Since termite infestation is usually hidden and not easily recognizable to an untrained eye, an effective control program begins with a thorough inspection of the structure by a licensed termite technician. An effective control program can be implemented after identifying the proper species of termite and areas of infestation.
Miss Phoebe’s Pest Control offers a wide range of treatment options from conventional liquid treatments, modern bait systems, termite monitoring, and organic solutions as well.
Signs of Infestation
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 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.
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.
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 carpeting, artwork, books, clothing, furniture, and valuable papers. Subterranean termites do not attack live trees.