What are Termites? Termites are social insects which live in colonies under the ground.
They come from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways in floors and foundation walls. They mostly live below the soil surface.
Termites are also known as White Ants in some areas.
There are over 2,600 species of termites worldwide. Only about 5% are significant pests to homes and buildings. In North America, dampwood, drywood and subterranean termites are a threat to structures, with subterranean termites causing billions of dollars of damage each year.
Termite colonies can contain millions of members. These termite colonies are very organized, with all members working to find sources of food. Members within the colony usually consist of:
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Typically Spring is when Swarmers will begin to emerge inside a home. The presence of Swarmers in your home or their wings, which they shed, could be a sign of termites.
It is essential to take immediate action at the first signs of infestation in your home.
Ehrlich Termite Control can help you if you have detected termites.
Termites are considered to be the most destructive insect pests in the world.
Termites will eat away at any wood – be it wall, ceiling or floor. If left untreated, termites can seriously weaken the wood within your home leading to the possible collapse of the building.
The most obvious signs of termite damage in your home are mud tubes.
Mud tubes act as protection for termites and are commonly found near the foundations of your home.
Check for signs of termite infestation in areas where wood contacts the ground.
A termite’s diet primarily consists of eating cellulose.
Cellulose is found in wood and plant fibre. Along with wood, termites can feed on mulch, books, paper and even insulation.
Even if your home is built primarily of brick or stone, you can still find yourself with a termite problem, because structural supports as well as other building components are constructed of wood and other cellulose containing materials.
To learn more about termites and steps to take in order to treat for termites, please visit our How to Get Rid of Termites section.
With over 80 years of experience, Ehrlich has the know-how to protect your home from termites.
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