The Subterranean Termite threat – Wood destroying insects

In the picture you can see the mud tunnels in the door frame, as well as the damage that Termites cause.

In the picture you can see the mud tunnels in the door frame, as well as the damage that Termites cause.

Spring is here, even though old man winter doesn’t want to leave. Like it or not warm weather is approaching, the ground will begin to thaw and rain will begin to fall. The trees will start growing leaves again and flowers will begin to bloom.  Subterranean Termites have been eating away at your home all winter without you suspecting it, and its time for the reproductive Termites to begin swarming.

Subterranean Termites contrary to belief are active year round. While they stay below the frost line during winter months, they may also continue to feed on the wood in your home during this time. Termites need 2 major things to survive: food and moisture, as long as those 2 major things are available they can thrive throughout the winter eating away

at your home. Subterranean Termites do not deal well in dry areas they require moisture to remain alive, that’s why they build mud tunnels to keep their bodies moist and for protection from their predators. Termites feed on Cellulose found in wood, they can also feed on Cellulose found in books, boxes, drywall backing, hey even the tree in your yard is fair game.

The Termites will begin to swarm as the temperature gets warmer, around 60 -70 degrees and they will be more likely to swarm after a light rain fall. The Termite swarmers resemble ants with wings and are reproductive termites, they cannot eat wood and their sole purpose is to find a mate, lay her eggs and develop a colony. Often times you will find hundreds of these swarmers around your windowsills because they’re attracted to the light. The colony can only produce swarmers when it becomes mature, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 years before a colony is mature enough to begin producing swarmers. Termite swarmers aren’t great flyers and depend on wind currents to carry them to their destination. Most Termite swarmers will fall pray to birds, toads, ants and othernatural predators before they have a chance to mate. They will shed their wing soon after flight and will begin to mate, build a nest and lay eggs.

Homeowners only notice that they have termites when they see a swarm. Yearly inspections can provide the homeowner with insight as to whether or not they have termites by inspecting the structure for signs of termite damage, mud tubes and the obvious termite swarmers. Becoming aware of Termite activity in your home as soon as possible will reduce the amount of damage caused by the Termites and will make it less expensive to repair. The Subterranean Termite is the most destructive wood destroying pest, causing billions in damage all the while eating your home right from underneath you

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