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2017 Termite Control Service Cost | Termite Treatment Cost

Posted: November 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Termites are light-colored, ant-like insects that feed on paper, cardboard and wood. Because these materials are readily available in many homes, termites cause major damage across the country. Learning more about termites helps homeowners determine if an inspection is in order. This guide provides information about signs of termite infestation, treatment options, termite prevention and costs for inspection and termite extermination.

If you needtermite inspection or treatment services, ImproveNet can connect you with local pros for free.

To get the best termite treatment services available, a home inspection is necessary. The cost for an inspection depends on the size and location of the area that requires treatment. Some professionals conduct termite inspections for free, while other professionals may charge up to $350 for the service. After the inspection is complete, professionals provide you with a written estimate for the recommended termite treatment. Items addressed on a written estimate should include:

The cost of termite treatment depends on a number of factors. These include the degree of infestation, the location of the treatment area, the knowledge and skills of the hired professional and the termite treatment method used. The table below specifies averages costs for various treatment methods for a home measuring 2,500sf.

Type of Termite Treatment

Average Cost for 2,500sf

Chemical termite extermination

$1,800 to $3,100

Termite baiting

Approximately $3,000

Termite fumigation/tenting

Approximately $1,250

DIY termite control during home construction

Approximately $750

DIY chemical termite extermination

Approximately $250

DIY termite baiting

Approximately $200

When determining the type of treatment used, professionals also look at the type of termite present in or around the home.

Two types of termites that invade homes include drywood termites and subterranean termites. Drywood termites thrive only in dry wood, and they destroy it by creating large chambers connected by small tunnels. Drywood termites are found mostly in southern and coastal areas, particularly California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana.

Subterranean termites are found in moist environments like basements, cellars or soil. They thrive in earth or in decayed wood, and they create a grid of tubes and tunnels visible on exposed surfaces. While they are found throughout the U.S., subterranean termites are less common in colder states. Typically, this type of termite causes more extensive damage to homes.

Termite populations have different jobs, including workers, soldiers and reproductive termites. Measuring roughly 1/8 long, workers are light in color and have no wings. Soldiers look similar to workers, but they have large brown heads with jaws used for defense. Reproductive termites are dark in color with large wings. While drywood reproductive termites tend to swarm at night, subterranean reproductive termites swarm during the daytime.

Finding winged termites indoors almost always points to a termite problem. This often happens in the spring when warmer temperatures and more frequent rainfall trigger termites to swarm in an attempt to procreate. After the swarming period, winged termites fall to the ground, shed their wings and find mates to start new colonies. While swarming termites rarely survive, they do indicate a termite presence in or around a home. The existence of termites also manifests in many other ways. Additional signs of termite infestation include:

Certain types of termites need only 1/32 of an inch (a space narrower than a sheet of paper) to enter a home or other type of building. Local professionals typically offer a number of different options for termite extermination, including termite tenting and chemical treatments. Each type offers various advantages and disadvantages.

Termite tenting involves covering the home in a sealed nylon tent for a period of about 48 hours and injecting a poisonous sulfuryl fluoride gas. Fans are installed throughout the home to circulate the gas and kill the termites. By sealing the home, the insects are unable to escape, which ensures complete elimination. This type of treatment is only effective for drywood termites, and it does not necessarily prevent the re- infestation of termites in the future.

Chemical treatments are a popular method for termite treatments. They are applied to various areas along the foundation, on siding or sheetrock and in the surrounding soil. Chemical treatments come in two types.

Repellants are used in the soil around the home and at entry points inside the home. They are intended to produce a barrier that deters these pests from entry and kills them if they pass through. Problems with repellants include difficulty in locating all termite entry points and an inability to affect termites that have already infested the home.

Non-repellants are chemical treatments that do not deter termites, so when they burrow into treated areas, many more are eradicated. In addition, the chemicals can pass from termite to termite, which provides a very effective method of extermination.

Injecting boric acid into untreated wood or infested wood is an effective method of termite prevention or treatment. One advantage to this method is that, with proper use, it is safe for people, animals and plants. Therefore, it works effectively inside or outside a home. The variety of boric acid treatments includes gels, foams, soaps, sprays and powders. These types of treatments are available through professional and for DIY use.

If you wish to attempt DIY termite extermination, you have a couple of safe options in addition to boric acid products. These include termite motels (or stations), cardboard bating and beneficial nematodes.

