The best method of subterranean termite control is to avoid water accumulation near your home's foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.
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When natural vegetation is cleared and houses are built, termites often switch to feeding on wooden structures. Termites enter buildings through wood that is in direct contact with the soil and by building shelter tubes over or through cracks in foundations. Any cellulose material in direct contact with the soil, such as trees, vines or plumbing fixtures, can serve as an avenue of infestation.
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Termites Termite damage is more common than damage caused by storms, fires and earthquakes.
Termites often avoid detection until damages are so severe that they are clearly visible. They accomplish this by traveling in tunnels from their underground colony through the soil to any source of cellulose (which could be your home). They devour material from the inside out so what looks like sound, intact wood could actually be hollowed out from destructive termites. Fortunately, termites do leave behind clues of their presence,
including: Wood shavings or grass near their excavation sites, Mud tubes or tunnels that extend to the foundation
Swollen or sagging floors, Warped doors
Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
People often mistake Ants and Termites. Here are the differences.
Antennae bent, kinked, elbowed.
Wings forewings longer than hind wings
Ants have a pinched waist and tend to curl (bend over) when they die.
Body is thick, no waist,
Various Types of Termites
KING TERMITEThere is only one king - the male termite that mates with the queen to help found the colony. He plays an important role in the beginning of the colony, helping to raise the younger termites as the queen lays eggs. When the founding king dies, in some species a reproductive will grow into a replacement king.
Unlike many kinds of ants, termites often have more than one queen. There is a primary queen, which is usually the first termite that founded the colony, along with several other secondary queens will take over if the primary queen is killed.
WORKERSThese termites stay inside the nest, building it, tending to eggs and larva, and gathering food. They are white and often die easily outside the tunnels they have built from exposure to sunlight
Reproductives fly around in swarms attempting to start new nests. They can also become a queens if needed. They will fly for short periods, shedding their wings when they have found a new home.
Our full service termite control department provides traditional and alternative treatments subterranean termites.
Baiting Systems ( Advanced, First Line or system of choice)
Soil treatment for subterranean termites (Localized or Perimeter Treatment)
Alternative treatments (zero to minimal pesticide use)
Borates (Timbor, Bora-Care)
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