Termites may be small in size, but the damage they are able to do to your home can be tremendous. Here’s the truth about termites. They are social insects, and typically have thousands of members in their colony. There are many signs that you may have termite activity, but specifically be sure to look out for mud tubes, frass and the actual termites themselves.

Termites can eat through several pounds of wood in a year and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in damage. Specifically, Subterranean and Formosan termites are two of the most aggressive species to be aware of.

Subterranean Termites

subterranean termiteSubterranean Termites thrive in moist secluded areas, so avoiding pooling water around your home can help deter them. These termites are highly destructive. They have saw toothed-jaws which can bite off small fragments of wood at a time. They live in colonies of up to 2 million members. The subterranean termite can cause the collapse of entire buildings.

Active subterranean termite colonies produce winged swarmers, whose main purpose is reproducing to create new colonies. Often, they are confused with flying ants, so it’s important to know what they look like. These termites have straight antennae, a broad waist with only a head and one body segment, and two sets of wings of equal shape, while flying ants have 3 body segments, and wings of unequal shape. If you see one of these in your home, it’s time to call Nvirotect.

Formosan Termites

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Formosan Termites are the most gluttonous and destructive of all known termite species, which is why they are commonly referred to as “super termites”. These pale yellow and brown nuisances are always looking for a source of food, whether it be a dead tree or the foundation of your home. Like subterranean termites, the Formosan termites are attracted to moist areas. It’s important to avoid letting the wood in your home become damp. Whether its utility poles, trees, homes, or electrical cabling; no surface is safe from these menaces.

Formosan swarmers are also confused with flying ants, as they are very similar in appearance to subterranean termites. Watch out for these yellow-brown insects, because they can mean serious damage for your home!

Stopping Termites in Their Tracks

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As the leading provider of state-of-the-art termite services, Nvirotect focuses on protecting the structures of your home while eliminating the threat. Because every home and business is different, our team conducts a free property assessment to find the best solution for every termite situation and tell you the truth about termites.

At Nvirotect, we only use the best products to treat and prevent termite infestations to your home or building structures. That is why we use Sentricon’s Always Active. Through a unique combination of bait and behavior targeted techniques, Sentricon protects structures while maintaining environmentally responsible chemistry. Why is Sentricon the best? It’s trusted to protect landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Capital building against the destructible ways of termites.

Don’t let subterranean termites or Formosan termites take over your home. If you identify either of these pests in your home, contact Nvirotect as soon as possible to help minimize damage.

Dealing with termites in your home? Contact Nvirotect today!