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Pests We Treat - Damaged materials from termites in Lavallette



Damaged materials from termites in Lavallette
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This home suffered damage to the wood studs and even the paper on the sheetrock. Termites may eat wood, but they are really after what the wood is made of - cellulose. Cellulose can be found in its original form as building materials or in more refined forms such as paper and drywall. As long as the material is softer than their hardened mandibles, these relentless insects will either eat it or chew through it in order to reach a food source. This particular area of the home was a "termite magnet" because it was backed up to the furnace and water heater room. The heat from those two appliances warming the slab was like a gold leaf invitation welcoming the termites into the home. Subterranean termite are ground-dwelling social insects that live in colonies. These colonies are often found in the soil nearby homes and other structures. The depth of their colony depends on the temperature and moisture, but they can be as deep as 20 feet in the ground. Termites are fragile and cannot be exposed to the outdoor elements, so their colonies are always connected to the soil and close to a moisture source. To protect themselves, the workers build mud tubes to structural wood where they then feed. The mud tubes protect the termite workers from light and help maintain the moisture and humidity levels they need to survive. Although mud tubes look like they are made of mud, they are actually made of soil mixed with their own feces and saliva.