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Termites are social insects that live in groups called colonies. Some scientist views the colony not as a collection of individuals but as a single living entity whose parts (i.e. individual termite) work together towards the survival and reproduction of the whole (i.e. colony).

Termite management specialists must be knowledgeable in building construction, termite biology and behavior, the proper and safe use of chemicals, the use and maintenance of equipment, and safety. Termite management specialists must use considerable judgment in the performance of every job.

These swarms are often the first visible indication that termites are present. Environmental conditions must be right before termites will swarm. The temperature, moisture (both within and outside the colony), light conditions, and even barometric pressure influence swarming activities. As general rule, swarmers emerge on warm, sunny days, when the humidity is high, often on days following a rain shower. After a brief flight, the wings are broken off and males and females pair and attempt to establish a new colony. They are particularly defenseless at this time and die or are killed by their natural enemies; Swarmed termites are often confused with flying or swarmer ants. Since ants are often seen swarming in and around buildings, it is important to distinguish between the two so that appropriate control recommendations can be made .There are three ways to separate termites from ants.

  • Ants have a very thin waist between the thorax and the abdomen.
  • Termites are broad wasted.
  • Termite’s wings are all the same size and shape.
  • The forewings of an ant are larger, longer, and longer and of a different shape than the hind wings.
  • Termite’s antennae are elbowed.

 

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Feeding

Subterranean Termites have preferences in the type of wood they will eat. The eastern subterranean termite prefers slash and loblolly pine, while the Formosan termites prefer sugar maple and slash and loblolly pine. Although woods like redwood, cypress and juniper are less preferred by termites, no wood is completely immune to attack. The condition of the wood is also important. Decayed wood is eaten faster and preferred over sound wood. Termites working in the wood facilitate decay by increasing the moisture content. Thus, termite damage is usually associated with decaying wood.

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Inspection for Termites

• Our technicians are well trained and able to determine whether termites are actually present. Sometimes an active infestation is obvious. Other times the problem may be difficult to see, requiring a great deal of effort, situation awareness and use of specialized techniques and information to reach the correct diagnosis

 

Tips and Prevention

 

  1. Limiting favorable food (wood) moisture, and shelter
  2. Wood to ground contact provides termites with shelter, moisture, and entry into a structure that is difficult to detect
  3. Exterior wood at least 6 inches above ground, and may require removing or pulling soil or mulch back from foundation to eliminate wood to ground contact.
  4. High moisture condition around a structure can contribute to a termite infestation. Structure should be sloped so that surface water drains away from the structure.
  5. Proper installment and maintenance of gutters. Proper positioning of lawn sprinklers or irrigation systems to avoid pooling water will reduce soil saturation.
  6. Plumbing and roof leaks need to be fixed.

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