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How To Get Rid Of Termites and Other Termite FAQ’s

How to prevent termites?

Termites prefer to attack moist wood so eliminating favorable conditions inside and around your home is critical to reducing the chances of a termite infestation.  Correctly drainage and installing gutters around the home is a great first step.  Also making sure there is no wood contact with the ground is essential.  Addressing any moisture issues inside the home is also important.

After correcting issues attracting termites to your home, the installation of a termite bait system or renewal of termite contract may help prevent termites.

What color are termites?

Termites can range in color from white to darker colors such as brown, black, reddish-brown, and tan.  Most termite nymphs are white to off-white and may be translucent.  Formosan termites are yellow to orangish-brown.

Identifying termite species by color can be difficult as their color changes through the life cycle.

Tiny baby termites?

Tiny baby termites, also called termite nymphs, can be a sign of a rapidly growing termite infestation.  Termite nymphs are smaller versions of adult termites and whitish in color.  Baby termites do not damage wood as worker termites do.

If you identify termite damage inside your home or you uncover signs of a active termites in a wall, door frame, or window frame, a termite inspection conducted by a pest company specializing in termite extermination is a good idea.

Cost of tenting for termites?

What is the cost of tenting for termites?  Depending on the size of your home, tenting for termites can cost as much as $7500.  Is tenting for termites the best option?  For some homeowners, especially those with drywood termite infestations, tenting may be the best treatment.

But for other termite infestations, such as subterranean termites, there are other options that may be more cost effective.  These treatments include termite bait systems and traditional termite barrier treatments.

What are worker termites?

Worker termites are the most common type of termite in a termite colony.  White and almost translucent, worker termite lack both eyes and wings.  Worker termites are responsible for tunneling through wood and providing food for their young.

Worker termites make up as much as 90% of termites in a termite colony.

What do termites look like to the human eye?

While termites are small insects, they are easily seen with the human eye.  The color and size of termites depends on both the termite species and the caste of an individual termite.  Worker termites are some of the most common termites you will see and they can appear translucent and similar to maggots.  Termite swarmers are easily identifiable as they have wings.

Adult subterranean termites are usually brown to black in color and lack wings.

When do termites swarm?

Termite swarmers are often the first sign of a potential termite infestation a homeowner can actually see.  Termite swarms are most common during the spring and early summer months.  Swarms typically occur after a recent rain event and on days that are not windy.

Termite swarmers are the reproductives of a termite colony.  Their role is to leave the termite nest and establish a new colony.  While termite swarms may indicate  a possible termite infestation of your home, this is not always the case.

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