Know Your Enemies- The Termites

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Termites- The Destroyers

Termites are destructive pests. These tiny ant-like wood-eating pests can run havoc on any property.  Every year, they cause more damage to property in the US than all the natural calamities combined. Termite Pest Control is important to be done as early as possible. Their colonies can grow very large at a quick pace. If left unchecked, a termite infestation can spiral out of control even in your home. You must keep looking for the Signs of Termite Infestation.

Termites- Eating Wood 24/7

There is no doubt that termites are hardworking pests. They work 24/7 without taking a break. They aren’t short lived like other pests. A regular worker termite may live up to 2 years and the queen may last for decades. Once Termites infestation begins in your home, the colony can keep growing for years. The queen termite lives and keeps laying eggs for 20 years at a stretch.

The Real Problem in Detecting Termite Infestation

The biggest problem in detecting a termite infestation is lack of apparent signs.  Termites work silently in the dark. They eat your furniture, foundations and other woodwork from inside. They eat it day in and day out. Once they finish eating all the wood they start eating fabric, paper, and virtually anything made from plant material. This is the stage where the infestation becomes visible. But, by this time it is already very late. The wood in furniture, foundations, walls, and floorings would have already been eaten by them. It is important that you know your enemy clearly and the damage it can cause.

4 Types of Termites

The scientists have discovered more than 3000 termite species to date. However, in the US there are mainly four types of termites that trouble people.

Dampwood Termites

These termites concern us the least as they live on damp wood. They eat dead and decaying trees. You will rarely find these termites in your home. But, they can be eating a fallen tree or a utility pole next to your home.

Dry wood Termites

Dry Wood Termites can cause structural damage to your home. They like to feast on the support beams, pillars, and other heavy wood. From your furniture to the wooden flooring, everything is their food. These termites are very hard to detect as they do not create mud tunnels. They spend their entire life inside the wood and eat it from inside. If this termite is inside the wood in your house, then you are in real trouble. Expert Termite Inspection for complete Termite Removal is the only option.

Subterranean Termites

This is one of the most dangerous species of termites. These termites can feed on virtually anything ranging from wood, and fabric to plastic and wires. If there is an attack of this termite on your home then your beams, sub-flooring, foundation, insulation and even the plumbing pipes are in danger. These termites do not leave even the living trees and shrubs.  These termites enter your home through the soil and make their colonies underground. You will need Best Termite Treatment including Termite Soil Treatment for it. Other Termite Treatment Options like Termite Fumigation and Termite Spray may also help.

If you see small mud tunnels around wood or damaged wood with honeycombs, then you know that it is the handiwork of these termites.

The Invaders- Formosan Termites

These are the invasive sub-type of Subterranean termites. They have come from outside America and present an even more serious danger. Although these termites also eat the wood at the same speed as the subterranean termites, the problem is with their number. Their colonies are huge and they can be in thousands upon thousands. Within a span of 6 months, they can cause serious structural damage to your property.

The difficulty with Termite Removal is that different types of termites live in different environments. From food habits to habitats, everything is different. Clear identification of the type of termite infestation is the key to effective Termite Control. Wrong treatment will not only increase your Termite Treatment Cost but may also render Termite Treatment ineffective.

Frames Pest Control has been the trusted name in Pest Control Service from Northwest Ohio to Southeast Michigan. We have been doing all kinds of Pest Control for past 3 generations and have a combined experience of more than 100 years. Call us now or write to us for a free estimate of Termite Removal on your property.