Termites can be a danger to people and their homes. If you notice any signs of termites in your home or business, Premier Pest will help you eradicate the problem. Give us a call today for a free estimate on termite control in Central and South Side Virginia.
Termite Facts - Did You Know?
- Termites are over 200 million years old and they are related to cockroaches.
- Most termites live in areas where it is hot and wet. Small animals eat termites as snacks.
- A few species of termites live in the United States
- Termites colonies can have millions of members
- Termite Colonies have a king and queen. The queen lays millions of eggs during her life
- There are enough termites on Earth to weigh the equivalent of a full-grown cow!
- Termites are known to build freestanding tubes of mud just to get to wood. The biggest termite tube that has been documented was over 12 foot long!
- Termites never sleep; they work around the clock…24 hours a day.
- Termites have been around longer than humans and even dinosaurs. They are estimated to be in existence for over 250 million years!
- An average home with termites can contain multiple colonies of termites. With each colony containing up to a million termites, that’s a lot of termites!
- Termites are nocturnal like bats and do not like the light. This is why they bury themselves underground, in mud tunnels and wood.
- Alaska is the only state that does NOT have subterranean termites!
- The queen termite can potentially lay 1 egg every 15 seconds. She can live to be 15-25 years old. That’s a lot of termites to be borne by one queen.
- Worldwide, there are over 2,700 species of termites. There are over 40 know species that have been identified in the United States.
- Termites are close relatives to roaches even though they resemble ants. Given the roles they play within their colonies, termites have been given the nickname of “social cockroaches”.
- Termites’ primary source of food is wood; however, they will feed on books, paper, insulation and even swimming pools! This is why termites cause billions of dollars in damage for homeowners everywhere!
- If you discover winged termites inside your home, you are almost certain to have an infestation that requires treatment.
- Being that termite colonies can have one million members, it is no surprise that they can be found foraging in all different directions.
- Since termites eat wood, books and paper, it is no wonder that they can cause major damage to an unprotected dwelling.
- Not all damage by termites is through dwellings. Termites have also been known to damage food crops.
Signs of Termites Infestation
- Any sign of mud-like tunnels in an irregular pattern
- When termites eat wood, they only leave a thin layer on the surface
- Swarmers: If you see a group of what may appear to be “flying ants” then that is considered to be a swarm.
- You are more likely to see a swarm after it rains on warm days.
- Mud Tunnels: Normal mud tunnels are the diameter of a pencil, but they can be bigger. The tunnels connect the nest to their food source, which is of course wood.
- Subterranean termites construct different types of tubes or tunnels
- Working tubes can be found on concrete and stone and go from the nest which is located in the ground to various food sources.
- An exploratory tunnel will rise from the ground and go up in the air not being attached to anything.
- Drop tubes go from the source of the food back to the ground.
- Piles of wings: The swarmers will shed their wings. This is an indication of them entering into their next stage of life.
- Live termites
- Buckling paint or tiny holes in the wood.
- Damaged wood
Professional Termite Control Methods
A licensed termite inspector is required to inspect your home for termite activities. They will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, under your home and around your home. They will then complete a report of their findings and supporting documentation. The inspector will then present you with their report and your options for dealing with their findings.
- Chemical Soil Treatment- is a treatment around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eliminate termites attempting entry into the dwelling through a treated soil area.
- Termite Baiting and potential Termite Colony Elimination- this involves the installation and monitoring of termite bait stations. For this method to work, the termites have to find and consume the bait.
- Regular Follow-Up Inspections are necessary and should be conducted at least every 12 months.