Many homeowners prefer methods that do not fill their homes with poisonous chemicals. Termite baiting makes a good DIY option. Installed above or below ground, termite motels are small containers that contain cardboard or paper and a slow-acting poison. When the termite shares the food from the station, it also shares the lethal substance with the other termites in the colony. Baits are an effective means of termite treatment, but it can be difficult to know where to install them below ground.

When it comes to termite control cost, cardboard baiting makes a very inexpensive option. To use them, you merely soak cardboard in water and leave it around the perimeter of your home. When the cardboard becomes infested with termites, you can toss it into a flaming fire pit or burn pile. Although simple to do and easy on the bank account, its hard to estimate the efficiency of this method, and it may take some time to eliminate the entire pest population.

Another inexpensive and natural option for DIY termite control is the introduction of beneficial nematodes. These are very small worms that burrow into termites and kill them within 48 hours of contact. Because they are not harmful to plants, pets or people, you can spray nematodes into your yard or along the floorboards of your home. Nematodes are available from garden supply stores or hardware stores, and you can store them in the refrigerator when not in use. Due to destruction by UV light, you should only apply them early in the morning or after sunset.

Natural oils make a safe termite deterrent for homes with children or animals when applied to surfaces like floorboards and baseboards. Effective oils include orange oil, neem oil, vetiver oil and clove bud oil. Vetiver oil keeps termites away, while orange oil, neem oil and clove bud oil work well for killing termites, particularly those of the drywood variety.

Orange oil products are commonly available at home improvement stores in the form of liquids and sprays. Orange oil termite treatment cost runs between $8 and $35 depending on the type, brand and quantity of the product. People with pets should not use clove bud oil, as it can cause liver and kidney toxicity through contact with an animal’s skin.

Termite prevention or treatment helps ensure the structural integrity and safety of a home. An inspection helps confirm the presence of termites if you suspect you may have a problem. ImproveNet can help you locate experienced termite treatment professionals in your area.

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Posted: November 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm

The exotic conehead termite, Nasutitermes corniger, has been found in Broward County, Florida. This is the only known occurrence of conehead termites in the United States. It is assumed that conehead termites entered the state in wooden packing material from a boat that had traveled through the termites native range, the Caribbean and Central and South America, and docked at a marina in Dania Beach.

Coneheads can wreak havoc on structures and landscapes, causing extensive damage. They eagerly consume dead wood from live or dead trees, shrubs, grasses, roots, wood in structures and furniture, and cardboard and other paper products.

Unlike all other termites in South Florida, the soldier form of this termite species has a cone-shaped, dark brown head from which it secretes a pine sap-like chemical to ward off predators, including ants, lizards, and termites from another colony. Soldiers are difficult to identify with the naked eye due to their size, but the above-ground tunnels they construct (see below) are easily seen and may signify the presence of this species.

Conehead termite workers and soldiers(Photo: B.L. Thorne)

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is working diligently to prevent this invasive termite from becoming permanently established and spreading further throughout the state. FDACS asks Floridians to be on the lookout for these invasive pests and to report any suspected sightings.

To report a conehead termite infestation, call 1-888-397-1517, email or use the form below.

Coneheads travel to their feeding sites in narrow (usually 1/2 inch wide or less) brown tunnels, or termite highways, on the sides of trees, houses, fences or other surfaces.

Tunnel on a sea grape tree(Photo: B.L. Thorne)

Tunnel on a house wall(Photo: B.L. Thorne)

In spring, winged termites, called alates or swarmers, leave their nests and fly to a new location to start another colony. This is how the termite infestation spreads. Dark wings distinguish conehead swarmers from other local termite species.

Conehead swarmers (alates)(Photo: B.L. Thorne)

These termites build large, dark brown nests with a hard, bumpy surface. Nests can be on, in or by trees or structures, on open ground, or hidden within vegetation.

Nest at the base of an oak tree

Nest in a sabal palm tree

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What are Eastern Subterranean Termites?

Eastern subterranean termites are small, foraging insects that live in large social colonies. They feed on the cellulose debris found in leaf litter, wood, soil and dung. It is thought that there are around 4,000 species of termites with around 10% of these considered as pests because of the serious damage they can cause to timber and timber framed buildings. Eastern subterranean termites live in colonies underground and are among the most prevalent termite species found on the eastern portion of the country. They are considered a wood damaging pest and will account for over 5 billion dollars in damage repairs to US homes this year.

