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Termites


Drywood Termites

 

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Drywood Termites - are usually pale brown in color. They have soft bodies with a cylindrical shape. During the winged stage there are four equal size wings that extend longer than the body. Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies. The colonies are composed of kings, queens and soldiers. There is no worker caste as in subterranean termite colonies. Drywood termites create colonies in wood, with no connection to the ground necessary. They need very little moisture and are often found in the attic wood framing. Drywood termites obtain moisture from the water produced by the digestion of cellulose. Colonies can contain up to 2,500 termites. Drywood termites cause serious damage to structures, often long before they are discovered. Possible signs of infestation include the leaving of sawdust-like pellets and wings left over from swarmers. Drywood termites require treatments such as tent fumigation

 



Subterranean Termites

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Subterranean Termites-Workers are cream colored and wingless. Soldiers have elongated brown heads with mandibles. Supplementary reproductives are light-colored, while primary reproductives are dark brown or black. Subterranean termites usually swarm in spring, but swarms can occur at any time of the year. The primary reproductives swarm and start new colonies. Supplementary reproductives can only reproduce in their own colony. They assist with population growth of the colony. Subterranean termites have a worker caste, while drywood termites do not. Subterranean termites live in colonies underground, but are able to reach food above ground by building tunnels called mud tubes. They are dependent on moisture for survival, unlike drywood termites that only need low moisture. Subterranean termites can invade homes through cracks in concrete, so slab homes are not safe from this pest. Termites cause over a billion dollars in damage to homes each year, and subterranean termites are responsible for the majority of that damage. Their colonies can contain up to a million termites and are much larger than drywood termite colonies. Subterranean termites are eliminated by a Liquid Defense treatment that creates an invisible liquid barrier around your home and last up to five years.


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Formosan Subterranean Termites - are caramel to brownish-yellow in color. Swarmers are about ½-inch in length, including the wings. Formosan Subterranean termite colonies begin small, but may grow to over a million termites. Three to five years after the colony is started, winged reproductives (swarmers) are produced. Swarmers, or alates, do not reproduce in their original colonies. They swarm out of the colony by the thousands in an attempt to pair with an alate from a different colony. Swarming usually follows a warm, rainy day in spring or summer, and typically occurs in the evening. Formosan termites have huge underground colonies, often 10 times the size of other subterranean termite species. They also build mud nests in the walls of a structure. These nests may contain tens of thousands of termites and can hold enough moisture for them during dry periods. Formosan termites are considered more aggressive than other subterranean species because their large colonies often cause damage at an accelerated rate. Even more frightening, this six-legged pest is legendary for penetrating cement, brick, plastic, and other obstacles to get to food or water sources.