Eliminex Pest Control Inc. can protect your home from the threat of termite attack and structural damage.
Through advances are termite control technologies, pest control operators have a wealth of highly effective tools to eliminate termites from structures just like yours. Perhaps the biggest advance in the industry was the invention of termite control baiting systems. The Advance Termite Baiting system has been proven to eliminate termite colonies in and around your home and property. Additionally non-repellant termiticides such as Phantom termiticide and Premise foam has added to the termite control arsenal in New York State. Finally, borate based wood treatment products, such as BoraCare wood treatment; add yet another layer of protection to your home.
There are three different types of termites: damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Damp wood termites generally live in areas that are heavily forested, whereas dry wood termites live in extremely dry wood and are rarely found in the US. In our area, the termite of concern is the North Eastern Subterranean Termite. They live in large social colonies of 60,000 to 250,000 members and feed on the cellulose debris found in leaf litter, wood, and in dung. While termites and not directly harmful to humans their ability to consume wood can cause massive amounts of damage to buildings and structures if left untreated.
Termites usually come out in early spring throughout the North East and at times can be seen as a swarm of what looks like flying ants. Some clues that your home has a termite problem (aside from the spring swarming) will include, soft wood, and mud tubes around the exterior or interior of your house, most likely near the foundation. Also dark or blistered wood structures may also be an indication of a termite problem.
The three most recognizable forms (castes) of the eastern subterranean termite are the swarmers (winged reproductives), soldiers and workers. The swarmers are about 3/8 inch long including wings, dark brown to almost black and have 2 pairs of translucent (slightly milky to slightly smoky) wings. The front and hind wings are of equal size. Soldiers are about 1/4 inch long and have an elongated, amber-colored head armed with long jaws. The body is translucent white and the legs are rather short. Workers are 3/16 to 1/4 inch long, translucent white with a nearly round amber head and have rather short legs.