Treating Termites


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In order to effectively treat a termite infestation and thereby protect the home, it is important to determine exactly which type of termite has invaded the structure. Read on to discover the four types of termites and how a homeowner can get rid of them.

Subterranean Termites are the Most Destructive

According to an article on the National Pest Management Association website, “Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.” How does a homeowner know if they have subterranean termites? The first hint that Subterranean termites are present is the presence of mudtubes. Mudtubes are dirt mixed with termite droppings. They are used for shelter when the termites travel from wood (their food source) into the ground (where they live) and back to the wood again

Subterranean termites are attracted to moisture. Plumbing leaks, broken sprinklers in the ground, and cracked slabs are danger zones. A crack measuring only 1/16 of an inch is enough space for a termite to enter. Subterranean termites can live in depths of up to eight feet in the ground, and can exist 150-200 feet away from where they are first seen. If just one subterranean termite is seen, then the whole house will need to be treated. Subterranean termites have very large colonies, sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands. They can be killed by injecting product into the ground, drilling into the foundation and trenching the soil.

Drywood Termites Inhabit Firewood, Dampwood Termites are Attracted to Moisture

A homeowner can tell if they have Drywood termites because they will see flying swarms of black bugs. These bugs are in fact termites if they have two segments, four wings of equal length, and bent antennae. Oftentimes, wood pellets or eaten wood will also be visible.

Drywood termite colonies can number in the thousands, so fumigation is the best way to get rid of these pests. Additionally, the National Pest Management Association advises homeowners to make sure that firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. This precaution should be taken because Drywood termites present in the firewood could jump from the wood to the house.

Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of the low moisture content of wood in structures. However, since these termites are attracted to moisture, plumbing leaks, broken sprinklers in the ground, and cracked slabs can attract these nuisance bugs. Dampwood termites can be eliminated with the removal of moisture like constant drips or rain leaks.

Formosan Termites are the Most Aggressive
Formosan termites are also attracted to moisture. Like Dampwood termites, plumbing leaks, broken sprinklers in the ground, and cracked slabs are attractive to Formosan termites. This type of termite is found in the ground, but also makes their nest in the wall. In order to get rid of these termites, the homeowner must hire a company to fumigate and treat the ground.

What is the First Step to Take for Termite Infestation?
Call (626) 284-4685 and Royal Termite will provide an inspection and estimate to take care of your termite problems. The inspection cost will be applied towards treatment services provided by Royal Termite.

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