Termite Protection

 Termites

The wood destroying better known as termites are often difficult to spot. Eastern subterranean termites build their colonies underground, below the frost line and above the water table, and attack Bay county homes from the soil along foundation walls, expansion joints, utility conduits and plumbing connections. These sightless insects can slip through crevices as small as 1/16-inch wide, making themselves invisible to the untrained eye. By the time termite destruction is visible, it’s usually too late. Prevention is always best when protecting your property.Arrow Pest Service can effectively treat and control your termiteinfestation in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Wewahitchka and surrounding counties. We have several treatment options, including Termiticide injection below your home’s foundation for subterranean and formosan termites

Termite Inspection Reports/WDO

Arrow Pest Serviceoffers termite inspections/WDO for homeowners as well as real estate closings and refinancing. If your property is located in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Wewahitchka or the surrounding areas, contact us for a professional inspection designed to locate and identify any damage to the wood.  Wood destroying organisms can include termites, powder post beetles, wood decay or fungi growing on the wood.

 

Termites – Know the Enemy!

termitesBefore deciding on a treatment, it’s important to know the pests you’re dealing with. Admittedly, many people have never even seen a termite. That’s because they stay well hidden.

Termites thrive in dark, moist conditions, preferably in soil. On average, they leave their protective environment about once a year for mating purposes – a reproductive process known as “swarming.”

After successfully mating, they search for a new location to nest and feed. Similar to ants, termites live in large interdependent colonies.

These colonies operate much like a factory, numbering anywhere from 250,000 to, in some cases, more than one million termites. Worker, soldier, and reproductive termites have specific tasks to keep the whole system running.

termites2At the center of the colony is the queen and king whose joint purpose is reproduction.

The worker termites’ role is crucial: collect enough food to feed the entire colony, including the thousands of new larvae that are hatched each season.

Termites feed on cellulose materials and are especially attracted to one particular source: wood.

But how do they find it?

An Underground System of Mass Transit

slabsTermites probe through the soil until they come in contact with a food source, a process known as “random foraging”. From their colonies, these foragers can travel as far as 500 feet. Once a food source is located, they build a path to start their system of transporting the food back to the colony.

In most cases, termites never expose themselves to light or open air, making their detection during feeding nearly impossible. Even in crossing over non-soil matter such as concrete, they’ll build tubes composed of soil particles to keep themselves protected.

Everything is then in place for a system of mass food transportation. Thousands of termites will travel back and forth from the food source to the nest, carrying with them the sustenance the colony needs to survive. Termite colonies work as interdependent units – they all rely on each other for survival.

The Trouble with Termites

Termites are organized, persistent, and most importantly, destructive creatures. Each year they cause over $1 billion in damage to homes in the United States alone. With a staggering figure like that, it’s not surprising that pest control operators treat some 600,000 homes annually. That’s because the best defense you have in stopping termites from destroying your home is an effective termiticide treatment applied by a trained Arrow Pest professional.

 Different Types of Termites

 

Dampwood Termites: infest wood with high moisture content, creating tunnels while eating across the grain of the wood. Wood in contact with the ground or with a high moisture content is vulnerable to attack. Logs, stumps, dead trees, leaky pipes, or gutters can provide favorable conditions for this correcting these conditions conducive to infestation.

Drywood Termites: construct a virtual city within the wood. They carve out galleries in wood beams and use tunnels to move from place to place. Drywood termites swarm annually to start new colonies. Attic and eave areas are prime targets for swarmers in search of a nesting location, as are windowsills, baseboards, beams and door frames. A swarmer can enter a structure by penetrating the smallest crack or imperfection in the wood. Drywoods can also be introduced into the environment in infested furniture or construction materials.

Formosan Termites: a species of subterranean termite, is one of the most aggressive and destructive termites in the world. Often referred to as the “Super Termite,” Formosans cause extensive structural damage to your home by eating through wood at rapid rates. A Formosan colony can contain as many as eight million members and span 3,000 feet. These termites generally live underground, tunneling through the soil in search of food. To avoid exposure to light, Formosans may create mud tunnels above the surface.

Subterranean Termites: Left undetected, this termite tirelessly attacks your home 24/7, causing dangerous and costly structural damage. Subterranean termites tunnel their way through wooden members, such as timbers in the structure of a house, as they search for and consume cellulose, the material found in the plant cells of wood. They are most likely to attack from beneath the structure, gaining access through the smallest cracks and imperfections in the foundation. As a rule, subterranean termites travel above ground for food (cellulose) and underground for moisture. A termite mud tunnel found between the soil and wood construction of your home is a sign of infestation.