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What You Need to Know About Termites

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Termites continue to be an issue in Colorado. One out of every three homes in the state is at significant risk of being infested with these pests.  Termites are very small and similar in size to ants, which often leads to confusion. This small ant like insects are broadly divided into three major termite groups, subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. Subterranean is the most common termite in Colorado. They cause over $2 billion in damages each year and the Subterranean termite causes 95 percent of all termite damage in North America.

How to Recognize a Subterranean Termite

  • Alates (swarmers): Dark-brown to black in color, about ¼ to ½ inch long with two pairs of wings that are very close to being equal in length.
  • Workers: No wings, about ¼ inch or less in length and cream, colored.
  • Soldiers: No wings, large mandibles (jaws), termite colony defenders, are creamy-white in color, but their head is often brownish in color.

They mainly feed on wood. You will also find damaged paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems due to termites. You can occasionally find them infesting in living trees and shrubs. More importantly, they feed on those already dead, which helps with the decay and decomposition.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

The following are common signs of a subterranean termite infestation. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a thorough termite inspection on your house.  Above all,  call Beeline Pest Control for a professional trained to detect the sometimes subtle signs of termites.

  • An irregular pattern of mud-like material.
  • Swarmers: The appearance of a swarm of what you would call “flying ants”, especially near light sources This indicates a nest may be near.
  • Mud Tunnels: Subterranean termites build “mud tubes” in the ground that connect the nest (moisture) to the food source (wood).
  • Piles of wings:  Swarmers shed their wings indicating termites have entered their next phase of development.
  • Live termites: Reproductive kings and queens are 1/2″ long, winged and black or brown in color. Workers are sterile and usually hidden within the infested wood. They are 1/4″ long, wingless and white.
  • Buckling paint or tiny holes on the wood.
  • Damaged wood: Sawdust-like material, holes, and carvings may be found on the wood, and it looks crushed at structural bearing points.

 

Getting Rid of the Termites

Ridding a home of termites requires special skills. Furthermore, a knowledge of termites and building construction is necessary for identifying critical areas where termites are likely to enter, nest, and create damage. The points are often hidden and difficult to access. Besides that, Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment so it is best to leave termite treatment to the professionals.  In States like Colorado, termites are active and widespread. It is essential to start and maintain an effective termite prevention and termite control program. If you own a home in Colorado, talk to your termite control expert at Beeline Pest Control. They will share methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and termite damage. Call us today at (720) 204-1494.