Termite (RETICULITERMES FLAVIPES.)
Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a property owner. If you suspect a termite infestation, don’t delay – call today.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies within the ground and have specialized castes to perform specific colony functions. The termite colony has three primary castes: workers, soldiers, and the reproductives (kings, queens, and secondaries). The creamy-white workers are seldom seen unless a termite tube or infested wood is broken open. Soldiers have elongated yellowish heads with large jaws and are about the same size as the adult worker, a 1/4 inch.
During the late or early spring, swarms of reproductive caste may be in infested buildings. These black, winged termites are most commonly seen, since the other castes do not willingly expose themselves to light. Winged termites are attracted to light, and when they emerge within buildings, they swarm around doors and windows. After crawling or fluttering around for a short time, the termites break off their wings and locate a mate. Each pair attempt to locate moist wood in contact with the soil to start a new colony, but only a few succeed.
There can be billions of termites in a colony, but you may never see any evidence of them-until your home is seriously damaged. In fact, termites cause $5 billion worth of damage each year in the United States alone-damage not covered by most homeowners insurance.
Our licensed termite specialist will come in and perform a through inspection of your home including areas of the crawl space, basement, attic, garage, and outside perimeter of the entire structure. During the inspection we will pay particular attention to conducive areas such as: infested tree stumps, leaky roofs/gutters, improper grading, excessive mulch beds, wood to soil contact, scrap wood, and water lines. After assessing these areas, we will recommend our Sentricon Termite Bating System or the traditional chemical barrier using Termidor.
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