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Mythbusters: termites and brick homes

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There is a lot of information out there about termites. Is all of it true? What are the real facts? Our resident doctor of entomology and author of Ask the Bug Doc, Nancy Troyano, will help you sort through some of the misinformation out there in this edition of “Mythbusters”.

Termite Myth:

My house is safe from termites. It’s brick and on a concrete slab.

Myth: Busted

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through drywall, wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected. Anything containing cellulose can be a target for these pests.

Living in a brick house doesn’t ensure your safety from this destructive pest. Homes made of brick may be more difficult for termites to enter, but they are not completely safe from these pests. Although termites don’t eat brick or concrete, there are plenty of other materials in and around your house that termites can make a meal out of. Many brick homes have wooden frames that are susceptible to damage.

Homes on concrete slabs may be an easier target for termites than homes built with basements. The dark, wet conditions beneath the slab create the perfect environment for termites to thrive. There are several ways termites can enter your home – through expansion joints in the concrete, holes for plumbing, or spaces for electrical wiring and utilities.

As a homeowner, there are things you can do to prevent termites:

  • Do not stack firewood near your home – keep woodpiles at least 25 feet away.
  • Keep mulch pulled back away from the foundation of your home.
  • Repair all leaks and moisture issues right away.
  • Use treated wood for building decks, gazebos, sheds, etc.
  • Have an annual termite inspection.

Watch our video “7 steps to prevent termites” to get more termite prevention tips.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year. Damage caused by termites is not typically covered by homeowners insurance.

When it comes to protecting your home from termites, Ehrlich knows that no two homes are alike. Our termite experts will work with you to develop a customized plan that’s right for your home and your family. Contact us today to find out more.

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Dr. Nancy Troyano

Nancy Troyano, Training Manager / Entomologist at Rentokil North America, is responsible for leading and supporting the development and training of Rentokil technicians throughout North America. Nancy works closely with Technical Field Trainers and Line-of-Business Managers to develop and implement a comprehensive training program for new and existing technicians. Nancy joined Rentokil after receiving her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2009. Follow Nancy on Google+

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