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Termites Exterminator in NYC

Termites 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 Termites


The "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.

Eastern 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 sections.

A 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.

After 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.

Winged, 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 Termites


The Formosan termite is rarely found North of 35 N latitude.

Formosan 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 and reproductive.

Formosans 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 fliers.


Drywood Termites


Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. These colonies dont have workers. Younger termites, called "false workers", do all the work for the colony.

Drywood 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.

Drywood 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.


Termite Warnings.

Some indications you may have a termite infestation include the following:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.

  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).

  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.

  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.

  • Discarded wings from swarmers.

Eliminate Moisture Problems

  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units, that contact any wood

  • Divert water from foundation of your home or building

  • Keep gutters and down-spouts clean so they don't back up

  • Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch close to your home

  • Get rid of standing water on roofs

  • Keep all vents clear and open

  • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes

Remove Food Sources

  • Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space

  • Get rid of stumps and debris near house

  • Check decks and wooden fences for damage

  • Wood on your home shouldn't contact the soil


At Louie Exterminating, we take great pride in our organization and strongly believe that our services should always exceed our customer's expectations. Our highly competent professional staff is always eager to help you with any of your exterminating needs.
When it's time to select a pest control company for bed bugs, termites, carpenter ants or other pest removal needs, Louie Exterminating is the best choice you can make. We have the experience and the expertise you need to exterminate any kind of pest problem. And we have a real passion for pest removal. That keeps us a leader in the industry.

Contact Louie Exterminating  Pest Control for more information about our rodent pest control and exterminator services in New York City. Call us today at 718-581-8827.






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