Termites live in the soil around your home in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland and Virginia. They spend most of their time foraging for the cellulose material found in dead plant material, fallen timber, and other wood debris. It is not uncommon to unearth termites in the mulch surrounding your home or in a nearby wood pile. When soil conditions are optimal for termite activity, colonies can develop within close proximity to the foundation of your home. When subterranean termites forage for food they often enter homes through tiny cracks in the foundation, many of which are below the soil surface. Once inside, they continue exploratory foraging until wood is located. This food source can be any structural timber behind walls and ceilings where the termites are difficult to detect. In many instances a termite problem will lie undetected for months, or even years.

Eastern subterranean termites are not harmful to humans. However, their ability enter homes in search of a food source can cause massive amounts of damage to buildings and structures if left untreated. With the potential to create weaknesses and even failure in structural members, the impact of termites should not be underestimated.

Getting rid of termites is not such an easy task. Due to the size and location of these sub-soil colonies, termites can forage beneath the surface of the soil for upwards of 300 feet from a viable food source. In urban environments is not uncommon for a termite colony to be living in the soil on a nearby property and continue to forage for food inside your home. Once a source of food is established, termite workers will continue to follow a series of tunnels and passageways beneath the surface of the soil by way of a pheromone trail. American Pests team of highly trained pest control professionals will inspect for active termite infestations inside homes and propose the best termite treatment option that is right for your individual set of circumstances.

A number of unique factors impact the success of any termite control program. Factors such as drainage, foundation type, structural facade and the location of the termite activity must be taken into account. Do-it-yourself termite control solutions are typically aimed at getting rid of termites in a small, targeted area, and will not take into account for any unique circumstances surrounding your home. Additionally, many of these over the counter products are not sufficient in controlling colony growth. The most effective termite control solution is dependent upon careful inspection and observation, as well as a proposed treatment that will successfully eradicate the entire colony, stopping termite foraging at its source. Not sure which termite control is right for you? Let the professionals at American Pest consult with you regarding the options that will best suit your home. Contact us today for a free quote.

At American Pest, we pride ourselves in serving you in the shortest time possible to provide a swift resolution for all your pest problems. For that reason we strive to be with you the same or very next day.

There are many eco-friendly options available for termite control. In addition, all products used by American Pest are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.

Although it is nearly impossible to prevent termites from entering your home or business, there are a number of conducive conditions to be aware of.

Termites forage just below the surface of the soil – keep wood debris from touching the ground and maintain piles of wood or other wooden structures 10-15 feet from the home.

Termites will be attracted to moisture held in decaying mulch – rake and remove mulch annually and replace with new. Do not allow mulch to build up year after year.

Termites are attracted to almost any type of wood, even pressure treated, as it will eventually begin to deteriorate beneath the ground – maintain wood to soil contact as far from the home as possible. This relates to fence posts, wooden sheds, decks, and play sets.

Sprinkler systems that create moist soil will attract termites – added risk for termite colonies.

Tree stumps – when trees or shrubs are removed, remove their root systems as well. Leaving roots and stumps to decay will provide an adequate food source for termites.

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If termites re-infest an area that we have previously exterminated, we will re-treat that area, free of charge, for up to four years from the date of our original termite control treatment. Any ancillary expenses will be covered by the homeowner.Termite Control Guarantee is not transferable to a new home owner.

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Keeping the termites out of your home

Termite fumigation takes approximately 3 days while a tent is placed over your home. A tarpaulin (tent) is placed over your home and sealed off, along with all other attached structures. Once sealed off, a fumigant is released inside, killing all the termites. This whole house solution will exterminate 100% of the termite colonies in your home. This is done easily when homes are empty like when moving to a new home.

Before we perform this service, there are steps you as a homeowner must take in preparation. Our termite inspection team will let you know what those steps are and provide you with aCHECKLIST.

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Termites – All About Termites –

Posted: November 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm

All about the Different Types of Termites, Termite Life Cycle, Identification, Facts & Other Information

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The termite belongs to the order of the roaches called Blattodea. It has been known for decades that termites are closely related to cockroaches, predominately the wood eating species of roach. Until recently, the termites were the order Isoptera, which is now the suborder. This new taxonomical shift is supported by data and research to confirm the new comparison that termites are actually social cockroaches. This suborder of Isoptera has over 2,600 species worldwide, and 50 species that call North America their home. The heaviest populated areas are located in the tropic and sub tropic regions.

The origin of the name Isoptera is Greek and means two pairs of straight wings. The termite has been called the white ant over the years and commonly confused with the true ant. It wasnt until modern times and the use of microscopes they were able to observe distinguishing features between the two orders. The features were the straight termite antennae, the four equally sized wings, the broad waist of the thorax, and broad abdomen.

The earliest termite fossil known in existence dates back to over 130 million years ago.

