Each year, Americans spend more than $5 billion to repair termite damage. If you see signs of these damaging insects on your property, contact Pestops right away.
Adam can exterminate the termites and repair the damage they've done. Then he'll return to inspect your property every year. You'll be thrilled with his termite control services because Adam offers eight- and 10-year warranties on his work.
If you want a termite treatment that will last, call Pestops now. Homeowners across Winterville, GA depend on Adam to restore their homes after a termite infestation.
You know that termite damage can be costly to repair. To minimize the impact on your wallet, schedule a termite treatment from Pestops as soon as you notice any evidence of termites.
Common indicators of a termite infestation are:
Subterranean termites can enter buildings through cracks less than 1/16" wide.
Colony growth is slow, and it may take years before swarmers are produced .A mature colony of subterranean termites can range from a low of 20,000 to a high of 5 million workers, with an average of 300,000.
The colony's queen will add 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to the total.
An average subterranean termite colony can consume 5 grams of wood per day, the equivalent of 2 1/3 linear feet of a 2'x4' pine board annually. The termite colony is made up of different types (castes) of termites - each with separate work responsibilities.
Although subterranean termite colonies are largely located in the ground below the frost line, secondary colonies can exist above ground, and examples of true above ground colonies existing without any ground contact have been seen. However, such above ground colonies have access to moisture and often the source is a roof or plumbing leak.
Subterranean termites will often build mud tubes for travel between their colonies and their food sources.
The king and queen in a colony can live for 10 to 30 years, while workers live for about two years.
While subterranean termite colonies are not the largest termite colonies you can find, there will often be more than one of them working in a single building. Signs of termites include dirt-colored tubes built to serve as protected paths from the earth to the wood the termites are feeding on, and the translucent wings shed by the kings and queens during swarming. Swarming usually occurs in the spring, but other, smaller swarms can occur throughout the summer and fall.
Subterranean termites are ground-inhabiting, social insects that live in colonies. A colony or nest of subterranean termites may be up to 18-20 feet below the soil surface to protect it from harsh weather conditions. Termites travel through mud tubes to reach food sources above the soil surface. The mature termite colony has three castes:
Subterranean termites feed exclusively on wood and wood products containing cellulose. Termites have protozoa (microorganisms) in their intestines that provide enzymes to digest cellulose. Although termites are soft-bodied insects, their hard, saw-toothed jaws work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, a piece at a time. Termites often infest buildings and damage lumber, wood panels, flooring, sheet rock, wallpaper, plastics, paper products and fabric made of plant fibers. The most serious damage is the loss of structural strength. Other costly losses include attacks on flooring, carpeting, artwork, books, clothing, furniture and valuable papers. Subterranean termites do not attack live trees.
An average subterranean termite colony can consume 5 grams of wood per day, the equivalent of 2 1/3 linear feet of a 2'x4' pine board annually.
Wood damaged by termites always has remains of mud tubes attached to wood galleries or tunnels in an irregular pattern. The tunnels may contain broken mud particles with fecal materials. In the case of an active colony, white termites may be found in infested wood.
The presence of flying winged males, females or their shed wings inside the building indicates an infestation.
The presence of mud or shelter tubes extending from the ground to woodwork or on foundation walls also may indicate infestation. Workers travel periodically via shelter tubes to their nest to regain moisture and perform feeding duties. Each mud tube is approximately the diameter of a lead pencil.