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Termites can be one of the most destructive insects to your home. They’re not just annoying, but they can actually damage the structural integrity of your most important investment. In the southern United States it is estimated that there can be anywhere from 15-25 active termite colonies in any given acre of land. The question is not if your home will get these wood-eating monsters, but when. You have invested a lot into your home and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in some good termite control to keep them away.

Signs of Termites

Termites are a huge problem and a serious threat to the value and structural integrity of your home. However, due to their reclusive nature, it can be hard to tell whether or not your house is troubled by these insects. Therefore you should know the following termites signs that might indicate a problem in your home and be ready to act to get rid of them if they are present

Termite Colonies. how they work

How Do You Know If You Have Termites?

          • The most common signs of termite infestation are a raised tunnel of dirt also known as a termite mud tube that leads to the house that is under siege. These tunnels can also be found on the house itself, and are a surefire way of knowing that you have termites. Often if you follow them back they will lead you to the main colony, which means that there are likely to be many thousands of termites going back and forth between there and your home. These tunnels also present a serious threat to the wood in your home, as it does not take long for these wood-destroying insects to cause serious damage.
          • Another of the tell-tale termite signs is finding their waste products around the wood in your home. It is usually a powder with the consistency and appearance of sawdust, and if it appears near cracked or brittle wood, you can be sure that you have a problem on your hands. Termite excreta can also take the form of small pellets not unlike roach or rat droppings, also found near the wood in your home. Any of these signs of termite damage are reason enough to begin a termite treatment program right away.
          • The process for how to tell if you have termites is most easily done by looking for these two signs, although there are some other methods that can help. Examining the actual interior of your home in crawlspaces and underneath the house can tip you off if you see the signs of termite in home. By keeping a watchful eye on the exterior and interior of your home, you’ll be sure to be aware of how to know if you have termites, and what to do if they do appear inside your house.

Basic Termite Identification

There are three different types of termites that are likely to infest your home: Subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Here is a brief description of each type.

    • Subterranean: Primary reproductives are black to pale yellow-brown in color; Wings are pale or smoky gray to brown in color with few visible veins; ¼ to 3/8 inch long. Secondary reproductives are white to cream in color, wingless, or very short wings. Workers make up the majority of a colony and are white in color, wingless, and ¼ to 3/8 inch long. Soldiers resemble workers in overall appearance, except with a slightly larger brownish head and more prominent mandibles or jaws.
    • Drywood: These colonies contain a caste system of workers, soldiers and reproductives, which are all up to ½ inch longer than subterranean termites. Workers make up the majority of the colony; they are about 1/8 inch long, white to cream in color, and have no wings. Soldiers defend the colony against other insects that might attack the colony; they are white and wingless with large brown heads and jaws. Reproductives are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings that extend twice the length of the body.
    • Dampwood: The Dampwood termite is sometimes called the “rotten wood” termite and is associated with high moisture content and wood decay. At 3/8″ to ¾” long, the dampwood termite is larger than both the drywood and subterranean. Soldiers defend the colony against other insects that might attack the colony; they have a flattened brown head with long dark brown to black mandibles. Reproductives are dark brown with brown wings. Nymphs are creamy colored with a spotted pattern on the abdomen caused by food in their intestines.

Termite Behavior

      • Subterranean Termites live in the soil, with nests away from your home or wood structures. They infest wood that is underground directly in contact with the soil. The worker termites travel into your home and take their food – your wood – back to the colony. Subterranean termites require a high moisture content to survive, which is why they live underground and are rarely seen out in the open. You won’t find many outward signs (“sawdust” like materials or excrement pellets) because these termites use those materials to make tunnel-like structures, or mud tubes, on the walls (indoors or out) of your home to retain their moisture. These termites are usually found in more “tropical” climates, and if the moisture content above ground is adequate, they’ll create nests above ground. Subterranean termites are the most destructive wood pest in the U.S., with huge colonies consuming up to 15 pounds of wood a week and the termites can travel up to 100 yards to access wood.
      • Drywood Termites do not require any extra moisture other than what is present in the wood. They have relatively small colonies and don’t cause extensive damage unless left untreated for many years. They will infest and consume any wood cellulose material and you could find them in furniture, dying trees, utility poles, etc.
      • Dampwood Termites need more moisture than drywood termites but not as much as subterranean; they don’t require soil moisture but do require wood with high moisture content. They are most often associated with rotting wood and wood partially underground, like stumps or fallen branches. Around your home you could find them in rotting deck planks or wood around leaky showers, tubs, or roof eves and any other place with poor ventilation.

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The Right Products and The Right People For The Job

There are several different kinds of methods that you could use and we have the right experience to help you know which one is best. Our highly trained termite control experts can help implement the right protection, you never have to deal with termites again.

HOUSTON TERMITE CONTROL utilizes products like Termidor and Bora Care to control termite infestation getting rid of them for good. A fully matured termite queen will lay up to 2,000 new eggs each day and an aggressive approach to killing termites is often needed to completely exterminate them from your home. you’ll never have to wonder how to kill termites again!



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