Termites are small, ant-like insects and off white in color. However, they differ from ants in that they feed off the cellulose in wood. Working largely unseen under the surface, they can tunnel through the wooden structural members in buildings and completely destroy them. Wood that comes in contact with the soil, such as the exterior trim or cladding on your home, provides a perfect point of entry for a termite colony. If the wood does not contact the soil, they can build mud tunnels or tubes to reach wood several feet above the ground.
Termites cause more damage to homes in U.S. than storms and fire combined; colonies can contain up to 1,000,000 members. Some damage is hard to spot because worker termites cannot be exposed to the air. A wood beam in your home may appear solid but It could be hollowed out from being eaten.
A common sign of a termite infestation is swarming termites. They emerge from the ground in your home confirming that you have a problem nearby. These are the reproductive termites that are mating to build new colonies around your home. Most of these swarmers will shed their wings as part of the reproductive process.
You may also notice what is called a mud tunnel. This is built by termites using soil and their saliva. Termites use these tunnels to travel up walls and through wood. These tunnels keep moisture in and allow them to survive while being out of the soil.
Dry Wood Termites
Drywood Termite Swarmers. Unlike the subterranean termite which lives in the ground, drywood termites do not need soil moisture. Instead, they excavate their nest and live directly inside the wood. They infest dry wood such as siding, eaves, cornices, and walls.
One sign of a termite problem is soft clicking sounds coming from the walls. This clicking may come from Soldier termites banging their heads against the wood or shaking their bodies. No they haven’t lost their minds, this is what they do to alert the colony that there is danger afoot.
A calling card left behind by drywood termites, is frass – which is the fecal matter they push out of their galleries when tunneling and eating wood. In large infestations of termites, frass is always looked for to indicate the size of a termite problem and where they are located. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t use their droppings to build their tunnels.
Termites can be difficult to control because they come from underground and are commonly called “hidden invaders”. We use a very aggressive approach to keeping termites under control while trying to eliminate colonies around your home keeping it protected all year round. There are a few methods to control termites. Every situation is different so we must inpect your home first before making the appropriate recommendations. We use a combination of liquid treatment and a baiting system. We use the #1 selling bait stations to help eliminate your infestation. Advance Termite Baiting System is widely used across the country and is specifically designed for subterranean termites. Call today for a free estimate and free inspection.
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