Category: Termites

Five Termite Species All Homeowners Should Be Aware Of

While there are over 2,000 species of termites, NPMA is sharing information about the following five species found throughout the U.S.: Subterranean termites are the most destructive species in the U.S. and live in colonies of up to two million members underground or in moist, secluded areas... more
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Drywood Termite Prevention

Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes. As a drywood termite treatment tactic, seal all cracks and crevices in a... more
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Signs of a subterranean termite infestation

Subterranean termite infestations can occur on the inside or exterior of the home. There are several telltale signs of a termite infestation. One sign is the presence of mud tubes on the exterior of the home. Mud tubes look like long tunnels made of wood and soil, which the termites construct to... more
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What do subterranean termites look like?

There are three distinct types, or castes, of subterranean termites with physical differences, including reproductives, workers and soldiers. The reproductives include the king, queen and alates. Integral to a colony’s growth, the queen is the largest termite while the king is much smaller.... more
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What are subterranean termites?

Subterranean termites can cause the most damage of any termite species. These termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite... more
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Termite Life Cycle

There are more than 2,000 known termite species in the world, with at least 50 species occurring in the U.S. Termites are typically classified into three groups based on the location of the colony – subterranean, drywood and dampwood. A colony is made up of workers, soldiers and swarmers. Workers... more
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Signs of Termites

Swarms (and the shed wings left behind) are often one of the only outwardly visible signs of the existence of termites. Because of this, many people are under the misconception that termites are only a problem in the spring. However, some termite species – including subterranean termites – can... more
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Spring Termites

When you think of spring, you probably envision blooming flowers and the return of warmer weather. But in the pest control industry, spring marks the beginning of peak pest season, when most insects are coming out of their winter hiding spots, mating – and in some cases – finding their way into... more
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Home Termite Damage

Termites can create significant damage to a home. They can chew through a foundation causing a collapse, eat through plastic plumbing or damage swimming pool liners. If termites are a common problem in your area, or you have had them before, it is a good idea to have an exterminator inspect your... more
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Termite Evidence

If you are looking for evidence of termites, watch out for “mud tubes”, cracked or bubbling paint (which could also be a sign of water damage), or wood that sounds hollow when you knock on it. For the actual termites be on the lookout for discarded wings on window sills and at door entries.... more
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