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Termite Frequently Asked Questions

What are termites?

Termites are not ants!... Most people are comfortable that they know what an ant is, but hardly anyone seems sure they know what makes a termite, a termite. Termites are actually a close relative of the cockroach. Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. So, do you see why they love your house? There are many species of termites: dry wood termites, damp wood termites, flying termites and the most destructive...the subterranean termite! Most termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you're not likely to stumble upon them. They build tunnels to wooden structures and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes food for them and they will eat and eat until there is nothing left but a shell.

Do termites cause harm to humans?

Termite colonies have a highly strategic soldiers who are equipped to defend and combat with invading insects, such as ants and members of rival colonies. Although, termite populations cause severe harm to homes, they are not known to bite or harm humans. However, if soldier termites are handled by humans, their instinct is to protect themselves. Homeowners experiencing an infestation should not be concerned about receiving bites from termites. Professional extermination methods should be sought and implemented to protect the structure of your home. There are specific signs of termite infestation and it is dependant on the type of termite that is it.

How do I know if termites have infested my home?

There are warnings signs and ways to identify that you may have a termite infestation:
  • Winged swarming termites present around windows and doors
  • Cracked or bubbling paint (a result of termite droppings)
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces
  • Sagging floors or ceilings
  • Damaged wood (especially near the foundation of your home)

I have termites, what do I do to get rid of them?

Termites cause over 1 billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. However, a typical homeowner's insurance policy does not cover destruction caused by termites. So in order to protect your home you need to take immediate action. Contact a pest control professional and they will assess the most efficient and effective ways to rid your home of the termite colony. A knowledgeable professional will also recommend suggestions to prevent your home from any problems in the future.
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