Termites are the silent destroyer and they eat constantly. You might not know it, but they could be feeding inside the walls of your home or office. Termites thrive on cellulose so not only is your building structure in danger, but also your wood furniture and paper documents.
It takes experience and a trained eye to locate termite problems. Having an inspection can help you stave of costly repairs if not checked. You might have noticed some mud tubes on your walls. Don’t panic! Call Hart’s immediately.
There are a variety of different types of termites. Drywood termites live inside the wood that they consume and are most likely found in the walls or furniture. They grow to about 3/8 of an inch. Colonies can have many thousands of members.
Subterranean termites live in the soil and produce mounds. Underneath the mounds are elaborate tunnel systems. They travel to the surface to get food. Their sizes range from 1/8 inch to 1 inch which include workers, solders and reproductives. Colonies can have many millions of members and can cause the most damage.
Colonies that have matured may produce winged termites in the spring. They are usually found around doors and windows. If you see wings that have been shed, that would indicate that they have completed mating and are on to the next phase of building a new colony somewhere.
Termites like moisture so it is important to check for any leaky pipes. Termites like food, so keep lumber and firewood away from the house. As a rule, make sure wood on you house doesn’t contact the soil. Check wood decks and fences for any damage. Also, seal up any cracks or crevices around the outside of your home or building.
Schedule a free inspection from Hart’s Extermination Company. Only licensed professionals can control termite problems.