Termites are invasive insects that live in colonies in the ground and gain nutrients from eating wood. They are a remarkably resilient species and are found on every continent except Antarctica. However, that doesn't mean that they can't be eliminated from your home with effective pest control services. To better understand these pests and how an insect removal professional can help, below are answers to several frequently asked questions on this subject.
4 Answers to Common Questions About Termites
Is there just one kind?
No, there are three main types of termites, and within these three types, there are more than 2,000 individual species. Dampwood varieties are found in heavily wooded areas with abundant wet wood food sources. Subterranean types live in moist environments and pose the greatest threat to homes. Drywood types are rarely found in North America and prefer very dry wood for food.
How do I know if I have termites?
Because of their tiny size, an infestation may not become noticeable until significant damage has occurred. Mud tubes are enclosed tunnels that termites build between their home and their food source. Look for these long, thin, brown or tan channels around the interior or exterior of your house's foundation. Wood damaged by termites will sometimes blister or darken noticeably, as can the paint over a wood surface. Some species produce wood-colored pellets called frass as they eat.
What does a termite usually look like?
They are about the size of a black ant, but they are light in color. Their bodies are comprised of two sections, unlike ants, whose bodies have three distinct segments. Some species will have a brownish head, and others have wings and can fly.
How does a pest control professional get rid of them?
There are different ways to eliminate an infestation. A pest control technician will evaluate the extent of the damage, identify the species of termite, and find the likely location of the colony. Then, a treatment plan will be devised accordingly. One often-successful method is to chemically treat the soil around the infested structure.
Since 1953, Guarantee Pest Control has offered termite control services to the Lexington-Fayette County region of Kentucky. They eradicate a wide range of household pests, including cockroaches, bedbugs, and carpenter ants. Call (859) 254-2076 or visit their website to schedule an appointment, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to receive company updates, advice, and deals.