year termites account for over 1.7 billion dollars in structural
damage in the Untied States. As a homeowner or builder it's
critical to understand methods for termite prevention and
recognize signs of infestation.
are three primary species of termites in the United States;
the Subterranean Termite, the Drywood Termite and the Formosan
Termite. It's vital to familiarize yourself with each type
of termite, and have the ability to distinguish the different
signs of infestation.
termites swarm in the spring and the fall. If you discover
small, large winged insects flying or lying dead in you residence,
you may have an infestation. Reproductive termites are easily
recognized by their small body, four large transparent wings,
no waistline and straight antennae.
brown in color, the Drywood Termite does not require much
moisture and actually lives in the wood. Drywood Termites
are extremely destructive because they grow their galleries
inside walls, making them difficult to reveal. Often Drywood
Termites are not discovered unless the structure is undergoing
rebuilding or renovation, so major damage can be taking place
with few signs of infestation. The behavior of Drywood Termites
exhibits the importance of regular inspections.
The Subterranean Termite is the most common termite species.
Brown to black in color, the Subterranean Termite feeds on
wood but must return to ground for moisture. They build their
colonies deep beneath the soil, spawning millions of offspring
per cubic yard. Subterranean Termite habitats house several
queens, endless workers and countless reproductives, making
them a stubborn adversary unless expert treatment methods
to the United States from Asia, the Formosan Termite is
light brown to red in color. Like it's Drywood cousin, the
Formosan Termite nests within the wood, only this little beast
is far more aggressive. Formosan Termites can cause serious
damage in as little as six months, making regular inspection
and prompt treatment essential.
SIGNS OF INFESTATION AND
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDE:
Mud tubes, usually found in the foundation
Small hole in your homes siding
Staining on the walls and ceiling or rotting wood
Wood to ground contact piled against your home
The most important
lesson in learning about termite control is to be proactive
looking for signs of infestation, and to be diligent getting
an annual inspection. Hume and Company is always available
for controlling moisture in and around the home with a prompt,
affordable inspection. If you happen to have a problem, we'll
be there with cutting edge, nontoxic treatment techniques
maximizing effectiveness and minimizing negative impact on
your home and you families health.