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The mere mention of the word strikes fear into the heart of homeowners everywhere and with good reason. A more destructive and organized pest was never battled by exterminators. Eating constantly; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…no vacation, no sick days… just consume, consume, consume. This has made the dreaded subterranean termite an enemy more destructive than any other insect!

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TERMITE DAMAGE

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Termites come in a few different shapes and colors. The worker and soldiers are typically a yellow or off-white color, with the workers sporting an oversized head and massive jaws. Reproductive termites come in a darker brown color, which is why people often mistake them for flying ants, but have wings that are at least twice the size of their entire body. Workers and soldiers and roughly the same size, usually about a ¼ inch in size, whereas the winged reproductives are about 3/8 of an inch long. Termite queens, who can live up to 20 years if untouched, can produce anywhere between 5,000-10,000 eggs a year, and an average colony has anywhere between 60,000 and 250,000 members.

Did You Know?
  • Termites are photophobic (or afraid of light), which is why they’re most often found in darker areas of buildings and structures.
  • They’ve got the most enviable work ethic of any creature on Earth, working non-stop 24 hours a day, and they do not require sleep.
  • Like many insects, termite queens are considered to be a high-class delicacy in some countries, with people serving them like live squirming bug sushi, paired with sweet wines, or even dipped in chocolate.
Myths & Facts

MYTH: Termites and carpenter ants do the same amount of damage to a home.
FACT: Termites will damage a home much more swiftly and much more severely than carpenter ants. The easiest comparison to make is that termites can destroy a devastating amount of wood, where carpenter ants only do an average of a basketball-sized amount of damage (per year).

MYTH: Providing termites with a cutoff source of wood, such as a log pile or stump, in your yard will prevent them from taking interest in your house’s wood.
FACT: Often times, inspectors and technicians find that if a home has a wood pile, shed, stump, etc., near a home that termites will not only gravitate to those objects but simultaneously infest the home and the object.

FACT

Have you ever stopped to think about the deaths that occur in a termite colony every day ? What does the colony do with the remains of individuals that die of pesticides, disease and other environmental factors ?

Believe it or not there are workers in a colony that are tasked with being “undertakers.”

Disposal of corpses inside a termite colony is 24/7 job for certain workers. A colony of 5 million termites can lose up to 70,000 individuals DAILY ! Left alone these corpses would pile up and spread disease throughout the colony as well as make shelter tubes unusable. Chemical signals are given off by the dead termites that actually help the remaining colony determine the cause of death, and keep them from danger. Termite undertakers use a variety of methods to dispose of bodies – removal from the nest site, burial inside the tunnel, walling off a section of tunnel and of course cannibalization. Other insects that nest in large colonies go through the same process, such as ants and honeybees. I know – more info than you needed, right !!

Signs of An Infestation

Termites are most often associated with the structures they’ve built along walls, most commonly referred to as “termite tubes”, which are a combination of mud, feces and saliva. The other major indicator of a termite infestation is swarming activity in the home. This phenomenon occurs at some time between the months of April and June, usually after the first warmer, rainier day of the season in Pennsylvania. At this time, you will see a literal explosion of flying insect activity within an infested structure, mainly concentrated at where the termites have infested inside the home.

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FAQ

What are termites?

Termites are wood-eating insects that live in colonies and can cause significant structural damage.

How do I identify termites?

The small, pale termites are worker’s, and the darker winged termites are the reproductive termites. If able, you should collect a sample and keep it in a plastic bag for proper identification by a professional.

What are the signs of termite infestation?

Signs include hollowed wood, mud tubes, and swarms of winged insects.

Are termites dangerous?

They do not pose a direct threat to humans but can cause severe damage to buildings.

How do termites enter a home?

They can enter through wood in contact with soil or via cracks in foundations.

What do termites eat?

Primarily wood, but also paper, insulation, and other cellulose-based materials.

Can termites be found in furniture?

This is very rarely the case.

How quickly can termites cause damage?

This will depend on the size of the colony and the number of colonies.

How can I prevent termite infestations?

Treatments are available and you can contact our offices for consultation.

How to detect termites in walls?

Our professional inspectors will look for evidence such as mud tubes and hollow-sounding areas of the structure.

What climates do termites thrive in?

In Pennsylvania, the Eastern Subterranean Termite is very common.

Can termites travel from house to house?

Yes, especially if houses are in close proximity.

How to treat a termite infestation?

It is best to call us, our team will come out and confirm termite activity and explain the termite treatment process.

Can termites damage concrete?

No, but they can travel through cracks in concrete.

What’s the lifespan of a termite colony?

A colony can live for several decades, almost indefinitely provided they have suitable access to moisture and food.

Are termite inspections necessary?

Regular inspections are crucial, especially in termite-prone areas.

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