Termites do an estimated five billion dollars in damage each year, but termites can be controlled.
Termites are social insects. They are commonly called white ants in Australia and Africa, though this is technically not true; they are only distantly related to ants but share many common characteristics. In fact, termites share a closer genetic tie to another common household pest – the cockroach. This recent discovery has led to much debate on whether or not termites should be classified as their own single family.
Eastern Subterranean Termite
Eastern Subterranean Termites are small, milky-white creatures that have colonies that range from 60,000 individuals into the millions. Termites ingest cellulose, which is found in a variety of building materials including sheetrock, wood beams, and studs. Termites are very good at hiding their presences as they construct mud tubes to shelter themselves from other insects and direct sunlight. They can go undetected sometimes for years surprising homeowners with damage often found by mistake while remodeling.
Formosan termites, prefer warm climates and densely populates certain areas of the American South. Also known as a introduced subterranean termite, the Formosan termite is found in Alabama, Florida, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. Formosan termites differ from other species in that their colonies reach much larger sizes. As such, they are considered the most destructive termite species in the country. In addition to the damage they cause to homes, they are capable of infesting boats and live trees.
Dry Wood Termites
Dry wood termites are larger than subterranean termites, up to one-half inch long; no worker caste in the colony. These termites create colonies in wood, with no connection to the ground necessary; often found in attic wood; need very little moisture. Dry wood termites live within wood itself. After a colony of dry wood termites has gained entrance to a home, they are capable of dispersing widely throughout many rooms and floors. When a dry wood termite colony is mature, swarms of winged male and female reproductive insects are produced. These reproductive termites fly out of their colony to create new colonies after mating. Warm temperatures and heavy rains instigate swarms. Although dry wood termites are far less common than subterranean termites and are found primarily in coastal, southern states and the Southwestern states, the damage they cause is substantial. Dry wood termite infestations are identifiable by piles of fecal pellets. These fecal pellets are often first noticed in places like windowsills. If you find piles of tiny pellets in your home, it could be a sign of a dry wood termite infestation.
Dallas Fort Worth Termite Specialists
Our Termite Specialist will evaluate and treat each situation precisely and will gauge the infestation characteristics due to the migration or season patterns of the particular termite species.
For more information or to request a callback dial (817) 548-1166