A termite colony can contain up to several million termites composed of the colony castes of the queen, king, winged reproductives or "swarmers", soldiers and workers. Worker termites are small, creamy white to light brown insects. They are the most numerous in the colony and the cause of all termite damage. They perform several important duties in the colony. They feed the other castes, forage for food, and build the network of mud tubes the colony uses to forage for food. A property owner seldom sees the worker termites. They usually do their damage without obvious tell-tale signs other than from the moisture they bring with them. This moisture is usually the first indication of termite damage. It causes the paint to peel or the wood to warp. termitevsant Another very obvious tell-tale sign of a termite infestation occurs in the spring, and sometimes the fall, when we may see swarming "winged reproductives". This form of termite can easily be confused with winged ants. They swarm from places like expansion cracks in concrete or joints in wood. They may even come from exit holes created in the wood the colony was consuming as they leave their colony to form new colonies.
A thorough structural inspection by a termite technician is the first and most important step in protecting your property. Training, knowledge, and experience is necessary to target specific areas in your structure where termite attack is likely to occur. Your termite inspection specialist will then create a strategy plan to control any existing infestations and provide protection for the future for your home or business.
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Keep areas around the property less pest friendly by keeping limbs 4-6 feet away from the home or building. Use mulches appropriately but remember they can be food to termites and other Wood Destroying Insects. If you have a traditional termiticide barrier, don't till or plant in the first foot of soil surrounding the structure. This was treated and needs to remain undisturbed. Shrubs should be kept 1-2' from walls to reduce moisture. And, control potential high moisture issues by not allowing sprinkler systems to constantly wet the walls or leaks to go unrepaired. Exclusion and mechanical alterations are a great deterrence for pest and rodents and are first steps in any pest management program at American Termapest.