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Termites

What are termites?

Termites are social insects that live in large colonies that are divided into three different castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. The most common species of termites here in Delaware and surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey is the subterranean termite. These termites can be identified by their creamy white to dark brown or black coloring, depending on their caste, six legs, two antennae, and their ability to destroy wooden structures at an alarming rate. In fact, the damages that they cause are so great that these pests are personally responsible for over $5 billion in structural damages here in the United States each year!

adult and larval termites crawling out of chewed wood

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are not dangerous in the conventional sense, meaning they don't deliver painful bites or stings or spread harmful bacteria or diseases. Instead, termites pose a direct danger to the structural integrity of the buildings they infest. They accomplish this by chewing through the softened, and usually water-damaged, wood of those buildings while foraging for cellulose-rich materials. Due to their sneaky nature, these pests can remain unseen for long periods of time as they continue growing their populations and furthering the damages to your home. And the larger their colony becomes, the more damage they can do to your home and property!

Are termites dangerous?

If you're dealing with a termite problem on your property, chances are those termites were drawn in by outside sources of wood in your yard and, eventually, found an abundance of the cellulose-rich wood they were looking for in your home or business itself!
 
A few things that can draw in termites to your property include:

  • Wood piles

  • Mulch

  • Rich soil

  • Wet cardboard

  • Natural debris

Once they have found their way into your yard, those termites will seek out structural wood that has been softened where they can tunnel into the wood of your home.

Where are termites commonly found?

As their name suggests, subterranean termites establish their colonies in underground nests which they typically create in close proximity to a wood source, like your home! To gain access to the wood of the structures they invade, these termites create shelter tubes out of soil and wood along the ground and up the sides of those structures until they find an area of softened wood they can tunnel into. When termites invade homes and businesses, they are typically found on the basement and ground level of those buildings.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you find termites eating through the walls of your home or business, it’s time to call the professionals here at Green Pest Management. Our solutions are designed to quickly and effectively deal with termites in the least invasive way possible. All it takes is a phone call and a visit from one of our trained pest technicians here at Green Pest Management and we'll have your property well on its way to becoming and remaining termite-free. In fact, it’s our guarantee!

To learn more about our termite control options, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Due to the nature of termites, and the way they can destroy properties, remaining undetected for months, elimination and exclusion can be rather difficult. For this reason, if you suspect you have termites or have seen the damage they cause present on your property, your first course of action should be to call Green Pest Management. Our termite monitoring systems are designed to effectively spot termites, and our treatment methods are tried and true. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is ready and able to help!

 

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