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Termite Infestation Probability Map

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The map above outlines the probability of a termite infestation occurring based on climate factors and habitat needs of termites.

The termite species spans the entire world. Habitats are the heaviest in the tropic regions, subtropics, and warmer climate regions. Termites thrive in the warm moist lowlands and along coasts. Some species of North America have adapted to colder temperatures allowing them to infest homes and other wood sources farther north.

Continental Diversity:

Where do termites come from? The termite order branches from an ancient wood cockroach-like insect about 100 million years ago. The advances in molecular data gives the proper evidence to confirm the origin of the termites. Termites as a majority are known to inhabit the tropical regions around the world. Few of the species are able to branch out into the northern territories. With the characteristics of being social insects, termites mimic other social insects like bees, ants, and wasps. Termites, though, are different in the simple reason that any cast can be male or female, but in other social insects all workers and soldiers are female! Throughout history, the termites, also called white ants or wood bugs, have destroyed structures and invaded homes over countless centuries. They continue to cause billions of dollars in damage every year all over the world. Termites today that spend their lives within the food source are the most primitive of termite species. The next more moderately adapted termites live in the soil and forage for wood. African termites are some of the most advanced termites in the world that farm funguses and grasses. These termites live in the soil all of their lives and construct mounds that are in the record books. They also rank amongst the largest in the world. The movement to understand these insects has led to many discoveries and ideas. Leading researchers and engineers are copying the structure and venting mechanics of African termite mounds. There are also experimental trials being conducted using termites to create biofuels. The termites are truly novel insects that are ranked amongst the most successful insect pests.

Order Blattodea (Termites)

Infraorder Isoptera

Over hundreds of years have been spent on just understanding termite types and the way they live. The world of termites has been mapped out extensively to discover over 2,800 members throughout the world today. The niche of these social cockroaches success is the division of labor and going undetected by most predators.

The dampwood termites of the family Termopsidae are among the largest termites in the world. They come in at a whopping 25mm in length. There are around 20 species in the world, spread amongst the Americas, Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. They live in the forests and nest in the wet, rotting, and rotten woods on the forest floor. The queens of this species have a longer egg production than the other families, around 30 or less a day. The colony sizes are around a moderate 10,000 members on average. Due the extreme nutritional investment of having larger individuals, the eggs produced had to decrease exponentially.

The Rhinotermitidae is better known as the subterranean termite family. The family is known best for its typical requirement of the nest they create to maintain contact with the soil. There are some exceptions in some genera. The soldiers of this family are known for having a flattened region behind the head called the pronotum, and for producing a defensive fluid. Both the worker and soldiers of this family are quite small, less than 5mm in size. The workers and soldiers both share the pale white color. The average queen in this family produces 100 termite eggs a day. This family is found on every continent except for the Polar Regions and nearby lands. There are more than 300 species worldwide.

Eastern Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes flavipes)

Formosan Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes formosanus)

The nasutiform termite family is not known for destroying any homes. This family is actually a beneficial species to the desert ecosystem. The family contains the builders of great mounds some recorded as high as eight meters. The species range is grouped around the tropical climates in Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Few species of this family are in the deserts of North America. There are over 1,800 species from this family that call Africa their home. This species is known to be one of the most prolific animals in the animal kingdom, generating over 10 million eggs a year per queen.

Tube-building Termite (Gnathamitermes perplexus)

Family Mastotermitidae:

This family is the primitive species found only in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is said to be the most primitive of all the termite species. The fossils found of this species date back to the tertiary era. The hind wings are very similar to those of the cockroach. The females of the Mastotermes genius actually lay egg cases that have up to 24 eggs arranged in two regular rows. The primary queen of these colonies has never been found. There are many secondary reproductives that raise the populations in the millions. The soldiers have powerful mandibles and excrete a toxic brown substance to repel intruders.

Family Kalotermitidae:

This is the dry-wood termite family. The name dry-wood comes from the familys need to feed on wood above the ground, unlike most termites who most come into contact with the wood through the soil. However, this species has habits to feed and dwell in damp wood and rotten wood. There are over 400 species of dry-wood termites worldwide. This family is also found commonly in almost all continents with the exception of Antarctica.

Family Hodotermidiae:

The Hodotermidiae family is known as the grass-harvesting termites. This family currently has 15 species that closely resemble the dampwood termite species. The grass-harvesting termites are fairly large, at around 15mm in size. This species occurs most commonly in the savannas of India, the Middle East, and Africa. This species is best compared to the dampwood termites.

