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We can even treat the ground underneath a new home, before it is built. This keeps termites away for years and enables you to have the peace of mind you need.
Subterranean Worker & Soldier Termites
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How do termites spread?
In soil, termites will forage for cellulose material found in plants. Typically you can unearth termites in the mulch surrounding your home or in a nearby wood pile. When soil conditions and temperatures are good for termite activity, colonies can develop near the foundation of your home. As termites forage for food in the soil, they often enter homes through small cracks (1/16 inch wide or less). Once inside they will continue for forage for food and inside the home, the food will typically be wood. This wood can be any structural timber around the foundation, behind walls, in ceilings and in many areas that may go unnoticed for months or years.
Termite colonies are initiated when a swarm of winged male and female reproductives leave a mature nest, usually in April in the Northeast. These termites pair off, shed their wings and excavate a nest in or near a source of wood. After making a suitable chamber, the pair mates and the female begins laying eggs. The eggs hatch within a few weeks and the larvae will mature over a period of several months. Most of the larvae will become workers or soldiers. When the nest reaches its maximum population some of the new larvae will mature into winged reproductives and the cycle is repeated.
There are three different types of termites: damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Damp wood termites generally live in areas that are heavily forested, whereas dry wood termites live in dry woods and don’t require any contact with the soil. In the US they are normally found in the southern states. In our area, the termite of concern is the North Eastern Subterranean Termite. They live in large social colonies of 60,000 to 250,000 members and feed on the cellulose debris found in leaf litter, wood, and in dung. While termites and not directly harmful to humans their ability to consume wood can cause massive amounts of damage to buildings and structures if left untreated.
Termites usually come out in early spring throughout the North East and at times can be seen as a swarm of what looks like flying ants. Some clues that your home has a termite problem (aside from the spring swarming) will include, soft wood, and mud tubes around the exterior or interior of your house, most likely near the foundation. Also dark or blistered wood structures may also be an indication of a termite problem.
The three most recognizable forms (castes) of the eastern subterranean termite are the swarmers (winged reproductives), soldiers and workers. The swarmers are about 3/8 inch long including wings, dark brown to almost black and have 2 pairs of translucent (slightly milky to slightly smoky) wings. The front and hind wings are of equal size. Soldiers are about 1/4 inch long and have an elongated, amber-colored head armed with long jaws. The body is translucent white and the legs are rather short. Workers are 3/16 to 1/4 inch long, translucent white with a nearly round amber head and have rather short legs.
Identifying Winged Termites
How do I get rid of Termites?
Getting rid of termites is not easy because of the size and location of the underground colonies. Termites can forage far below the soil for food and will create underground colonies with a series of tunnels and passageways. The termites will mark food sources with a pheromone trail so the other members of the colony can follow a path. The most effective termite control solution is based on careful inspection, observation, and follow up. The final treatment needs to successfully eradicate the entire colony, stopping termite foraging at its source.
Although it is impossible to completely prevent termites from entering the typical home, the following steps will help in preventing future infestations:
- All wood-to-soil contact must be eliminated
- Maintain proper drainage around your property, as moist soil will attract termites
- Keep wood structures, fence posts, wooden sheds, decks, play sets, firewood piles, and other wood sources at least 10 to 15 feet from the home.
- Termites will be attracted decaying mulch, if possible remove mulch annually and replace it with new mulch.
- Shrubs & Trees root removal. When these plants are removed, the decaying root system will attract termites.
Identification: Termite Swarmers
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