What are termites?

Subterranean termites are the most common termite species and the most destructive. Like other termites, they live in large colonies consisting of different castes, workers, soldiers, and reproductives.

Workers are the largest group, tasked with caring for the young, foraging for food, and building tunnels. Soldiers are the second largest group, and as their name suggests, they protect the colony. The reproductives in a colony are queens and reproductive males.

Termite colonies can have hundreds of thousands, even millions, of members depending on how old the colony is.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are not directly dangerous because they don’t spread diseases, sting, or bite. However, they can still be some of the most dangerous pests to infest a home because they cause damage by eating their way through the structure of a house. While this damage is not dangerous right away, it can lead to collapses as time goes on without treatment to get rid of the termites.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites consume organic matter made of cellulose, primarily wood. On a residential property, this can include:

  • Fence posts
  • Decks
  • Dead trees, stumps, and logs
  • Woodpiles
  • Wood that makes up a home’s structure

Subterranean termites are primarily attracted to decaying wood or wood that touches the soil. Because of this, if you are dealing with subterranean termites, there is a good chance you also have leaks or moisture issues.

Where will I find termites?

Subterranean termites colonies live underground and infest properties through the foundation. They build mud tubes made out of wood, soil, and saliva. These mud tubes can extend several feet off the ground. These tubes help protect subterranean termites from predators and becoming dehydrated as they travel between their nest and the food source.

Once they make their way inside, subterranean termites will feast on decaying or water-damaged wood, which can be all through a home, from inside walls, baseboards, ceilings, and door frames.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you suspect you have termites in your New York home, you should contact us at PDF Finest Pest Management right away. Our trained service technicians will identify your wood-destroying pest problem and treat it appropriately. We use a termite baiting system or will drill into the foundation to deposit termiticide. We also offer eco-friendly treatment options to ensure your family and pets are safe!

Give us a call at PDF Finest Pest Management to learn more about our termite control solutions in Long Island and New York City!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

If you are recovering from a termite infestation, you should look to replace any water-damaged or decaying wood to keep termites from reinfesting. You should also seal any cracks and holes in the exterior of your home to keep termites out.

With yearly home and commercial termite inspections, you can ensure that your property is safe from costly termite damage, so contact us at PDF Finest Pest Management today!