The Highway to Damage in Your Home

peekabooIf you live in a home that was built 5 years ago or even 50 years ago, it is possible you have a termite infestation in your home. Thousands of termites could be living in the walls and attic, or in the soil below your home. At one point in your life you may have to or have already gone through some sort or termite treatment. It is suggested to have your home fumigated “tented,” about every 10 years. You should have a termite inspection done every year, to help prevent extensive damage to your home.

Drywood termites live in smaller colonies, usually reaching one thousand individuals, though a mature colony can grow to be much larger. Drywood termite swarmers take flight twice a year. Each time they “swarm” it is a new group of swarmers leaving their current colony to start another. The purpose of a swarm is for them to find the nearest food source so they can settle in and start a new colony. The swarmers may go to another part of your home, your neighbor’s home or even a tree in your back yard, termite swarmers do not travel far, unless they are taken away in a gust of wind. Drywood termites can enter your home through screens, vents opened windows and only need a small crack in a piece of wood, caulking or stucco to gain access to your home.

Drywood termites borrow deep into the wood of your home creating galleries in order to build and make colonies. The galleries are also used to travel through the wood, allowing them to eat your home from the inside out, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Drywood termites also get all the moisture they need to survive from the cellulose they eat meaning, they never have to leave their food source for water.

Another type of termites are Subterranean, they live in the soil below/around your home. Subterranean termites live in large colonies reaching numbers in the millions with a mature colony. Subterranean termites also swarm once there colony has reached its capacity, when subterranean termites take flight they normally fly less than 100 meters from their original colony. Once the king and queen have found a new food source they will burrow down into the soil below, barricading themselves in to start producing a new colony.

Subterranean termites must have moisture to survive and this is why they live in the soil beneath your home. Just because they live under your home does not mean they will not travel to eat the wood inside your home. Subterranean termites create mud tubes to travel throughout the structure. Subterranean termites can create mud tubes running up the interior walls of your home and can create a sub colony in an attic as long as there is some sort of continuous moisture condition. These mud tubes not only help them get the moisture they need to survive, it also protects them from outside predators such as lizards, birds and ants.

Due to the massive size of subterranean termite colonies, they cause a serious amount of damage in a short period of time. If you feel like you are seeing signs of termites, call a licensed termite company like Best Rate Repair &Termite to perform a free inspection, to identify if you have an active infestation. During this inspection they can identify what type of termite is present at your home and the best way to eradicate them.

When it comes to the control of drywood termites Best Rate offers two options. One option would be a fumigation, ensuring complete eradication of drywood termites. The other would be a localized spot treatment. A spot treatment only eradicates the termites in the specific area treated.

Subterranean termites are controlled in a completely different way. Though if you have both active drywood termites and subterranean termites and opt to perform a fumigation, any subterranean termites that are physically in the home will die during the fumigation process. The fumigation process will however not eradicate any of the subterranean termites in the soil below your home. Subterranean termites in the soil would need to be eradicated by performing a soil treatment. Depending on your home there are a couple different ways to perform this treatment. Once you have an inspection completed the licensed inspector will be able to identify what form of treatment would be best from your home.

Call Best Rate today and request your free termite inspection at 619-229-0116.