Family Serritermitidae:

The Serritermitidae family is very similar to the family Rhinotermitidae which are the subterranean termites. They prefer to create nests with contact to the soil. There is a single species in the world. This species only occurs in South America. The soldiers have unique mandibles that have serrated teeth-like projections on the inside.

Ants vsTermites

Roaches vs Termites

The changes in recent research suggest the comparison of ants and termites is all wrong. The current scientific termite report states that the termites may look similar to ants, but they are actually decedents of a common ancestor of cockroaches. Ants derive from the bee and wasp lineage. Who would have thought that termites are actually social cockroaches that split off from the roach order 130,000 or more years ago! It has been concluded that the termites and cockroaches you see today have evolved from a common cockroach mantis like ancestor. This ancestor eventually gave rise to the mantis, cockroach, and termite insects. This evolutionary process occurred over 300,000 years ago. This was already written at the beginning of this article, does not need to be repeated.This sentence was left in, when it was meant to highlight the fact that this entire paragraph was already written earlier in this content. DO NOT LEAVE THIS SENTENCE IN COPY


The image above shows the lineage origins of cockroaches, mantis, and termites before the new revision.


This image above shows the timeline of the shifts in the organization of the Dictyoptera superfamily which includes the mantis, cockroach, and termites. This chart shows that the three major orders derived from a common cockroach like ancestor.

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The image above shows the current lineage organization of the termite families, cockroaches families, and mantis order.

King and queen termites swarm in the summers in large groups of thousands in search of a mate. The two mates have a mild courtship dance, and then begin to start their own colony. The male or king shares the labor with the queen as she is fertilized and ready to begin having baby termites. The first year of laying eggs the queen can have anywhere from a hundred to thousands of eggs a day. The two care for the first few generations until there are enough young or workers to help the two. When hatched into larvae, the young termites can become workers or soldiers depending on the pheromones and temperatures the eggs are exposed to. The workers are the sole providers in the colonys division of labor and it relies on them to care for all of the feeding, maintains order of the young and developing babies, and foraging. The workers and soldiers can be male or female; it doesnt matter because both are sterile. The population of the colony will continue adding massive numbers for about five years, then the queen will have her first reproductive alates, or young kings and queens. They will mature and prepare to swarm and leave to start another colony in the summer. The cycle continues over and over.

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The development of a termite is called an incomplete metamorphosis. This is scientifically known as hemimetabolus life cycles. The termites life cycle can result in three different types of termite or caste types. The three types consist of reproductive, workers, and soldiers. The life cycle contains an egg, young termite larvae or termite nymph, older nymph, worker, soldier, pseudergate, drone, and queen. This is a typical social insect system allowing for proper labor division. Once a termite egg amongst countless thousands of others hatches, it is then called termite larva or larvae. The larva can become one of the three castes: worker, soldier, or a secondary or supplementary reproductive termite. This happens based on social, environmental, and termite pheromone cues. The larva then molts until it reaches maturity, which usually takes three molts. The larva can become a worker or soldier and its life cycle is over until it dies. The larva also could become a reproductive alate or secondary reproductive, where it goes on to reproduce and become a king or queen termite for another colony. The queen has the longest life, spanning on average from 25 years. The other types of termites life span vary from 12 to 24 months.

Members of the Colony or Termite colonies:

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Termite Morphology

Termites are classified in the suborder or infraorder Isoptera, more commonly known as the pale white ant. This suborder has four North American families and seven total families worldwide. The four families of North America contain 44 known genera, and of total seven genera make up 2,300 species. Termites are known for creating massive colonies making them one of the top economic pests. Within each colony there are three distinct types of termite or ways to classify each member. The colony is made up of both immature and reproductive adult termites. The immature termites make up the bulk of the colony. The adults in each colony are known as the king and queen. The last type is the fully developed winged adults. The adults are the darkest and most developed in the colony bear wings until they find a mate. Once the king and queen find each other, they then form a new colony by mating. Then the two mates shrug off their wings and care for the first batch. Once the queen is fertilized she begins producing eggs around the clock. The smallest immature type is the worker it has a pale transparent white color and has small or absent eyes. The next is the soldier easily distinguished by having massive mandibles and a slightly darker pigment than the worker. The soldier uses its large chewing mouthparts defend of the colony. The termite species are hemimetabolus which means that they lack a complete metamorphosis.

