have been around for at least 200 million years and their colonies
eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; causing billions of
dollars worth of property damage. Termites have wings that they shed
once they have found a good place to build a nest.
"subterranean" termite is the infamous termite that does so much damage
to homes. They send troops out of the ground nest lying somewhere
beneath the home and it is these worker termites that tunnel through the
timber and framing of homes and, over time, cause significant
destruction. They can destroy building foundations, wooden support
beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation even
swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also
injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.
subterranean termites are highly destructive to douglas fir and other
common building timbers. They can rapidly eat out the internal sections
of structural timbers - devouring mainly the spring wood, and preferring
to leave the harder summer wood sections. As a result, infested timbers
are often left as a thin shell with a honey-comb of layered hollow
subterranean termite infestation begins when warm temperatures and heavy
rainfall trigger an established colony to send out a swarm of winged
termites. Swarms consist of winged, reproductive males and females.
Subterranean termite colonies are usually active for three to five years
before winged reproductive appear. The presence of winged termites in
your home is a sure sign of infestation.
mating, swarmer termites land and shed their wings, leaving them in
piles that resemble fish scales. If these piles are present on
windowsills or spider webs in your home, you are most
likely experiencing a termite infestation.
Subterranean termites eat cellulose material of all kinds, including
books, picture frames and older, woolen carpets in addition to wood. To
reach aboveground food sources, worker termites construct elaborate mud
tunnels indoors and outside.
reproductive termites are frequently mistaken for flying ants, but are
smaller than ants and have straight, rather than bent, antennae. Termite
swarmers have four wings that are all the same size. Ant swarmers have
two large wings in front and two smaller wings behind. If there are
piles of wings on windowsills of your home, check to see if they are all
the same size. They could be termite wings.
Formosan termite is rarely found North of 35 N latitude.
termites are the largest, most aggressive and destructive timber pests
in the United States. It is known to cause major structural timber
damage to homes and buildings within a few months. These termites live
in huge colonies that are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers
live in huge underground colonies (up to 300 feet long), and build mud
nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats and
buildings. Major swarms of this termite occur in May and June, but small
flights can occur at any time of the year. Swarming is the primary way
the termite naturally spreads after it has been transported to a new
area. Spread by swarming is slow mainly because these insects are poor
termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. These colonies dont have
workers. Younger termites, called "false workers", do all the work for
termites can build nests and dig tunnels in buildings. These tunnels
cause major damage because the wooden support beams can become weak and
make the building lean or fall down.
Termite colonies are usually found in dry wood and they do not require
moisture or contact with the soil. They look very similar to
subterranean termites, but they are vastly different in their behavior
and physiology, because they obtain water solely from their own
metabolism, they do not need to maintain contact with the soil or with
an external source of moisture. There is often little external evidence
of their presence.
indications you may have a termite infestation include the following:
temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil
around your home.
cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
that sounds hollow when tapped.
tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
Discarded wings from swarmers.
Eliminate Moisture Problems
leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units, that contact any wood
water from foundation of your home or building
gutters and down-spouts clean so they don't back up
excessive plant cover and wood mulch close to your home
rid of standing water on roofs
all vents clear and open
entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
rid of stumps and debris near house
decks and wooden fences for damage
on your home shouldn't contact the soil
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