Texas Termite Control experts confirm that the Eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite and broadly distributed species within the United States.
Termites are a widespread problem throughout Texas and especially here in the Houston area.
It is estimated that one out of every five homes is infested with these wood destroying creatures. Termites are responsible for causing millions of dollars of damage each year to homes and businesses throughout the United States.
The Eastern subterranean termite has a voracious appetite for common building materials including the most widely used construction studs and timber used in Houston – Southern pine.
Termites devour the interior of wood sources leaving only a waffered shell with the hard layers left behind. Inside these hollowed out sections, the termites pack moist soil, which is essential to their survival.
A termite colony is made up of the queen, king, winged reproductives, soldiers and worker termites. Each member of the family has a different job to perform and all are dependent upon each other for the colony to survive.
Queen/King – The sole purpose of the queen is to lay eggs and she is extremely large in comparison to her off-spring. She will lay more than 2000 eggs per day and can live beyond 25 years. The king and queen reside in the central chamber of the nest and are well protected and cared for in by the worker termites.
Workers – The workers make up the largest part of the Eastern subterranean termite colony.
They are soft bodied and creamy translucent colored. They construct the tunnels, tend to the queen, king, and nymphs, feed the soldiers, repair and enlarge the colony, groom each other, gather the food, and are responsible for causing damage to wood.
Worker termites are blind, sterile, have a life span of two years, and work 24 /7.
Soldiers – Soldier termites defend the colony from their enemy…ants. Soldiers are orange colored and have an armored head with pinchers which are used to crush ants.
Winged Reproductives – Also known as “swarmers” or “alates”, male and female winged reproductives will swarm during daylight hours.
Poor flyers and swept by the wind, swarmers that find a mate will release their wings, burrow underground, and become the queen and king of a new termite family. Swarming occurs when a mature nest is well established and a warning that pest control services are needed.
If you find termites –
It’s imperative that you not disturb them. A Texas pest control expert will be able to correctly identify which species of destructive termite is attacking your home or business so that a proper termite control program can be formulated.
Termite activity and termite damage is often hidden. That’s why an annual termite inspection is a wise investment to help protect your greatest asset.
After all, the best time to stop termites is — before they get established in your home.
For termite inspection, termite control, or general pest control in the Houston area –
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Kingwood / Houston Pest Control – 281-440-5355
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