Many questions have been asked throughout history. “Do you want to play a game?” “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” And, “Who’s on first?” These are all valid questions, but none as important as, “Do I have termites?” Here are some other frequently asked termite questions.
What do termites look like?
Swarmer termites are a dark-brown and blackish colored insects, about ¼ to ½ inches in length, with long white wings. Their job is to find a new home and start a new colony.
Soldier termites are long-jawed, wingless insects, with creamy-white bodies and hard brown heads. The soldier is the defender of the colony, protecting the queen and all of her subjects.
Workers are the smallest subterranean termites, growing to be, at the most, ¼ of an inch in length. With a hunger for wood, these termites destroy your home to feed and expand their colonies, which can cause you thousands of dollars in hard to get at repairs.
There are termites in my yard, is my house in danger?
It is not uncommon to find termites in your yard. Tree stumps, wood piles, and mulch attract them and provide them with the cellulose they need to survive. If you find termites 15 feet from your home, chewing on a tree, there is a good chance they haven't gotten into your house yet. But you should have that taken care of by a termite control professional as quick as possible.
Can I remove termites from my home by myself?
Do-it-yourself termite removal can be dangerous and inadequate. Many pesticides, if not used properly, are toxic, and you risk the chance of dividing the colony into two and doubling your problem. The safest way to fully rid your home of termites is by hiring a certified pest professional. Have them do a full inspection of your home and ask them about the most recent advances in pest removal technology, such as the Sentricon® System.
Termites cause over 5 billion in property damage each year in the U.S. alone. Have your home cleared of any existing termites and protected against future infestation. When it comes to termites, you really only have to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?"
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