Termites are insects that quietly eat wood and cause billions of dollars in damage to homes in the U.S. annually. Termite damage occurs outdoors to living trees and decaying wood. Termite damage indoors occurs to wood structure and wood products. The four main types are drywood, dampwood, subterranean and Formosan termites. Pest control services have the training and equipment to exterminate all types of termites.
The pest is up to an inch long. During its life cycle from egg to maturity, it is often mistaken for other insects. In the mature stage during spring, termites fly to look for new locations to start a nest. They are often mistaken for flying ants. A professional pest control service is familiar with the appearance and habits of termites during each stage.
Drywood termites live inside buildings in small colonies of up to 1,000 members. They do not need contact with the ground for water. The pest eats through support beams and wood products such as books, furniture and plant based carpets.
Dampwood termites eat decaying wood. Water damage from cracked pipes, leaking faucets and poor drainage around foundations attracts them.
Subterranean colonies are located underground and need ground moisture. They build mud tubes up foundations which protect them from the sun and natural predators. Mud tubes may be constructed over 10 stories high. A termite control service has the techniques to determine whether the tubes are in use or abandoned.
Subterranean termites do not limit termite damage to wood and wood products. Subterranean termites eat through plastic pipes, foam insulation, foundations and swimming pool liners to get to wood.
Formosa termite damage is alarming. They eat through sheet metal, PVC pipe and plaster to reach wood. They build nests in roofs, attics and walls. A large colony of Formosa termites in the U.S. had over 70 million members.
Plants that touch a building create an entryway for termites. Organic mulch piled along a foundation provides termites with food and water. Small openings in foundations and around utility pipes give them access to buildings. Termite exterminators inspect for termite entryways, visible and hidden signs of activity, nests and colonies. Extermination methods depend on the type of termite, extent of the infestation and the life cycle stage of development.
Pest elimination services control existing situations and use safe methods to prevent termite damage. Termite pretreatment during the construction of new buildings prevents termites from entering homes and businesses.
Signs of termite damage often go unnoticed until after significant damage has occurred. A regularly scheduled inspection can help prevent damage to homes and businesses. If someone suspects the presence of termites, it’s best to contact a termite pest elimination service. Further information is available on this site.