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What are termites?

Termites, the destructive wood-destroying insects, range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in size. Depending on the species, their colors vary from creamy white to dark brown or black. These small yet troublesome insects form large colonies, with populations ranging from 4,000 to 1,000,000 termites.

Drywood termites typically inhabit smaller colonies, consisting of 4,800 termites or fewer. On the other hand, subterranean termites establish much larger colonies. These termites rely on moisture and soil contact for survival.

Unlike their subterranean counterparts, dry wood termites can thrive without moisture or soil contact. When a termite colony grows sufficiently, it produces winged reproductive termites known as swarmers. These swarmers embark on a mission to establish new colonies nearby.

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Termites: Property Destroyers, not Human Threats

Termites pose no direct danger to humans. They do not bite, spread diseases, or cause physical harm. However, they are notorious for wreaking havoc on commercial and residential properties through extensive structural damage. Among termite species, subterranean termites are particularly destructive to artificial structures. Although dry-wood termites can also cause damage, subterranean termites are known for their swifter and more significant destruction. Given enough time, termites have the potential to bring down entire buildings. These pests should be promptly dealt with to protect your home or business.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites invade homes primarily for their primary needs, similar to ants. They seek out food sources found within your home, such as odorous house ants, pharaoh ants, raspberry crazy ants, and even carpenter ants. Additionally, carpenter ants are attracted to the shelter your home provides. Leaving food accessible to ants will eventually lead the entire colony closer to the available food source.

Where will I find termites?

Both termite species are commonly found in wooden structures above ground. Subterranean termites, in particular, require moisture and soil contact to establish an above-ground colony. When not infesting properties, they reside in large underground colonies. Once inside, termites can be discovered in structural beams, wooden supports, under floorboards, rafters, porches, window frames, and other wooden components. Gain insights into termite behavior and locate their common hideouts.

How do I get rid of termites?

While DIY solutions may seem tempting, eliminating termites requires the expertise gained from years of experience. Often, multiple termite colonies infest different parts of your property, making it essential to treat all affected areas. At It's Bugs Or Us, we have the tools and experience to handle termite invasions, small or large. Our liquid treatments and baiting systems ensure year-round termite protection. Achieve a termite-free home by calling us for complete termite elimination.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

A quality termite control plan safeguards your property from termite invasions. While no method guarantees complete termite prevention, you can take these steps to reduce the risk:

  • Minimize moisture by repairing leaks, removing water-damaged wood, and fixing faulty piping.

  • Ensure exterior wooden components are appropriately painted and finished, as dry wood termites target unfinished wood.

  • Store firewood away from your property and eliminate old logs, stumps, or decaying wood.

  • Reduce wood-to-soil contact, as it attracts various pests, including termites.

For comprehensive termite removal methods and a free inspection, rely on the expertise of our pest technicians at It's Bugs Or Us. Safeguard your property by reaching out to us today!

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