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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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.
- 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.
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.
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 !!
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.
A termite infestation and damage can be devastating to your home or property. Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
- 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 the swarming termites.
Termites invade homes by crossing from their colonies in yards to foundations. Cracks or gaps around pipes and wires give the pests access inside. Homeowners can also get termites from:
- Wooden structures, like porches and decks, in direct contact with the ground
- Stacks of firewood that lean against the house.
- Damp soil near foundations from leaking faucets, gutters, or downspouts
- Trees and shrubs planted close to the building.
- Above ground locations in the house that remain damp enough to support termites without them needing to return to the moist conditions found in the soil.
- Eliminate Moisture Problems, Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C units.
- Divert water from foundation, keep gutters and downspouts clean, Get rid of standing water on roof.
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch.
- Keep all vents clear and open.
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
- Remove Termite Food Sources, Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space.
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house, Place screens on outside vents.
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage, Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil.
- Commonly, termites live in wooden structures, decayed trees, fallen timber, and soil. Habitats vary among species as some termites require different amounts of moisture. The pests are found in greater numbers in tropical regions where living conditions for termites is optimal.
- When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations.
- Prior to being scheduled for treatment; an inspection will need to be completed. You inspector will explain where termite activity is seen. Your inspector will advise you if anything needs to be moved prior to beginning the treatment for termites (such as stacks of wood, etc.). After this inspection you will be provided with two quotes. One quote for the accompanying treatment with a one-year warranty, and a second quote offering an extended warranty.
- At some point prior to your treatment, utilities companies may show up onsite to mark utilities prior to the termite treatment. Our office will contact them and arrange for markings, the utility company will determine if they need to onsite mark, if it does not interfere, they will not show up onsite. Your technician will be drilling approximately 2 feet in multiple locations to place the appropriate products directly into the soil.
- Your technician will telephone when on the way to your home.
- Your technician will need access to power and water.
- Once arrived, your technician will speak with you and answer any questions you may have, settle payment, and begin the treatment process.
Our service is warrantied for one year with all termite treatments. Extended warranty options are available or may be added each year.