Termites are constantly looking for their next food source and can inflict serious structural damage to a home without leaving any immediate signs. Because the warning signs can be subtle, it takes a trained termite inspector to recognize and identify the problem. Depending on the type of termite or wood destroying pest that we identify, our inspectors will provide a customized solution to protect and preserve your home.
Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies. Unlike subterranean termites, which require excess moisture, drywood termites spend nearly their entire life inside the wood members on which they feed. Young adult termites leave the confines of the galleries only during brief swarming flights to begin new colonies elsewhere. They are sometimes confused with flying ants. Drywood termite damage tends to progress more slowly than subterranean termite damage but because it is so difficult to detect, considerable termite damage may be present by the time it is first found.
Signs of a drywood termite infestation:
- Swarming or flying termites in your home.
- Pin sized holes in walls where termites kick out droppings.
- Small piles of termite droppings, also called frass (usually resembling pyramid shaped mounds).
- Discarded wings of swarming drywood termites in areas where swarmers can exit their colony to begin a new one.
- Damaged or hollowed out wood.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground. They build tunnels or mud tubes through cracks in concrete to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. Wood that is in direct contact with soil provides easy access to food, moisture and shelter to a colony. With their hard, saw-toothed jaws, they are by far the most destructive termite species.
Signs of a subterranean termite infestation:
- Winged termites emerging from swarming tubes (usually in the spring).
- Mud tubes running up interior or exterior walls.
- Wood that is bubbled in appearance.
Dampwood termites, as their name imply, live and feed in moist wood. They are usually found in cool, humid areas along the coast due to their high moisture requirement. They produce distinctive droppings which are rounded on both ends. Dampwood termites are larger than drywood and subterranean termites, up to an inch long. They are attracted to lights and can swarm throughout the year.
Signs of a dampwood termite infestation:
- Discarded wings near windowsills and lights.
- Galleries and tunnels that extend across the grain in decaying wood.
- Elongated droppings outside of their galleries.
Among all the pests that can cause damage to your home, termites rank the highest. Don't wait until you notice signs of activity before you schedule an inspection. A routine termite inspection can save you thousands!
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Your termite inspection report
will include the following:
-Present or past activity of wood
destroying insects & locations
-Conditions conducive to termites
-a customized treatment plan
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