A termite infestation is never good news and should be dealt with immediately upon being discovered. Termites cause billions of dollars of damage to homes and business on an annual basis. Nevertheless, termites and termite swarmers are quite interesting. Read on to learn more about these wood-eating menaces:
Termites, a relation to the cockroach, have been on earth for over 200 milion years
They have a varied palate
Some termites will eat just about anything that is made from plants, in addition to wood. Some have even been known to chew on plastic.
They shed their wings
When they set out to create a new colony, reproductive termites grow wings. Once the new colony is established, they shed their wings.
Workers and soldiers are blind
Because they spend their lives in dark, damp locations, the worker and soldier termites have no need for sight.
Termites never sleep and are constantly eating. This is one major reason why they are so destructive.
Even though they never take a break, a colony only eats about a pound or two of wood per day.
They like to tunnel
Rather than eating large chunks of wood at a time, termites prefer to eat in tunnels. This habit can ruin a structure.
Colonies work together
A structure with extensive termite damage has likely been caused by multiple colonies.
A queen termite lays millions of eggs in one lifetime
They’re head bangers
When a threat is detected, termites will bang their heads against walls to send warning vibrations to the rest of the colony.
We at Freedom Pest Control are experts in termite treatments. Please call us today at 877-55-PESTS to schedule your in-home evaluation today! Or, live-chat with one of our customer service representatives for an instant quote!
Spring weather was slow to arrive in New England this year so it’s likely that you’re still working to get your yard in tip-top shape. Before you dive into your spring clean-up and gardening, take a moment to consider how you can also prevent pests from taking up residence in your yard. Keeping your yard pest free will make it a more enjoyable space for you and your family and will also reduce the risk of pests making their way into your home. Here are some precautions you can take today:
Pest Free Yard
- Treat your yard to prevent against ticks and mosquitos. Our sister company, Mosquito Busters, can help guide you towards a method that is safe and effective.
- When considering your landscape design, keep plants and shrubs at least 18 to 24 inches away from the foundation of your house. Also, trim back trees and plants that might be too close to your home.
- Note damage that has been made to your lawn, deck, patio, or outdoor furniture over the winter. Damage may be a sign that pests have been present over the winter months. Our experts can help you to determine if you have an infestation problem.
- Use pressure treated wood when building raised garden beds, outdoor structures, and playground equipment. Pressure treated wood resists rot and decay, two things which attract pests.
- Make sure your mulch and wood chips are no thicker than three inches.
- Pests are drawn to piles of wet and rotting yard waste. Clearing your yard of leaves, twigs, and standing water will eliminate this problem.
- Remove dead trees, dying trees, and tree stumps before ants and termites find them!
- Finally, be sure to clean your gutters out at least twice a year.
Freedom Pest Control can help you determine if you have a pest infestation in your yard and can eliminate those pests. Call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your evaluation today!
We recently shared all you need to know about termite swarmers, including how to distinguish them from ant swarmers and how to identify if you’ve been visited by them. Signs of termite swarmers in your home is an indicator that you may have a termite infestation. Because of the extensive damage that they can do, a termite infestation should be taken very seriously and addressed in a timely manner.
Signs of Termite Activity
Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage to homes and businesses. If you have suspicions of a past or current termite infestation, look for some of these signs of damage in and around your home: small holes in drywall, drooping drywall, crumbling and damaged wood, stuck windows or doors, peeling paint, wood that sounds hollow, and squeaky floorboards.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Termites will often leave behind clues that they have taken up residence in your home. These are some telltale signs:
Mud Tubes: tunnels created termites that allow them to move from the soil and into a structure
Earthen Packing: mud-like earthen packing will sometimes be seen on foundation walls and joints and is produced by termites working inside the wood
Termite Noise: a tapping sound may be heard in areas that are densely infested by termites
Piles of Wings Near a Light Source: these wings are left behind by termite swarmers that are looking to reproduce and create a new colony
The Danger of Termite Damage
Termite damage often goes unnoticed until dangerous damage has been done. Some termites can consume up to fifteen pounds of wood per week and, because termites will feed on anything that has been made from wood, they will often eat items like paper, books, and furniture. Termites cause major structural issues from the inside of the home. This damage can be extremely expensive to repair and, in some cases, can be irreparable.
Freedom Pest Control can help you fight those destructive termites! Call us today at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
Termites, also known as the “silent destroyers”, can go undetected for quite some time and can do a great deal of destruction before they are discovered. In fact, termites cause about five billion dollars of damage to American homes every year. Finding evidence of termite swarmers in your home is a sure indicator that you may have a termite infestation. Termite swarmers will typically appear between late March and mid-April, depending on the weather. But, what exactly is a termite swarmer?
Termite swarmers are adult male and female termites that have wings and can reproduce. As the weather turns from cold to warm, the swarmers will be released from their current colony to venture out and create a new one. An existing colony may release hundreds, or even thousands, of swarmers. Swarmers that find an ideal location for reproducing will become the kings and queens of their new colonies.
Identifying a Termite Swarmer
A termite swarmer is often confused with an ant swarmer. However, there are several differences that help to identify between the two. First, Termite swarmers do not have a segmented body while ant swarmers have a distinct head, thorax, and abdomen. Second, the antennae of a termite swarmer are straight and the antennae of an ant swarmer have a ninety-degree bend. Finally, termite swarmers have four wings that are the same size and ant swarmers have two pair of wings that are different sizes.
What about those Wings?
Once termite swarmers have landed in a location that is suitable for colonizing, they no longer need their wings. The wings will be discarded and sometimes even eaten by the termites themselves.
Signs of Termite Swarmers
When termites swarm, they head towards a light source. Finding a pile of wings near a light source in your home, like in a window sill, is a sure sign that you have an infestation. If you suspect that this is the case, search the outside of your home for mud tubes. A mud tube is a tunnel created by termites that allows them to move from the soil and into a structure where their food source would be.
Freedom Pest Control is here to help! Call us today at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home evaluation!