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What do termites look like?
Eastern Subterranean termites are a social insect that live and work together in very large underground nests. They divide themselves into three divisions of labor; the kings and queens are the reproductive members and are black or brown in color, they are larger than the others and have wings. The workers are a creamy white color and are blind; and the soldiers look very similar to the workers except they have large jaws and an elongated yellow head.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are not directly dangerous to humans as they do not bite or sting; however they can be extremely dangerous to the structure of your home. Because of how large their colonies are and how many members there are they can inflict significant damage resulting in expensive repairs.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Though they primarily feed on dead or water damaged wood, leaves and on soil, termites have no problem moving onto sound wood. Termites feed primarily on dead or water-damaged wood, leaves, and other debris but will move onto sound wood should they find their way into a structure. Like many other insects, termites take advantage of cracks, gaps and other openings on the exterior of structures and slip on inside.
How do you get rid of termites?
Getting rid of termites is difficult because you must eliminate the entire colony in order to be successful. At Thomas Pest Services, our termite control pros have undergone intensive training and offer the latest, most effective termite treatments including the installation of Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination Systems. For more information on termite control in Albany and throughout our service area, please contact us!
Termite prevention tips
To prevent termites from infesting your home or structure you should:
Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation.
Remove debris from your property like piles of leaves, and fallen trees and logs.
Reduce excess moisture around your home; make sure that gutters are not clogged and directing water away from your home.
Consider a termite inspection if you hear reports of neighbors dealing with termite infestations.