termite problem has probably already reached infestation proportions and resulted in structural damage. Termites take root in small cracks, crevices and other hard-to-spot places.

Myth #2 – Properties previously treated for termites are safe forever.

A single termite treatment won’t keep termites at bay indefinitely. Many homeowners assume that since their home has been treated once, it’s safe and they don’t need to worry about future problems. Some termite treatments have a one-year warranty with options to extend. However, environmental factors, products used around the house and the quality of work performed all influence the length of time the treatment is effective.

Myth #3 – Termites arent a problem in the winter.

Yes, most pests are more active in the spring and summer, but this rule doesn’t apply to termites. They don’t hibernate and actually tunnel deeper into wood searching for warmth, causing more structural damage and resulting in a most costly extermination process. If you’ve got termites, it’s important to treat them before the winter hits.

Myth #4 – Termites are only attracted to wood.

Homes without wood decks and trees are still susceptible to termite infestations. Termites are attracted to wood, but can also survive underground and will often reach houses by burrowing through the soil. Typically all houses have a wooden frame. Your home is not safe just because it is made of bricks and sits on a concrete slab. No matter how the wood is separated from the soil, termites can work their way to it from the ground underneath. The termites will find the cracks to access the wood.

Myth #5 – Termites can be treated with DIY solutions.

You can try to get rid of termites on your own, but the chances of success are are really slim. Do-it-yourself options may seem affordable and appealing. Unfortunately, they rarely correct the problem and usually result in higher extermination costs and more damage. Even with the right materials, it’s hard to treat every area infected with termites without professional assistance.

Myth #6 – Termite treatments are expensive.

Structural damage that threatens the integrity and resale value of your home is expensive; termite treatments are not. Leitchfield Exterminating offers a variety of treatment options, the most affordable of which is prevention through proper pest management.

Myth #7 – Termites can eat through concrete.

Termites might be strong, but not that strong. The truth is termites can find their way through cracks in the concrete. Once one termite gets through, more and more will follow which will only make that crack larger. These small cracks might not be noticeable at first, but with a professional inspection, they can be detected.

Myth #8 – My neighbor had termites and their treatment pushed them to my home.

Termite colonies are huge. Several houses in a neighborhood can share one termite colony. Termite control in one house can make termites more active in another home that is already infested, but it will not drive them to another house. The only way you can eliminate them is by killing the colony and, most importantly, the queen who is the sole breeder.

Myth #9 – Termites serve no useful purpose. They are simply destructive pests.

Termites are natural recyclers who break down deadwood in forests and turn it into nutrient-rich soil to help plants grow. They are an important part of the ecosystem.

Myth #10 – Termites wont eat wood from my home if theres lots of mulch or decaying wood nearby.

Although decaying wood is easier to chew, that doesn’t mean termites will avoid consuming structural timber in your house. The insects continually seek new sources of food to eat and store for the long-term protection of the colony.

Don’t put your home or family at risk.

Get in touch with Leitchfield Exterminating to discuss your termite treatment options. We’ll help you find the most economical and effective solution for your situation. Whether you’re looking for actual termite treatment or simply want an inspection, we can help. We offer both pre-construction and post-construction treatments for termites as well as termite inspections. Call our office to schedule an appointment at

(270) 259-6285.

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