1) What are TERMITES and what do they do?
Termites have been wriggling their way through the damp, dark nooks and crannies of our Earth for over a hundred million years. From the Amazon underbrush to the African savannah, these incredible survivors occupy every continent except Antarctica and are one of the most successful species in history. Their colonies can consist of millions of sterile male and female workers organized around a fertile female queen.
They like to eat cellulose, which is most often in the form of wood. In the wild the termite’s appetite for cellulose performs an incredibly useful function breaking down and recycling decomposing plant and animal material.
When they are munching on a supporting beam in your house it’s a different story.
2) How can I prevent them?
A termite colony needs two things to survive:
So if you’re serious about stopping an infestation before it has a chance to start, you’re going to need to address these issues. Food to a termite is anything with cellulose. This is wood most of the time, but can also be paper, cardboard or even carpet. You will also need to eliminate any obvious moisture buildup in your house, and fill any cracks you can see in the foundation.
Although this is a great place to start, nothing can take the place of a thorough inspection and specialized termite control. For example Terminix’s “Bait Barrier Plan” combines an advances baiting system with annual inspections to ensure optimum prevention.
3) What are the signs they are in my house?
- Shelter Tubes-Termites construct these earthen tubes in order to protect themselves from predators while they work. They are dark brown, 10-50 millimeters wide, and appear on walls, beams, or on any surface in your home.
- Droppings-Called frass. Mounds of tiny pellets that appear near the termites’ entry.
- Hollow Wood- Early detection is hard because termites burrow through wood without coming near the surface. You can tap wood surfaces in your house to ascertain if they are hollow. Also check for sagging wood floors.
- Discarded Wings- Termites swarm when they are reproducing, looking for a suitable place for a new colony. They shed their wings, which can gather on windowsills, screens, etc.
4) I have TERMITES, what can I do about it?
If an inspection reveals you do have termites, the priority should be getting them under control and assessing the damage they may have already done. Terminix offers a three-pronged approach considering the seriousness of the infestation:
-The Bait Defend System strategically distributes bait stations to destroy the subterranean colony.
-The Liquid Defend System is a perimeter treatment that stops them from returning.
-The Tent Defend System is a complete solution to eliminate all your drywood termites.
5) What’s the best plan for the future?
The most comprehensive termite management plan focusing on prevention, treatment, and damage repair we’ve found is from our advertising partner, Terminix. It's called the “Ultimate Protection Guarantee.”
If your home qualifies, all treatments and inspections are included; no matter many times Terminix has to come to your house. Its goal is to eliminate the problem and do everything possible to stop it from happening again. What’s more, when you go with a company like our advertising partner Terminix you will not pay for any repairs to damage caused by termites. All you have to do is keep your plan payments current and schedule your annual inspections. There is NO CAP to this service, the company will basically pay to rebuild your house if needs be.