Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.
There are about 2,000 known termite species in the world. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage. Termites can be identified as social insects because they usually stay together as a “family” through at least two generations. They work as a group to feed the colony, protect their nest and raise the young.
The most common type of termite is the subterranean termite
These termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants. Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas above ground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.
Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swim
Signs Of Termites Infestations
- Swarmers shed their wings that look similar to fish scales. Look for them on windowsills, around light fixtures, or near the doors.
- Termites create mud tunnels to travel underground. If you notice such tunnels on your property or of your neighbors’, a termite colony can be around!
- Wood damage is a clear sign of termite attack. Since termites eat wood from the inside out, the damage is only visible when it is too late.
- Make sure water drains away from your house.
- Don’t let water build up around your home’s foundation. Termites like that!
- Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
- Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.
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