Are Termites Invading Your Columbia Home?
Did you know that unseen termites can do more damage to your home than any other insect? In Columbia, your home is facing a double threat from Eastern Subterranean Termites and Formosan Subterranean Termites.
Columbia Eastern Subterranean Termites
The "swarmer" is the most commonly seen member of the Eastern Subterranean Termite colony. It is dark brown, about 3/8th of an inch long with two brownish-gray wings, of which the front is longer than the back.
Native to the United States, the queen is capable of producing over 10,000 larvae each year. If the nest is broken or otherwise disturbed, the "soldier" termites will appear to defend the colony.
The Eastern Subterranean Termite soldier is orange, approximately 1/32 of an inch long with sharp mandible or pincers on his head.
Columbia Formosan Subterrean Termites
An invasive species native to China, the Formosan Subterranean Termite is known as one of the most destructive insects there is.
The "swarmer" (the flying termite member of the colony that you are most likely to see) is approximately 1/25th of an inch long with four symmetrical wings.
Left undisturbed, each Formosan colony has the potential to grow to millions of insects. They are known to destroy living trees and wood structures. Some even cause power outages by chewing through power cables and utility poles.
Where do they live?
Both the Eastern Subterranean and Formosan Subterranean Termites have their primary colony in the ground beneath the frost line but above the water table.
However, they are capable of setting up secondary colonies above ground if there is access to moisture. So if your house has experienced a serious roof leak or ongoing issues with leaking pipes or flooding, you should be on the lookout for indications that termites may have moved in.
What are the signs of termites?
The most common way that a homeowner is tipped off that they may have a pest control problem is when they see the mud tubes used for transportation.
The workers build the tubes over the home's foundation, siding, or in severe cases, the drywall inside the home to move from one location to the next in search of food.
Another indication of an infestation is chewed through sections in wood timbers or tree branches.
Where do they come from?
As the name suggests, termites originate underground. They are particularly fond of damp soil, so you may notice signs of an infestation in areas where water tends to pool or the soil doesn't drain well.
Any wood that sits directly on the ground - such as deck supports, porches, wooden steps, or door frames - can allow termites easy access from the soil to your home's framing. Cracks in the foundation or breaks in the exterior mortar also provide an easy entrance.
If my neighbors have termites, does that mean I do?
When a termite nest is disturbed, the insects can quickly and easily relocate. It would be advisable to have our termite experts at Croach Pest Control verify that none of the insects from your neighbor's nest escaped and settled in at your home.
Can I treat termites myself?
Termites are one of the most difficult insect infestations for a homeowner to treat effectively because:
- They are typically hidden from sight.
- No two infestations are the same, so each home requires a different treatment plan from the one next door.
- It takes specialized training and experience to properly eradicate a termite nest. If the job is done incorrectly, they will simply move to a different location on your property or in your home.
What do I do if I think I have an infestation?
If you have seen any signs that your home might be under attack from these voracious wood eaters, contact us immediately to schedule your free home evaluation for termite control in the Columbia area. After a thorough inspection, we will prepare a termite control plan customized to your property for maximum success.Free Pest Inspection
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