Types Of Termites And How To Prevent An Infestation
With spring and warm weather upon us, termites and other cellulose-chewing pests are becomeing increasingly active in their destructive efforts. Furniture and other wooden structures vulnerable to termite attacks should be treated to prevent a disaster from happening. If your home isn’t protected from these destructive pests, it may then be time to take some precautionary measures. This article outlines some of the best ways to keep termites at bay.
Types of Termites And How To Handle Them
1. Formosan Termites: This breed of termites originated from Taiwan and China. These termites found their way to the rest of the world via military ships back in the 1940’s and are considered the most destructive breed of termites in the world. One Formosan termite colony can reach more than a million in population. The numbers are what makes this kind of termites destructive.
The interesting thing about Formosan termites is that they can chew through anything ranging from electric power lines, PVC pipes, and metal as well. You are more likely to find these termites in Texas and other areas in the South.
2. Eastern Subterranean Termites: This breed of termites thrive in areas with high moisture content. Their nests are characterized by wet mud tunnels that raise above the ground. This type of termites is found all over the US, with Alaska being the only exception. The worst thing about the eastern subterranean termites is that they chew up building foundations from the bottom-up, thereby causing massive destruction.
3. Damp wood Termites: As the name suggests, these termites love wet wood. You will most probably find these near a leaky pipe, tap, or the drainage. These termites do not need earth (soil) to survive – damp wood alone is enough.
4. Dry wood Termites: These are the exact opposite of damp wood termites. They thrive pretty well in dry wood. They get the much-needed water whenever digestion of cellulose takes place. Dry wood termites are commonly found on structural times, dead trees, hardwood floors and stored lumber. These however live in small numbers, thus destruction isn’t as bad as it is with damp wood termites.
How to Deal with The Different Termite Types
Most signs of termite infestation go unnoticed until it is too late. Unless you are a trained professional, taking note of a termite infestation is next to impossible. Some of the common signs of a termite infestation include small holes in wooden structures, crumbling drywall, sagging doors, and even insect wings.
A regular termite inspection is one of the best ways to ensure your home is termite-free. These trained professionals know just where to look to identify, treat, and prevent an infestation. As long as an infestation is detected early, these professionals can help prevent damage to your valuables and furniture.
Termite pesticide is one of the most effective and efficient baits for termite. The bait is placed in the termites’ mud tunnels undergrounds. The chemical inhibits molting in these termites, meaning they die an uneventful death. In addition to this, the chemical is transferred from one termite to the next, thus total elimination.