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Termite Identification

What are termites?

Termites are insects that feed on the cellulose in wood and other plant materials. Since most of our homes are partially made of wood, their feeding habits cause significant and costly structural damage. Eastern subterranean termites are the most common species living in our area of New York.

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Social creatures, the members of a subterranean termite colony, divide themselves into different groups or "castes." Workers, soldiers, and reproductives all have different jobs within the colony, and all work together to ensure the colony's success. Workers are tasked with doing the bulk of the work to feed and maintain the colony. They are the group responsible for causing most of the damage to our structures.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are not dangerous because they harm our health, but because of the structural damage they cause inside homes. Termites are pests that breed and feed year-round, this means each day termites cause more damage to the structure they have invaded. The damage termites cause can become costly and difficult to repair, mainly because most insurance companies don't cover the costs of termite repairs.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites don't hibernate, so they are a potential problem throughout the entire year. Eastern subterranean termites thrive in moist areas preferring to nest in damp soil near tree stumps, leaf piles, and decaying or water-damaged wooden structures. If your property provides areas of excess moisture and appropriate sources of food, it is only a matter of time before termites become a problem.

While termites are often associated with being problematic on properties near wooded areas, they are just as concerning in more urban areas. Cities provide these pests with plenty of structures to use as a food source.

Where will I find termites?

Termites nest in the soil and travel back and forth each day from the nest to food sources. As they move through the ground, the blind workers find their way inside through spaces in the foundation. They also move inside through wood that's making direct contact with the ground.

After moving into a structure, they begin attacking materials made of cellulose, preferring materials damaged by water. Things like structural beams, insulation, wallpaper, wood trim, and other building materials are commonly invaded and destroyed by termites.

How do I get rid of termites?

Get rid of wood-eating termites from your home or property with the help of the termite control experts at BHB Pest Elimination. Our variety of termite control options will meet your property's specific needs, eliminating termites and stopping them from returning. We don't just control termites, but eliminate them! Termites are destructive and costly pests and do not belong in our homes and businesses. For more information about our termite control services, reach out to BHB Pest Elimination today.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Let our professionals help you control Eastern subterranean termites through our professional home pest control and commercial pest control services, and with the following termite prevention tips:

  • Get rid of decaying wood mulch, tree stumps, and other organic debris from your property.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water near your home, and fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Run dehumidifiers in your house.
  • Fix cracks and crevices in the foundation.
  • Limit soil to wood contact on your property.
  • Remove old or decaying wooden structures from your property.
 

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