Termites

These animals are usually light brown or dark brown in color and can range from 1/8 to 3/8 inches in length.

Termites Begin to swarm in the spring. They can cause costly structural damage by tunneling their way through solid wood. Termites feed on any structure containing wood and enter through small cracks.

Dry Wood Termites

  • Eat and live in wood structures.
  • Known to attack paper, furniture, wall boards, and cloth
  • Swarm yearly to start new colonies

Subterranean Termites

  • Live underground in search of food
  • Enjoy warmth
  • Mud tunnels between soil and wood structures of homes are signs of infestation
  • Can enter through cracks as small as 1/64th of an inch.
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Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.

Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.

Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.

Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.

Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.

Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.