Here in Northeast Ohio, Prevention Pest Control deals with termites daily. There are five different kinds of termites but in this part of the country Subterranean Termites are the ones we must deal with.
Protecting your property from this pest is very important so call Prevention Pest Control for a free inspection and let us take away the stress of having this unwanted pest.
The subterranean termite lives in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground and are found in every state except Alaska. They build mud tubes that protect them from open air and help them reach food sources. An average colony can contain up to 2 million members and they eat 24 hours a day. Termites are responsible for over 5 billion dollars in damages to homes each year and subterranean termites cause the most damage of any termite species.
The Termite Colonies
The termite colonies consist of a Queen, King, Alates (swarmer’s), workers and soldiers. The swarmer’s start showing up in late March on the first seventy-five-degree day usually and will last until the end of May. Termite swarmer’s often get confused with winged ants – on the termite swarmer page we have a graphic that will show you the difference between the two. Seeing hundreds of this pest or discarded wings on the floor are signs to have a professional inspect the home. The workers and soldiers will be inside the mud tubes that can be crawling up a wall or along a sill plate in the basement. The workers chew the wood taking the cellulose from it and return to the colony in the ground where they will regurgitate it and the colony will feed on it.
Control methods for termites include using bait stations on the exterior of the home that feed the termites an active ingredient that will not let them morph or shed their skin. The other method which we at Prevention Pest Control use is treating the exterior of the home with a liquid termiticide with a non-repellent insecticide that kills the colony within a couple months. Once it is injected into the soil it can remain there and be active for well over ten years.