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Termite Control Experts
Termites have a reputation for destruction that is well-earned. They feed on cellulose from any wood or wood by-products they come across, from fallen trees to paper products to wood construction in houses. These tiny pests damage more homes each year than hurricanes, fires and tornadoes combined. Most homeowners insurance does not cover Termite Damage Repair, so call us today to get your home evaluated.
Termite swarms can look like ant swarms, so if you are seeing any of this activity, save a few and give us a call for us to come out and evaluate your home.
MOST COMMON TERMITES
Being in nearly every state, Subterranean Termites are the most common pests injuring structural timber and are the most common type of termite. The winged forms are about 13 mm long and the wingless workers and soldiers are 6 mm long. Termites develop from eggs laid by primary or secondary reproductive. The nymphs proceed through several molts during which the 4 different castes formed are called workers, soldiers primary (winged) reproductive and secondary (wingless) reproductive. Subterranean termite colonies are usually located in the soil from which workers build mud tubes to the wood upon which they must eat for food.
Signs and Severity of Termites
Subterranean termites live in the soil beneath and around homes and often enter through wood that touches the ground or by constructing “mud tubes” from the ground to the wood. Cracks in concrete walls and foundations made of hollow blocks can also be points of entry. Other common warning signs of a subterranean termite infestation are the presence of winged swarmers (termites dark-brown to black in color, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long and two pairs of wings), mud tubes, damaged wood, uneven or bubbling paint, and small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills also indicate that swarmers have entered and infested the home.
Subterranean termite nests can grow quickly and can contain hundreds to thousands of termites. These pests can infest a home for years before they’re detected, so it’s important to pay attention to any warning signs and have them looked at by a termite expert.
Prevention TIPS FOR TERMITES & WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS
- Remove all wood debris that is in contact with the soil
- Store fire wood away from house and off the ground
- Fix any leaks in pipes and drains
- Make sure drainage from the roof is directed away from the house
- Insulate home well to reduce condensation from temperature gradients
- Replace mulch that is close to the home with gravel
- Schedule yearly termite inspections for your home