If you suspect you have a termite infestation, contact A&D Professional Pest Elimination to schedule an inspection right away!
Habit: Termites live in colonies underground, building tunnels in search of food, and are able to reach food above the ground level by building mud tubes. They travel through mud tubes since they are dependent on moisture for survival.
• Subterranean termites prefer softwoods, but may invade most species of wood.
• Dampwood termites generally stay close to the ground, but will choose moist, decaying wood anywhere it is found.
• Drywood termites are often found in attics and require little moisture in the wood they eat.
Reproduction: Some queens live as long as 20 years and lay millions of eggs during their lifetimes.
Some indications you may have a termite infestation are:
• A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
• Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
• Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces.
• Discarded wings from swarmers.
Termites date back more than 120 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. They are known as "silent destroyers" because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage - costs that aren't covered by homeowners' insurance policies. This is why being vigilant about termite control and termite extermination is so important.
• Subterranean termites cause 95% of all termite damage in the North America.
• Colonies can contain up to 1 million members.