Termite Inspection – The Easy Way To Prevent Invasion – Termites happen in various sizes that are specific to their job in the nest. Being one of the commonest Georgia bugs, it’s worthwhile to understand what they look like and how to determine if they’re eating your house. What do Termites Look Like?
Regular termites are often about 1/8- to 3/8-inch in length. Pale, cream colored. These are the termites that most people recognise with a touch nearly see though body. They are those that look for food and bring them back to their queen.
Infantryman Termites have a body that is the same to that of the employee, but they have a massive, deck head with giant claws. Light colored with brown head. Soldier termites are called the “Defender of the colony”. The soldier termite has a long, armored head and mandibles capable of cutting an enemy ant in half. The soldier also sounds the “horn” by banging his head against the side of a tunnel.
Termite Inspection – The Easy Way To Prevent Invasion
Queens or Mature “Nymphs”: About one in. long. Dark brown/black. “Flying Termites” are the termites almost always seen in the open. They’re commonly referred to as “swarmers.” In the mating season these termites fly out of the colony to hunt a new home, they lost their wing and look for a friend. Once they are out in the open 2 things happen:
1. A bird gets a meal
2. You know where the termites are
If you happen to see this contact your local pest control company right away.
How does one know if there are termites in or near your house?
Extra signals of plague are earthen (mud) tubes (shown right) extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor rafters, for example. The mud tubes are usually about the width of a pencil, but often can be thicker. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure.
To see if an infestation is active, the tubes might be damaged open and checked for the presence of tiny, creamy-white employee termites. If a tube turns out to be empty, it doesn’t actually mean the infestation is inactive; termites frequently abandon sections of tube while scavenging elsewhere in the structure.
Termite-damaged wood is generally hollowed out along the grain, with pieces of dried mud or soil lining the feeding studios. Wood spoiled by moisture or other types of insects (e.g, wood worker ants) will not have this appearance. Sometimes termites bore miniscule holes thru plaster or drywall, accompanied by bits of soil around the margin. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be indicative of termites tunneling beneath.
Oftentimes there will be no tangible indication that the house is plagued. Termites are mysterious creatures and infestations can go without detection for ages concealed behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress unnoticed in wood that is exposed as the outer surface is mostly left untouched.
Termites could cause major structural issues to your house. If you believe you have termites it’s best suggested that you contact a termite inspection pro.