Termites

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When termites invade a residence, they’re going to begin turning your life upside down. Termites are incredibly destructive. They’ll chew through cellulose and feed it to other members of the colony. Cellulose is found in lumber, so your home is going to be in jeopardy. Termites are social pests that work as a team when completing numerous tasks. When they’re searching for food, building tunnels, or spreading to new areas, they’re going to work as a team to get the job done quicker. As a result, termites are incredibly difficult to deal with. Getting rid of them won’t be easy either.

Once these pests are living on your property, call an exterminator so they can assemble a plan to deal with them. Subterranean termites are common in our area.

Termite Colony Structures

Termites usually reside in structured colonies. Therefore, their colony will have specific members such as workers, soldiers, and king termites. It is important to learn more about each, so you’ll know what you’re dealing with.

King Termites

The king termite is important during the colony’s early days. It helps the queen reproduce so the colony can continue producing workers and soldiers until the colony has enough to thrive. The king termite will spend its life serving the queen and helping her reproduce.

Queen Termites

Each termite colony is going to have one queen and one king. Both serve reproductive purposes for the colony. They work diligently to ensure that they reproduce so the colony has plenty of worker and soldier termites. In spring, the king and queen will produce swarmer termites so the colony can expand elsewhere. The queen is the colony’s biggest member. She needs help moving through the tunnels.

Worker Termites

The worker termites are vital since they perform so many tasks. They search for food, build tunnels, and help groom other termites. The worker termite never stops working. Unfortunately, this means they’re going to continue damaging your property throughout the day and night.

Soldier Termites

You’re also going to encounter soldier termites. Each colony has them because the colony has to defend itself from potential predators. Soldier termites protect the colony from ants and other predators.

Swarmer Termites

Finally, the colony will produce swarmer termites in the spring of each year. The swarmer termite is unique because it develops wings and flies. Plus, it can reproduce and create more termites. The swarmer termite’s duty is to fly to new areas and start new colonies there. A colony can produce hundreds or thousands of swarmer termites.

Termites Found In Our Area

Since you live in our area, you’re likely going to encounter one species of termites. There might be others, but the Subterranean termite is the most common.

About Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are similar to other species. After all, they live in colonies with the same members. The colony will have a king and queen termite to produce more soldier termites and worker termites. In spring, the colony will produce swarmer termites so the colony can build new nests in other locations. The appearance of the termite generally depends on its class. Swarmer termites reach half an inch in length.

Common Behaviors

Subterranean termites share many common behaviors with other termites. For instance, the termites prefer living in underground nests. When living above ground, they’ll stay in moist areas. They’ll move through mud tunnels to ensure they can access nearby food sources without being attacked.

Your Concerns

These termites can create many concerns for modern consumers. Once they’ve entered your property, it is pertinent to do something about it. The Subterranean termite consumes cellulose, so it is going to chew through your lumber. Get rid of them or the property damage can be immense.

Comparing Flying Ants & Termites

Swarmer termites are flying termites that look like flying ants. You’ll need to look closely to identify the differences between the two. First, their wings are different. The flying ant has wings of different sizes. The flying termite’s wings are identical but fragile. You can also tell the difference by looking at their waist. If the waist is pinched, it is a flying ant. The final way to determine which one you’re dealing with is by looking at its antennas. Elbowed antennas mean you’re dealing with a flying ant. Otherwise, it is a flying termite.

What To Know About Termites

Termites are interesting pests that can cause severe property damage.

  • A worker termite is never going to stop working. It is going to continue moving 24 hours a day.
  • Termite colonies remain active for a long, long time. Don’t expect them to leave for 50 to 70 years.
  • In the United States, termite colonies are huge. They can support up to 500,000 termites.
  • Termites serve an important role in Mother Nature because they help get rid of deadwood.
  • If termites do not have access to water, they’re going to dry out and die. They need water to survive.
  • Termites can live above ground. Their above-ground nests must be kept wet.
  • Ants are the primary enemies of termites. They can attack workers when they’re searching for food. In other cases, they’ll attack the colony.
  • Certain techniques can help you wipe out the infestation.
  • There are 2,000 species around the world, but only 40 species in the United States.
  • Alaska is the only state in America that is free of Subterranean termites.
  • Of the damage done to American structures, Subterranean termites are responsible for 90% or more.
  • These pests cannot chew through concrete. Instead, they’ll move through its cracks and holes easily.
  • Worker termites perform many duties. For instance, they’re going to build tunnels, groom other termites, and feed other termites. They eat cellulose before feeding it to other termites in the colony.
  • Queen termites can live for more than 20 years. They lay up to a thousand eggs each day.

Termite Health Risks

While termites are dangerous to your structure, they’re not dangerous to you. You can rest assured knowing these pests aren’t going to attack you. Nevertheless, they will create a wealth of other issues for you. Once they’re on your property, it is pertinent to wipe them out. Otherwise, the worker termites will continue damaging your home until it is no longer safe.

Eliminating An Infestation Of Termites

Termites are difficult to eliminate. If you try to do it on your own, you’re likely going to experience a variety of issues. First, you won’t be able to identify their colony on your own. They can travel up to 300 feet away, so it is hard to pinpoint the location of the primary nest. Working with a highly reputable exterminator is the best way to deal with it. We’re here to help. We offer inspection, prevention, and elimination services. We’ll do our best to remove the termites from your property as quickly as possible.

DIY Termite Methods

You can try experimenting with certain do-it-yourself methods. Some can indeed eliminate termites. However, eliminating the infestation is going to be much more difficult. If you’re serious about rectifying the problem, call us. Do-it-yourself methods can be dangerous and effective. Our professional, industrial-strength products are safe and reliable. Let us handle it for you so you can move past this hurdle and return to normalcy.

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We Offer The Safest Solutions

We’re going to provide our clients with the safest termite solutions. We strive to provide safe solutions to this problem. We’ve trained our technicians to follow rigorous protocols when dealing with termite infestations. Plus, our skilled technicians are going to wipe them out using EPA-approved products. You can count on these products to be safe and reliable. Call us to schedule an appointment with our friendly representative today.

Preventing Invasions Of Termites On Your Property

Do your best to keep termites off your property. Use the steps below to achieve this goal.

  • Prevent water from collecting around your home. Your gutters, splash blocks, and downspouts need to be working correctly.
  • Check your pipes and air conditioning units for leaks. Deal with any you find.
  • Humidity can lead to termites. Reduce the humidity in your bathroom, attic, basement, and crawlspace.
  • Firewood cannot be stored close to your home. It should be at least 20 feet from the home. You’ll also want to keep it off the ground. 5 inches will be okay.
  • Using rubber mulch is recommended. However, wood mulch is okay if it is 15 inches from the home’s foundation.
  • Regularly check for your home for the signs of termites. Look for cracked paint and hollow wood.
  • Are you concerned that termites are on your property? Call us immediately.

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