Termites

What are termites?

Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders that feed on dead plants and trees. They are small insects that live in colonies. The colonies have a caste system where each termite plays a certain role. These roles are workers, soldiers, and reproductives (also called swarmers).

a subterranean termite up close in vernal utah

Workers
Worker termites are the smallest and lightest in color. They are typically about 1/4 inch long and are a light, creamy color.

Soldiers
Soldier termites are slightly larger than workers and a bit more yellow in color. Swarmer termites are larger still, and darker brown in color. These termites initially have wings, but shed them after mating.
 
Reproductives
Termites spend almost their entire lives hidden underground. Only the reproductives appear above ground when they come out in a swarm during mating season. Once they find a mate, they shed their wings, then find a new place to start their own colony.

Are termites dangerous?

In terms of spreading disease, termites pose no threat. However, they are still dangerous insects. Because they spend their lives hidden, they often get into homes undetected. They then eat away at the wooden structures within a home and can do considerable damage in a short amount of time. While this may not seem like a problem at first, if left to their own devices, termites can create enough tunnels and nests within the support structures of your home to make it structurally unsound. In fact, termites cause over 5 billion dollars in damage to buildings in the United States every year.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites often find homes to infest when they are foraging for food. They are especially drawn to water-damaged wood but have been known to infest homes with sound wood, as well. So while your home is most at risk if you have water damage, no home is truly safe from the threat of termites. If a colony has developed somewhere on or near your property, it’s only a matter of time until termites find their way to your house.

Where will I find termites?

When living outside, termites are often found underground or in forested areas inside rotting trees. They are good for the ecosystem when they live in this environment. When they get into your home, however, they are not good for it. They will usually be found deep within your walls or in the crawlspaces of your house.

How do I get rid of termites?

The only sure cure for termites is professional control. Not only will a professional termite treatment eliminate the termites currently in your home, but it will also do the important work of preventing a future outbreak. If you discover termites in your house, contact Pickett Pest Control immediately. The longer an infestation exists, the more damage your house will sustain.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Preventing termites is very important. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent termites at your Utah property:

  • Reduce moisture around your home.

  • Ensure that you don’t have any water-damaged wood inside or on the exterior of your home.

  • Do not place wooden structures in direct contact with soil.

Pickett Pest Control is trained and authorized to apply Termidor termite treatments to homes. This treatment keeps termites out. We’re so sure of its success that this treatment comes with a one-year renewable warranty.

 

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