Termites form huge underground colonies which help them travel around, enabling them to gain access to a wide range of your premises. They are not only difficult to see with the naked eye, but they also possess the potential to cause serious harm to your property and furniture. If you’ve seen termites on your home, it’s time to contact an expert in pest control management. Luckily, several pest control companies are based in Malaysia, so you can easily find one who handles your termite problem and remove these nasty insects before they can cause mayhem on your property and inflict harm that is beyond repair.
However, if the budget is a bit tight and calling in an expert doesn’t seem to be an option, don’t just easily believe things you find on the internet about eradicating termites. Believe it or not, there are several myths that people claim are effective but aren’t, making you waste money, time, and effort. Want to know more about this? Check out below!
Whether it comes to so-called natural termite repellents or perhaps devices that claim they can kill termites at one go, there are hundreds of termite myths that are spreading all across the internet. Here are the top ones you should always avoid:
1. Termites Don’t Infest Steel-Framed Homes
This is among the myths that we naturally hear all the time, so it’s worth mentioning. Many people believe that Steel-framed houses are immune to termite infestations because the owner assumes that termites don’t consume steel, so they don’t have anything to worry about.
Although there is somehow truth to that myth since there hasn’t been a discovery of steel-eating termites (Thank God!) however, many people forget that there are still several parts of a house that requires the use of wood, making a home that is steel-framed still susceptible to these pests.
Remember: floorboards, cabinetry, window frames, and other wood items within your home are vulnerable to termite infestation. The steel frame may protect a part of the structure, but termites don’t only target the frame, they eat other home elements too.
2. Diesel Can Effectively Kill Termites
Many people claim that spilling diesel on termites and setting these creatures on fire is really effective in killing these pests completely. Don’t be fooled, though! Before you go and grab some gas to spill it in an area of your house, you should know that this myth isn’t 100% efficient.
Some residents have tried to set a tree near their backyard on fire in the hopes of killing all termites, but although it might have killed some, it nearly burned their house to the ground without completely destroying the bug. The millions or more termites under the ground that you’ve skipped will be unaffected by diesel or flames.
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3. Having Black Ants Will Stop Termite Infestation
Another common misconception and myth about termites are that if you’ve got black ants around your premises, you can stop a termite infestation from occurring. However, this myth is due to poor reasoning and logic other than solid proof.
Of course, if you tossed a few termites near a black ant colony, they’re really going to devour it. But to be honest, termites only ever stay underground so getting the chance to let them be eaten by black ants isn’t that effective when it comes to stopping an infestation. You need to understand that termites are subterranean species so most of them only move, stay and nest under the ground, far from the reach of people and ants. If you’re looking to stop termites, this isn’t definitely the answer.
4. Termite Get Killed By UV Ray Light
If you’re thinking about buying a common UV ray light to deal with your termite outbreak, don’t pursue your decision and save yourself the trouble. Using this device to repel or kill termites is as ineffective as using baking soda or diesel. Heat doesn’t bother termites that much and although it slowed their movement, it didn’t do as much as that. You’ll only be wasting your time, money, and effort with this device.
To sum everything up, there are hundreds of termite myths going on the internet, but we ensured to list out the most common ones, so you can avoid them at all costs. To effectively remove termites, the experts are the best ones to call since doing it yourself may lead to an infestation worsening.