Each year, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage. These tiny pests form in large colonies and can cause serious damage to your home. If you’re seeing them, you definitely need termite treatment right away. After all, you’ve invested a lot in your home.
Termites use these cylinder-shaped pathways to travel along exposed areas while foraging for food. These might look like branches of dried mud attached to the side of poles, house foundations, metal fences, and other places.
Swarmers are winged termites that a well-established colony produces once or twice every year. They can be easily mistaken for winged ants, but if you see swarmers in your home it’s a sure sign a colony is close by.
Since termites eat wood from the inside out, damage is difficult to detect. It might show as bubbling wallpaper or hollow and weakened wood.
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Termites are usually between ¼-inch to ½-inch long. Their antennas come straight out of their heads, and their bodies are soft. Termite coloration ranges from white to light brown in color.
There are around 2,000 known termite species in the world. However there are a few that are common in the U.S. and pose the largest threat to homeowners:
Subterranean termites: These termites are found in every state in the continental United States and live in moist secluded areas in colonies of up to 2 million members. They are by far the most destructive termite species in the U.S.
In each termite species, there are three different castes or classes. Castes are separated by duties and appearance. It takes a lot of work to run a termite colony!
· Workers: Worker termites collect food for the colony. They build and maintain structures like mud tubes and nests, meaning these are the termites that cause structural damage to your home. These generally look more like larvae.
· Soldiers: Soldier termites have the heavy responsibility of defending the nest. Ants pose the biggest threat to the colony, so termites go after ants more than other pests. While a soldier’s body looks similar to a worker’s, their heads and mandibles are bigger, making it easier for them to attack.
Alates (Flying termites): Alates have the potential to be kings or queens of new termite colonies. They don’t actually cause damage, but seeing these winged termites is a sure sign you have a termite infestation. These flying termites have dark exoskeletons and two sets of long wings