Termites

 

TERMITES

Worried you might have wood destroying organisms like Termites or Carpenter Ants?  If you’re feeling suspicious and want peace of mind All Green is here to help.   Now in some cultures, termites are a delicious dinner delicacy, however, if you find that you don’t have the stomach for such fine fare and you would like to kick them out of your home or building, then that’s where All Green steps in take care of your termite service or carpenter ant service.

 

Since Termites are wood consuming pests, they pose a significant impact on our homes and business’ contributing an estimated $30 billion in damages to homes, crops and buildings in the US each year.  In fact, homeowners who discover termites will spend an average of $3,000 to treat for and repair damages.  In structures, termites will hide behind a thin layer of exterior wall while consuming the support timbers within the wall, which means termites are not often discovered until a significant amount of damage has occurred.  Here are some basic signs to help you determine if an termite inspection or termite treatment are necessary:

 

  • Shelter Tubes – a mud like mixture made of soil, feces and saliva that termites use to transport food, water, eggs and larvae. Subterranean termites will have tubes below ground or hidden within walls.agp-1

 

  • Blow Holes & Wood Excavation– Termites use blowholes as escape routes if they are being invaded, as re-entry points after a foreign invasion or to discard excess waste. Termites also bore through wood just beneath the surface, making early detection difficult.  Wood will sound hollow when knocking on it.apg-blow-holes

 

  • Frass – fragile perforated wood and excrementapg-frass

 

 

  • Swarmers – The presence of swarmers is a sign that termites are near or have already infested the home. Typically will surface as a swarm in the spring and after heavy rains.  Swarmers are the reproductive males and females and are often mistaken for winged ants.apg-swarmers

 

  • Termite Noise – Worker and soldier termites will often communicate by banging their heads and mandibles against the walls/tunnels. Termites cannot hear, but respond to the vibrations that are felt.  As colonies grow in size, this sound can be heard more easily.

 

  • Sagging Floors & Walls – Sagging floors & walls can be caused by a number of things but may warrant an termite inspection. If able to access the subflooring through a crawl space or ceilings in the attic, you may find signs of termites.apg-sagging-floors

 

  • Tree Nesting – Termites will often nest in trees, hollowing out the trunk and   This poses a serious risk to the health of your trees, but also to your home and people since trunks and branches are weakened by the damage caused by termites.apg-tree-nesting

 

 

Termites service a great purpose in recycling organic material and waste back into our ecosystem.  However, termites also pose a great risk to our crops, buildings and homes.  Keep a close eye out for any signs of termites in and around your home!  If you feel like an inspection or a termite service is needed, please give All Green a call.