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Termites are a colonizing insect and follow the same type of social structure as more commonly known insects like ants and bees. There is a queen, swarmers, soldiers and workers. Each termite has a job to do and they work together for the benefit of the colony. The damage done by termites to a building is mostly internal, and when treated properly by a licensed professional can usually be controlled before any major structural damage occurs. New colonies are established by "swarmers". The presence of swarmers is seasonal and are seen usually in the spring and early summer. Swarmers have wings and fly through the neighborhood searching for a new place to start a community. When a swarmer has found a place for the new colonies home, their wings fall off, they establish a new queen termite, and the process of destruction begins.
The following data is for informational use only. We do not recommend anyone attempting to inspect any areas of a home for termite infestations. If you suspect termites are present, contact us or your local licensed professional.
Drywood termites: Drywood termites are probably the most common type of termite. Like all termites, the majority of damage these termites do is deep within the structure of a home and usually not visible to the untrained eye. There is, however, several tell tale signs of these critters when they are present. Small, "tunnel like" grooves they chew into wood, followed by "grain like" pellets, usually in piles or spilling out of these little grooves. Drywood termites should only be eradicated by a licensed professional.
Subterranean termites: These termites live underground. They mix soil with their excrement creating small mud-like tubes that usually are seen going up the foundation of a house (from underneath) and guide their armies of soldiers and workers to the wood frame structure of a building, where they feed and destroy the wood from within. When there is danger for these termites, the soldiers make a small 'clicking' noise with their jaws that is loud enough to be heard by the human ear. Just like their drywood cousin's, these termites should only be controlled by treatment from a licensed professional.
Carpenter bees: Commonly mistaken as bumble bees, a carpenter bee is a large bee who's body is either solid black or red (no yellow stripes). Rather than building a honeycomb, carpenter bees have powerful jaws and they bore holes into wood where they lay their larvae. When a large swarm is present, these bees can do substantial damage in a fairly short period of time.
Although they look intimidating to the average person, carpenter bees are not known for there stinging power and the black carpenter bees will usually just buzz around angrily when their home is invaded. On the other hand, the red carpenter bees have been know to "bite" rather than sting, and they say it hurts! We recommend that if you see or suspect a swarm or infestation of carpenter bees, contact us or your licensed professional.
Dry rot: a wood destroying organism, also known as fungus. Dry rot is caused from wood's continous exposure and contact with moisture and can be extremely damaging. Any evidence of dry rot should be inspected by a licensed professional, as this condition can exist deep within the walls of a structure and needs to be eradicated properly assuring the source of the moisture is found and the cause completely eliminated.