The Key to Fighting Termites is Early Detection and Prevention.

States with a lot of rain and a mild or tropical climate are more prone to termite infestation and unruly breeding. The termite swarming season starts at the end of February, and few homeowners are aware of the annual damage caused by these invasive insects. Termites inflict more damage than earthquakes, fires, and floods combined, despite the fact that they are just ten millimetres long.

Many homeowners only hire a licenced termite exterminator once they’ve discovered a termite infestation. This is a common blunder because termites have already established themselves and are often difficult to eradicate. Regular inspection and prevention are the most effective and efficient solutions. Termites are made up of several different varieties, despite the fact that they are generally thought of as a single group.

Drywood termites, Dampwood termites, Subterranean termites, and Formosan termites are the most common types in the United States. Many traditional “Do-It-Yourself” termite extermination treatments are ineffective or ineffective due to the specific characteristics of each variety.

The Drywood termite is a type of termite that only lives in wood and does not need to come into contact with soil. Termites obtain their required moisture by digesting cellulose, which is found in many common household items. These invaders have a proclivity for establishing numerous colonies within a single system. This termite has a large brownish head and is usually 3/8 inch long. Fecal pellets are the most effective way to detect an infestation. These, on the other hand, are often mistook for sawdust.

The Dampwood termite tends to build their colonies in damp or decaying wood rather than in soil. This variety is designed to eat rotting ground wood found on the outside of houses. Especially in mild or tropical climates, it is critical for homeowners to fix moisture-prone areas on both the interior and exterior of their house. These pest are also common in trees, causing property damage by hallowing out branches and breaking limbs.

The best way to spot an infestation is to look at their faeces. However, these pellets become wet and stick to the colony’s walls, making them impossible to detect once more.
The Subterranean termite is the most common form of termite found underground. They may have up to a million members and create massive colonies with complex tunnel systems. While this termite species is more likely to swarm in the spring, warmer climates allow them to do so all year. Since they require constant contact with a moisture source, their colonies are usually located in soil. In order to access food sources, these pests dig mud tunnels up to 60 feet long. They are typically transparent-yellowish in colour, with pale bodies and dark heads. It’s important to check your home’s perimeter for “termite tubes” on a regular basis.

Because of its reputation as the most destructive termite on the earth, the Formosan termite is also known as the “Super Termite.” They have the largest colonies of any termite, with colonies that can grow up to 300 feet in length and up to eight million members. Multiple kings and queens can be found in these massive nests, with a mature queen laying as many as 1,000 eggs per day! They are virtually impossible to detect and highly destructive due to the sheer size of their colonies and their ability to eat whole planks of wood while keeping the surface intact. These insects are a yellowish-pale hue, with kings and queens ranging from light to dark in colour.