Tar O Mar - Termites

Termites

General Info

 

  •     Subterranean termites nest in the soil for moisture and come aboveground for wood
  •     Termites are often confused with swarming ants, but termites have wings which are light in color and much longer than their body
  •     Termites also have a thick waist, whereas ants have more of a thread-like waist


 

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Where They Nest

  •     Subterranean termites nest in the soil for moisture and come aboveground for wood
  •     They will often transverse  open areas using “mud tubes” to protect themselves from dehydration
  •     Drywood termites nest in the wood they eat and can nest in house foundations, rafters, furniture, and even books without going back to the soil for moisture


What They Want From You

  •     Termites enter your home looking for wood to eat and nest in


Why They’re A Problem

  •     By feeding on the wood in your home termites can cause very expensive damage and destruction to structural and decorative wood


Tips & Tricks

  •     Keep firewood, lumber, and stumps away from the foundation of your home
  •     Routinely check sheds, decks, porches, and wooden fencing for damage – you may have termites if the wood sounds hollow when tapped
  •     A common warning sign of an active termite infestation is small mud tubes on the exterior of wooden beams, walls, and cinder blocks
  •     If you suspect you have a termite infestation call a reputable pest control expert for an inspection and quote