Termites are destructive and devouring pests. They can get into your crawl space or foundation and munch away at your floor joists and the exposed wood under your house. They are equal opportunity pests that can cause serious damage. Termites multiply which adds to their ability to inflict costly damage upon a residence. Much of their damage is silent until someone visits the home to service the HVAC, or works on plumbing underneath the house and notices the damage.
Without termite prevention treatments you are exposed and vulnerable to termite damage. Living in the South is a greater risk for these wood eating pests. The humidity and year-round temperatures are ideal for termites.
Termites love dark and damp places. It’s a natural breeding ground with ideal conditions for them. If you are selling, or buying a home you will have to undergo a termite inspection. Mortgage companies will not sign off, or approve a loan without a termite inspection.
Subterranean termites (soil dwelling) consists of winged termites (swarmers), soldiers, workers, queens and kings. A queen can lay up to 30,000 eggs per day. Swarmers are usually seen in the Spring months. Their mission is to start new colonies. Swarmers shed their wings after falling to the ground to mate and colonize.
When swarmers are present in a residence, or near the foundation, porch, or patio it is a pretty good indicator of a possible infestation. Mud tubes are another sign. Termites use the tubes to travel between colonies. These are pencil thick tubes of mud found in basements, crawlspaces and even rafters. Worker termites abandon them to work in other places. The tubes are confirmation of the presence of active termites or from previous activity. A professional termite and pest control technician can determine if termites are active.
Selling, or buying a house is a serious financial commitment. Ruling out termite infestation, damage, or activity is a must before you buy, or sell. Buyers must have a termite inspection to get a loan.
If you are buying a home it’s important to rule out termite, or other wood eating pest infestation, or activity. Make sure you have contracted with a certified termite and pest control company to perform your inspection.
Many companies perform inspections and treat with bait stations. Bait stations invite and attract termites. Other companies employ a termite defense system. Termidor is different than a bait station. Termidor is a liquid style treatment that goes after the center of the infestation. Termidor effectively eliminates termite activity and creates a barrier to prevent future infestation.
In the U.S. the most common termite is the eastern subterranean termite. They can live underground in the soil and they build mud tubes for transportation. Termite colonies can have as many as millions of termites. Colonies can survive for years. Individual termite workers live up to two years, but their colonies can eat up to two pounds of wood per day. Termites are elusive and when they are hidden they can attack a home with years of munching causing severe damage to the foundation and wood in your home. Many times their damage isn’t found or noticed until they have caused serious damage to a home.
At Apex Termite & Pest Control we have three generations of experience in termite and pest control business. We understand termites and offer inspections and lifetime control and treatment bonds for your home. We are in the business of providing peace of mind for homeowners.
Contact us today for more information on termite bonds, treatment and inspections.