Termites have been more than a nuisance to people for centuries. They are extremely destructive and can contribute to very costly repairs. To the locals in Philadelphia, eastern subterranean termites are the most well known termite species to infest homes and businesses. Termites can creep into your home or business under the ground and up through the soil near the foundation to work their way in. Once inside, they will create a termite colony, and left unnoticed, other colonies could be made and continue their assault through your home, yard and eventually spilling into your neighbors homes. Termites are no easy thing to get rid of, especially for the average homeowner to tackle on their own. Having Pest Control Technicians, Inc. on your side can guarantee removal of termite infestations.
Pest Control Technicians, Inc. would like to relate what you need to know about termites infesting Philadelphia homes and businesses.
Pennsylvania is located on the TIP (Termite Infestation Probability) Zone #2, which means the termite infestation probability is exceedingly high. With a high rating, newer homes are required to have more termite control features to meet the building codes.
Are There Different Types or Species of Termites?
Though subterranean termites are native to the area, and are most likely the culprit of termite infestations in your residence, drywood termites can be transported to Philadelphia in wooden products carrying them, such as furniture or wine crates. Once they have arrived, they can potentially set up colonies. There are three major termite groups; subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. Dampwood termites are commonly found along the Pacific coast, Southwest desert and southern Florida. The most common termite species found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania homes is the eastern subterranean termite.
Castes or Classes of Eastern Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termite alates or swarmers, are dark brown or black in color. They range from ¼” – 1/2” in length and come equipped with 2 pairs of wings, close to equal length. Subterranean termite workers are wingless and are cream colored. Workers are tiny, never exceeding more than ¼” in length. Subterranean soldier termites are also void of wings, but do have large mandibles, or jaws, as they are the colony’s defenders. Their heads are usually a bit darker than their creamy-white bodies.
Subterranean Termite Damage
Subterranean termites build their nests underground. The damaged wood they are consuming usually has accrued some soil or mud buildup within the tunnels they have eaten out on the wood. Subterranean termites will feast on softwood or other cellulose materials, so the wood will looked layered as they leave behind the hardwood. They will also feed going with the grain as opposed to across it making their presence more obvious. Subterranean termites do not always nest underground. In well established colonies, and favorable conditions, they have been known to create nests above the ground as well. There has to be sufficient moisture for the nests to be supported. They will construct large mud tubes to give them ability to find food in higher places along with building up above ground nests. Swarmers consist of reproductive males and females. Once they have matured, they will fly off to create new colonies. Their activity is in the spring, which is when they are more noticeable.
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