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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 termite infestation 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 Service offers 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!

Before 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 the 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. The worker, soldier, and reproductive termites have specific tasks to keep the whole system running.

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.

There are different types of Termites

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 the 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.

 

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 the 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.

Dampwood Termites

They 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

They 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.