Think you have termites?
Termites are social insects which live in colonies under the ground. They come from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways in floors and foundation wall. They mostly live below the soil surface. Termites are also known as White Ants in some areas. There are over 2,600 species of termites worldwide. Only about 5% are significant pests to homes and buildings. In North America, damp wood, dry wood and subterranean termites are a threat to structures, with subterranean termites causing billions of dollars of damage each year.
Termite colonies can contain millions of members. These termite colonies are very organized, with all members working to find sources of food. Members within the colony usually consist of:
WORKERS – are white in color, wingless and soft bodied. Worker termites make up the majority of the colony. They eat wood in order to feed the others in the colony, and are known for the damage they cause.
SOLDIERS – are also wingless, with a yellowish-brown head. Soldiers are the strong-jawed protectors of the colony, keeping out invaders and enemies such as ants.
REPRODUCTIVES/SWARMERS – are winged adults (male – “king, female – “queen”). Body color varies by species from black to yellow-brown. Swarmers termites are the type most often seen by homeowners.
Signs of Termites
Typically spring is when swarmers will begin to emerge inside a home. The presence of Swarmers in your home or their wings, which they shed, could be a sign of termites. It is essential to take immediate action at the first signs of infestation sin your home. Eastern Termite can help you if you have detected termites.
The most obvious signs of termite damage in your home are mud tubes. Mud tubes act a protection for termites and are commonly found near the foundations of your home. Check for signs of termite infestation in areas where wood contacts the ground.
What Do Termites Eat?
A termite’s diet primarily consists of eating cellulose. Cellulose is found in wood and plant fiber. Along with wood, termites can feed on mulch, books, paper and even insulation. Even if your home is built primarily of brick or stone, you can still find yourself with a termite problem, because structural supports as well as other building components are constructed of wood and other cellulose containing materials.