Quality Termite Control Services for the Greenville, NC Area
Everything you “wood” like to know about Termites
Quality Termite & Pest Control Inc. is fully licensed and equipped to offer you a complete range of pest-control and extermination services. We have the technical expertise, as well as the experience, to ensure your home or office is pest-free in no time at all!
How to Recognize When you Have a Termite Problem
Subterranean termites live underground or in protected areas such as wood. There is always at least one queen and many more reproductive may also be present. Most people never see a queen, but may have seen swarmers or workers. The total number of individuals in a colony of subterranean termites may be more than a million. Imagine a million insects, which are blind and are very sensitive to heat, cold, and dry air. This sensitivity is why they build shelter tubes or “mud tubes.” In fact, they need to maintain an atmosphere of nearly 100% humidity. Sometimes finding shelter tubes, a little smaller diameter than a pencil, is the first sign of a termite infestation. Workers are just that… the workers of the colony. They find new food sources (vegetation or wood containing cellulose). Upon finding a food source, the termites put down a chemical signal pr pheromone to lead the other workers to the feeding site.
Termites do not attack your house or building. They forage, attracted by moist areas, and find food sources. Termites do a very good job of breaking down cellulose in the soil. When they discover your house or other buildings, they become a real pest and that is where the professional pest control company comes in. In the spring in most areas of the country and depending on the species, healthy subterranean termite colonies will swarm or send out winged reproductive’s to start new colonies. The swarmers are darker in color, some species almost black, and have four wings. One frequent question is how to tell termites from ants. Ants generally do not swarm the same time as termites but it can happen.
The following is a description of how to tell termites from ants
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