is imperative that you have your home inspected for signs of termite
infestation, and take steps necessary to prevent infestations from
destroying your most valuable possession.
Subterranean Termites are the MOST
destructive termites of the species. They account for 95% of damage
Evidence of Infestations:
that is damaged can be penetrated with a screwdriver, ice pick or
knife. The presence of mud or shelter tubes is another indication
of infestation. (See Photos)
We would be happy to schedule an inspection and
discuss ways that you can protect your home from this devastating destruction.
is some information about various types of termites that we treat and
is usually first seen at or near the ground. However, damage can occur
far above ground if the infestation has remained undetected for a long
period. Termite damaged wood has no sawdust associated with it; but,
the wood does contain mud tubes and the galleries are lined with soil. Termite
damage is sometimes located in wood adjacent to heaters or fireplaces.
Termites actually eat wood and can cause physical damage. Termites often
attack wood that is touching or close to soil.
SCARY Note: The Queen
can live up to 10 years!
ROTTEN WOOD AND DAMP
This group contains
some of our largest termites, with bodies as much as one inch long
and wings at least twice that in length. Damp wood termites do not
require contact with the soil in order to obtain moisture; however,
wood with a high degree of moisture is needed. They are usually associated
with wood decay.
They plug openings into the wood and excavate large galleries.
. They do not, however, keep the galleries clean. There pellets can be
found throughout their tunnels in infested wood, although many of the
six sided pellets are discarded from the galleries through small
openings in the surface of the wood.
DRY WOOD TERMITES
Dry wood termites
generally feed and nest in under decayed wood with low moisture content.
Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the
soil in order to live. They can seriously damage movable wooden objects
such as furniture. A male and female pair work their way into the
wood chosen for the nest. In the opening where they entered the wood, there
will be a plug of brown cement like material about 1/8 inch in diameter.
Behind this plug they excavate a chamber where the queen lays the first
eggs. The nymphs which hatch from these eggs perform the work of the colony.
These termites cut across the grain of the wood, excavating large chambers
which are connected by small tunnels. The chambers and tunnels being used
by the colony are kept clean. Execrate and other debris are stored in unused
chambers or cast out through small openings in the wood.
SCARY NOTE: The Queen can live
up to 10 years!
termites live in dry wood. They damage structural timbers as well as
furniture. They enter wood through tiny openings and excavate galleries
as do dry wood termites. The galleries are not kept clean but are frequently
filled with a fine powder to which the wood is reduced by the termites.
Powder post termites are easily distinguished from dry wood termites
by their much smaller size and small fecal pellets. The tiny fecal pellets
are ejected from the galleries and are frequently the first sign that
termites are working.
This termite is especially destructive to woodwork and to furniture
because it destroys the interior of wood, leaving a paper thin layer
of wood or paint on the outside
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