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What are Eastern Subterranean Termites?
Eastern subterranean termites are a destructive wood-destroying insect commonly found in every part of the country except the northernmost states where cold temperatures keep them from swarming. Subterranean termites are social insects that live underground in large colonies with populations that can number into the millions. Termite colonies are managed by a queen that lays huge egg clusters. Immature termites, called nymphs, hatch from these eggs before developing into one of three castes: worker, soldier, or reproductive.
Worker termites are creamy white in color. These termites carry out the day-to-day operations necessary to keep the colony alive and thriving, namely tunneling through wood or carbon-based items and structures in order to bring back cellulose for consumption by the colony. They also maintain the termite nests and mud tubes that they use to get around.
Soldier termites are brownish-yellow in color and are recognizable by their elongated yellow heads and large jaws. As their name indicates, soldier termites use their jaws to defend the colony and fight off other intruders (such as ants) that might try to attack workers or steal eggs.
Reproductive termites are dark brown or black in coloration and sprout two pairs of translucent wings. Every spring, these termites pair off in mating flights and head off in separate directions away from their home colony to create their own colonies, becoming the new kings and queens in the process. Their wings break off after their mating flight, and these discarded wings are often the first indication to homeowners that they have a termite problem. The queen secretes pheromones to control the development of her nymphs and ensure the colony has enough members of each caste to meet the needs of the colony.
Are Eastern subterranean termites dangerous?
Subterranean termites do not bite, sting, or carry any diseases to humans. However, while they do not harm humans directly, they can cause stress and anxiety as they destroy homes. As they destroy wooden structures, they create hazards as they eat through support beams, destroy electrical wiring, and leave other parts of the home vulnerable to collapse.
Why do I have an Eastern subterranean termite problem?
Termites feed on cellulose, which can be found in wood, leaves, and soil. Typically, termites that get into homes were first attracted to the wood inside the home’s walls and foundations. This species of termite prefers to eat moist or water-damaged wood, so an existing moisture or leakage problem around your home could be all it takes to invite an infestation; however, even structurally-sound properties with no moisture problems can still find themselves with termites. Termite swarms can happen almost anywhere, and if your home or business happens to be nearby, getting an infestation may simply be a case of bad luck.
How do I get rid of Eastern subterranean termites?
Unfortunately, there is no realistic way for the average home or business owner to completely treat their termite problem and keep it from coming back without help from an experienced professional. Termites are notoriously difficult to eliminate and require the use of advanced treatment systems that you can't purchase or apply without a license. Furthermore, fixing the damage they leave behind often requires the help of an experienced carpenter.
In the end, it's best to utilize preventative measures to avoid a termite problem altogether. Though there are effective ways to react to an infestation, they are certainly more challenging than avoiding one in the first place. Contact us today for information about how the termite experts at Pestmaster® Services can keep your home or business protected from termites.
What are Formosan termites?
Another type of subterranean termite, Formosan termites, are differentiated from Eastern subterranean termites by their longer bodies, shorter heads, and short pincers. Unlike Eastern subterranean termites, which can be found in the majority of states across the nation, Formosan termites are localized to the southern part of the country.
However, while Formosan termites are less widespread than their Eastern subterranean cousins, they make up for it with their voracious appetites. Often referred to as “super-termites”, Formosan termites can and will quickly destroy the walls, floors, and foundations of any business or residence unfortunate enough to have them. Like Eastern subterranean termites, Formosan termite colonies are broken into three castes consisting of workers, soldiers, and reproductives.
Why do I have a Formosan termite problem?
Like Eastern subterranean termites, a Formosan termite infestation is commonly identified by the presence of wings discarded by reproductive termites after a mating flight. While they are attracted to moist or water-damaged wood, they will infest any home or structure that happens to be near their colony.
Another common sign of a termite infestation is the presence of damaged wood around the home that sounds hollow when tapped and may appear to have been eaten away along with the grain pattern.
How do I get rid of Formosan termites?
Because they primarily move underground and out of sight, they can be incredibly difficult to control once they’re inside a structure, making prevention a necessity. However, if termites have already gotten inside, the only real option to get rid of them and prevent further damage to the structure is to bring a certified termite professional onboard to help.
Pestmaster® Services offers a number of termite treatment services designed to help keep your home or business termite-free, including the following:
*Wood-Destroying organism reports
*Subterranean Termite control
*Drywood Termite control
*Formosan Termite control
*Termite damage repair
If you’re worried about Formosan termites on your property, contact the pest professionals at Pestmaster® Services today to find out more about Formosan termites and the tools we use to stop them.