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Pests We Treat Case Studies: Termite swarmers in Avenel

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 by Jim Regan

Challenge

We are in the midst of termite season! Each spring, termites swarm to find mates and establish new colonies. When these swarms take place in and just outside your home, they are downright scary to witness. While swarms do not damage homes, they are the obvious sign that termite nests are nearby. Other signs of termites before fining heavily destroyed wood are mud tubes and wood that's hollow when tapped.  

I recently performed a routine pest inspection in one of my Senior Citizen Buildings in Avenel where I came face-to-face with a very large termite infestation. The termites had made there way up to a window sill and proceeded to swarm by the hundreds. While swarms are alarming visual evidence, they don't show you the damage that's been done up until the time they have emerged.  

If you see one little termite, you may say to yourself how much wood can that little termite eat. And it's not that much. But termites live in colonies that contain thousands upon thousands of foraging workers. A mature eastern subterranean colony can contain up to a million workers, and an average-sized colony contains about 300,000 workers. Combined, those workers can eat about an ounce of wood per day. As days turn into weeks and weeks into years, those ounces turn into pounds and pounds of destroyed wood. An average-sized colony is estimated to be able to consume 22 linear feet of 2X4 pine board in a year.  

So, if you have signs of termites, don't panic. Termites do not rip through your house like a buzz saw causing imminent collapse. Rather, termite damage is slow and steady, and the sooner you resolve the problem, the better. Termites don't go away by themselves, every year, the colony just gets bigger and bigger. Termite queens are egg-laying machines that can live more than 25 years, producing more than 2,000 eggs daily.

To protect your biggest investment, consider having a pest control operator with experience in identifying and treating wood-destroying insects inspect to your home or commercial property every one to three years. By finding termite activity before it finds you, you can avoid thousands of dollars in costly repairs -- repairs are not covered by standard homeowner insurance policies since termite damage is considered preventable.

A termite treatment for this Avenel Senior Citizen Building has been scheduled and the queen of this colony will have an early retirement!

Solution

A termite treatment for this Avenel Senior Citizen Building has been scheduled and the queen of this colony will have an early retirement!