Termites, like most insects in the world, prefer moist warm conditions in which they can thrive. Termites become most active during the spring and summer months. Termite season can occur year around. During these months, locating termites can be as easy as finding a fallen tree. The warmth allows even the smallest population of termites to thrive. The key to their population growth is food, water, and warmth. The warm plays a key factor in the incubation of the baby termites as well. The fall and winter months are possibly the most frequent times to find them near or in homes. Termites hide in the walls of our homes to feed and stay warm. Termites can be found in the home for these reasons. The warmth produced by the home itself makes for a perfect shelter to inhabit with moisture and food. Termites in winter are not thriving this time of year so finding termites in the wild becomes harder as most populations go deep in the ground or die.

Are termites blind?

Out of the three casts in a termite nest there is only one that has fully developed eyes, which are the adult reproductive termites, or the king and queen termites. The ground termites or worker and soldier termites are all blind or have poorly developed eyes. They forage much like ants for wood daily. They trail and located wood with the use of pheromones and sensory organs.

Why do termites eat wood?

The termite has modified over time to digest the wood cellulose and thrive off its energy.

How do termites eat wood?

The adult workers feed the whole colony, by regurgitating food or wood decomposed in its gut. The workers feed soldiers, termite larvae, termite babies, kings, and queens. The wood is decomposed in its gut by flagellate protozoa within the fauna of the gut that digests the wood to a source of sharable nourishment. This termite symbiosis has allowed them to thrive over countless millennia.

Do Termites bite?

Termites do not bite humans. It may look like termites are capable of biting. The only one that may bite or light pinch the skin is a soldier termite. Termite bite never occurs on purpose they have poor vision and wouldnt grab you unless you pressed your finger on them or made them bite you. The soldier class of termite has massive mandibles to protect and defend the colony. This feature is mainly to prevent intruding ants or other small insects from entering into the colony. The termite itself solely feeds on wood and is slow moving. They do not feed on anything else.Termites are herbivores which mean to eat plant matter or hylophagous which means to eat wood

Do termites fly?

Many wonder how termites travel. Can termites fly? Do termites have wings? Do termites jump? Well yes, termites fly! But they dont jump their legs are not specialized for jumping. They have two sets of wings the same size. But not all termites in the colony have the capabilities to fly. The only class or caste that flies is the reproductive adults. The reproductive adults can be seen both in the colony and in termite swarms during reproductive events. The termite swarmers are only kings and queens.

How big are termites?

What is the difference in the termite sizes? The kinds of termites vary in niches across the world along with their habitats and sizes. The size of termites also varies in amongst the species, climate regions, country, and population size. In North America there are four popular species such as the dampwood, subterranean, Formosan, and tube-building termites.

What does termite damage look like?

Termite signs must be checked for frequently and often. Termites bore and live in the wood or near a wood source. They can construct elaborate galleries in the home or wherever they nest. The signs can be wood pellets in the floor or near base boards or doorways. The evidence of termites is sometimes a mud tube(s) or mud mounds on or around the source of wood like posts, support beams, or exposed wood in crawl spaces. If the damage persists there can be signs of the wood thinning and holes on the surface of the wood. There can even be termites in the garden where theyre known to feed on any available plant and organic matter. The termite diet revolves around cellulose, which is in every plant or tree.

What do termite droppings look like?

The most common misconception is that every hole in wood, kick out, and sawdust debris is from a termite. This is incorrect. The termites actually ingest the wood, so the sign of termites in the wood are wood colored or darker brown pellets of excrement. The ants or carpenter ant species just moves the wood out, squeezes its moisture out, and burrows into the structure to create a colony. The debris of ants looks just like sawdust

What attracts termites?

Just like all insects, termites behave on the basis of the four simple needs. Termites need shelter, food, water, and warmth to thrive. The primary source of food for the termite is wood, so any form or structure with wood is at risk. Do termites really EAT wood? Yes! The wood that termites feed on gives them cellulose nourishment. Cellulose is a plant fiber found in wood and lumber, and anything made with it. The shelter can consist of anything from a fallen tree or firewood to a household. The season heavily determines on where the termites will harbor and move towards. Homes make for great warm shelters in the colder months.

What do termites do?

Do termites carry disease?

Termites do not transmit diseases to humans. The only disease or result of termites presence is for mold and fungus to allow them to further kill the tree or weaken the wood.

What is the average termite lifespan?

The termites life cycle and length varies amongst species and cast. The lifespan for an average worker and soldier is 10-14 months. The reproductive adults typically live anywhere from 1 year to 4 years or more. The reproductive females, or queens, live the longest at around 25 or more years.

Where do termites live?

