TERMITES In Your Home

TermitesTermites are probably the most feared of structural infesting insects and have developed very effective ways to get to and to attack the wood in your home. They live in colonies which are usually underground, sometimes they will live within your home itself. From their colonies in the ground, these subterranean termites will build earth tubes between the soil and the infested wooden structure. These earth tubes can travel up the side of a foundation wall, along your plumbing or just directly to the wood. They are a sure sign of infestation. Within the colony of termites there is a miniature society with kings, queens, workers and soldiers.

The king and the queen have really one job within this society and that is to reproduce new termites, focusing on the production of eggs.

Soldier Termites protect the the colony, the king, the queen and the eggs from other insects. These termites have a long armored head with mandibles which are capable of cutting an invader in half. When the colony is invaded, the soldiers will sound an alarm by banging their heads against the side of a tunnel, which will draw the workers deeper within the colonies and the other soldiers out to fight off the predators.

Worker Termites forage from the nest to the wood supply, returning with food for the colony. They also construct the earth tubes to food sources and tend to the eggs during the incubation period.

Queen Termites are known to live up to 50 years, most commonly live about 15 years. A Queen Termite’s only job is to lay eggs. She will typically lay 30,000 eggs per day. The colonies spread with the help of the newly hatched. Known as swarmers, they have wings which allow them to fly short distances in search of suitable places to start new colonies. When the short flight is over, the wings are lost and the swarmers scramble to find mates and establish their colony. Very few survive to establish colonies because they are easy prey for other insects and birds.

Having a termite extermination professional come and treat these infestations is imperative because of the large amount of damage that they can cause to the wood around your foundation in a short amount of time.

WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR INFESTATION?

A thorough inspection is necessary to see if termites are present. If found our pest exterminators and management specialists will prescribe the best treatment method to eliminate the termites. Depending on the construction of your home, we may recommend Termidor SC, a liquid termiticide that is a non-repellant; the termites forage right into it becoming infected immediately. Being social insects, the workers pass the Termidor SC to each other killing the entire colony. Whether your foundation is on a crawlspace, slab or basement type, Termidor SC can be applied underneath and around the perimeter of your home. Termidor SC treatments have successfully lasted 7 years or longer. A yearly termite inspection is essential to make certain no new colonies emerge. The professionals an exterminator will ensure the best pest control strategy for getting rid of termites, and preventing future infestations.

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