Termites are drawn to their food source and that makes them drawn to any type of wood. So you will find termites in homes, logs, fallen timber, firewood, and other wooden made structures and products. Termites in trees will actually destroy and kill trees. Termites are often drawn to mulch, and the termites in mulch then move into the home.

What color are termites?

Termites are dark brown, black, pale white and pale yellow in color. The workers are the most numerous and all white. The soldiers are yellowish white color. The kings and queens have wings and are the dark brown or black colored termites.

Do termites make noise?

Can you hear termites? If the termite population large enough you may be able to hear the colony at work marching through the walls, boards, trees or fire wood. The best way to hear the termites is to expose the termite tunnels.

How do termites look?

The termites do not look or see. The termites actually feel and smell their way around. The sensory and chemical pheromone receptors organize the colony. Only the mature fully developed kings and queens can see.

What eats termites?

What are termite predators or natural predators? Termites are preyed upon for their great source of protein. There are a host of amphibians and reptiles that feed on the cockroach species. Small reptiles like geckos, lizards, iguanas, and young snakes, as well as amphibians like frogs and toads. There are also a host of insects and arachnids, along with beetles, wasps, and most spiders that take roaches as a meal. The roaches are also attacked by funguses that spread through roaches contact with one another.

How do you get termites?

Termite colonies reach massive sizes with every year and at five years old the colony begins producing reproductive adult king and queens. The constant need to feed these constant growing colonies requires food. The harvests of any and all wood types are on the menu of worker termites. You are always at risk for termites unless you create termite walls of protection or line the soil with control products.

When do termites swarm?

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What "Wood" a Termite Prefer To Eat?

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Every year, termites cause about $40 billion in damage globally and destroy parts of more than 600,000 homes in the United States alone.

The amount of wood a single colony destroys principally depends on the type of termite, the type and condition of wood, and what has been done to treat the wood.

But todays growing concerns about the environmental impact of preservative chemicals, such as chromated copper arsenate, used to treat wood against insects got Agricultural Research Service entomologists Mary L. Cornelius and Weste L. Osbrink looking for a better way to build structures with resistance to termites.

Cornelius is now with the Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, and Osbrink is with the Tick and Biting Fly Research Unit in Kerrville, Texas. Both were with the ARS Formosan termite research project in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the time the research was done.

The researchers already knew that the heartwood of some trees contains allelochemicals, which can act as repellents and toxicants to insects, including termites. The question was whether or not boards of lumber contain enough of these chemicals to have a real impact against termites.

So we tested Formosan termites on a diet of commercial lumber from 10 different species of woodredwood, birch, spruce, southern yellow pine, red oak, Brazilian jatoba, Peruvian walnut, Honduran mahogany, teak, and Alaskan yellow cedarto see how well the termites would do, says Cornelius.

When termites were given no choice but to consume just one variety of wood for 6 weeks, six of the woodsredwood, Brazilian jatoba, Peruvian walnut, Honduran mahogany, Alaska yellow cedar, and teakshowed some level of natural resistance and caused an average of better than 75 percent termite mortality. Termites found southern yellow pine and spruce the most palatable and teak the least palatable.

Termites had significantly lower survival on a diet of teak compared to a group not fed at allcalled a starvation control. This indicated that there is something in teak that actively kills the termites.

The study also provided the first evidence that termites will eat, damage, and survive to some extent on Peruvian walnut. Average termite survival on Peruvian walnut was only 16.4 percent after the 6-week diet, but the amount of Peruvian walnut destroyed was similar to the amount of birch and red oak damaged, both of which are termite-susceptible woods. So Peruvian walnut caused high mortality, but also sustained a high rate of feeding damage; in the rest of the woods, low termite survivability went hand in hand with low consumption rates.

Our ranking could be a guideline when it comes to a choice of lumber in major termite-ridden areas, Cornelius adds. If the specific compounds in the resistant woods are identified, these chemicals could eventually offer the possibility of a natural treatment for wood to protect against termites.By J. Kim Kaplan, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.

What “Wood” a Termite Prefer To Eat? was published in the November 2015issue of AgResearch Magazine.

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Termite Inspection | Truly Nolen

Posted: November 24, 2017 at 7:50 am

The inspector will begin at the front door, thoroughly checking every room for evidence of infestation and/or decay damage. The inspector will check doorframes, gently probing suspicious areas with a special sounding tool that checks to see if wood has become hollow. He will then check wall surfaces, ceilings, floors, baseboards and wood trim for slightly raised areas in paint or under wallpaper. Any raised point many indicate termite activity. He or she will also check for exit holes and dropped wings on door frames and window sills. The inspector will then examine cracks in cabinets as well as interior door and window frames. If there is linoleum flooring in the home, soft spots can indicate wood damage, which can be caused by termites.

In order to inspect the structure, the inspector uses a special sounding tool to detect hollowed-out areas in wooden surfaces. When tapping the wood of the structure, the inspector will be able to hear a different sound if the wood is damaged.

In addition to the interior and the exterior of your structure, the inspector will check the attic of the home for damage. He will examine the roof rafters that support the roof sheathing, which is the roofing surface visible from inside the attic, ridge pole which is the top wood member to which the rafters are attached, joists to which the ceiling is attached, and top plates of all interior partitions to which all wall studs are attached. Additionally, the inspector will check the crawl space under your home and determine if there is damage to wood beams, floor joists, foundation walls and piers, pipes and fireplace foundation. The inspector will be looking at any wood structure or any wood debris found outside your home.

Any termite damage in the perimeter of the structure, expansion joints, cracks in slab or plumbing penetration in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms are considered critical and should be taken care of as quickly as possible in order to maintain the safety and functionality of your home or business.

After inspecting the interior of a home, the inspector will move to the exterior. The inspector will begin by walking the perimeter of the structure as close to the foundation as possible. He will look for wood-to-earth points of contact, such as siding and veneer. He will examine wooden structures, such as fences or stored lumber, look for mud tubes running up the exterior of the foundation wall, observe drainage patterns, examine wooden structures such as siding, windows and frames, and check the eaves of your house especially where the gutters and downspouts are attached.

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Posted: November 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

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Termite Control – Arrow Exterminators

Posted: November 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Prevent & Control Termites with Arrow Exterminators

Each year, termites invade millions of homes, causing billions of dollars in damage thats rarely covered by homeowners insurance. While theyre found in every state except Alaska, they are a significant threat in the South. Its not a matter of if your home will encounter termites but when, making termite control a necessity. A thorough inspection and home evaluation by a licensed termite professional is the first step in protecting your investment from these voracious pests.

Offering unsurpassed termite bonds since 1964, Arrow Exterminators goes Beyond the Call to protect your family’s health and property while caring for our environment. Today, Arrow Exterminators is proud to offer state of the art termite pest control solutions through our STEPS Total Protection System. STEPS utilizes our expertise in Integrated Pest Management for termite control and extermination combined with the most advanced technology available to provide industry-leading termite protection.

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Termite Threats

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year. That is more than fires and storms combined! These insatiable pests primarily feed on wood, but will consume practically any wood-based product including books, furniture and even the insulation in your walls.

Termite Inspection: As Careful As It Is Thorough

At Arrow, the first step in our process is a complete evaluation of your entire home both inside and out. We never forget that you have welcomed us into your home and will always treat your home with care and respect.

The inspection begins with you sharing any signs you have noticed. Our highly trained and licensed professionals will then search for entry points, signs pest activity and any other areas of concern like high levels of moisture. Once complete, your Arrow professional will review all findings with you and recommend a custom solution to meet your specific needs.

Pencil-sized diameter or larger mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your structure.

Thin, small, papery wings, all the same size and shape (3/8-1/2 inch long), found on your window sills, counter tops or floors (especially in the late spring and after a recent rain).

Thin, “bubbled” or distorted areas of paint or wood surfaces which feel cool to the touch.

Any wooden building parts (especially if they are support structures) begin to “sag” unexpectedly.

If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs, a termite exterminator can help. Termite control and prevention is the key to protecting your property. Working with Arrow Exterminators, you will receive unsurpassed termite protection using the most environmentally responsible methods available today.

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All Pro Pest Services professional exterminators offer a wide variety of pre-construction

treatment options. “Why Pre-treat ?”

Termites can go undetected for many years, while causing potentially substantial damage to a struture leading to costly and often avoidable repairs. If you are building a NEW HOME or PLACE OF BUSINESS we are here to help. Got questions ?















You wouldn’t take your car to the transmission

shop to have your brakes fixedright? Many property inspectors offer termite inspection reports. However, it’s not just termites WE are inspecting for. There are many other organisms that attack wood besides termites. We inspect for fungal decay, wood rot, carpenter ants , wood destroying beetles, to name a few;as well as favorable orconducive conditions for termites. All Pro Pest Services has the experience to properly inspect your future home or business.

By choosing to treat both the soil and wood framing of your property, you can rest assured that your home or business will be protected from not only SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES,but WOOD ROT,FUNGAL DECAY, as well as other wood destroying insects such as certain BEETLES and CARPENTER ANTS (treated areas only).

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