Termite Identification

What are termites?

Eastern subterranean termites live throughout much of the United States. Their life's work is to maintain their colony, feeding its many members with water-damaged or decaying wood. Outside, their feeding habits clear the ground of decaying organic matter; inside our Portsmouth homes, their feeding habits cause costly damage.

An eastern subterranean termite colony divides itself into different castes, or groups: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Worker termites are the largest caste and are responsible for gathering food to feed their entire colony. Soldiers are responsible for providing defense, and as their name describes, reproductive termites (queens and males) create new colony members and help the colony grow.

a termite on wood in portsmouth ohio

Are termites dangerous?

Termites invading your home is very dangerous. Their ability to work out of sight and without notice for months or years enables these insects to cause extensive damage. It is typically their damage that alerts home or business owners of an infestation. Termite damage to a home's structural wood is expensive to repair and not covered by most homeowners' insurance.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Moisture and sources of food are what attract termites to a property. Termites do not need to be nesting in your yard for them to invade your house to feed on its structural wood. A termite nest on a neighboring property could still affect your home and bank account. Termites do not nest within the wood they are feeding on. They travel from their nest to a food source each day.

Where will I find termites?

Eastern subterranean termites live outside in large nests they create under the ground in damp soil. People don't typically see termites except in the case of a termite swarm. A termite swarm usually occurs in the spring and is when winged reproductive emerge or "swarm" from their nest to find a mate and create a new colony of their own.

On a day-to-day basis, termites are in their nest, traveling through the soil or mud tubes, or feeding on the interior of wood like tree stumps, fallen trees, logs, tree roots, beams, posts, and structural timbers.

Termites can live and feed in and around our home for months or years without notice giving them the common name "silent invaders." Things like windows and doors no longer opening correctly, sagging floors, exposed wood riddled with holes, or walls with blistered paint are signs of a termite infestation.

How do I get rid of termites?

Eastern subterranean termites are best eradicated from properties with the help of a trained and experienced professional. Our professionals know how to identify, eliminate, and prevent problems with wood-eating termites. At Ohio Pest Control, we offer the customized services needed to provide you with a property that is free of termites throughout the entire year.

Our family owned and operated company will protect your family and property from destructive termites and other pests. Learn more about our effective and industry-leading termite control options by reaching out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your yard and home against termites:

  • Avoid water accumulation next to your foundation by making sure to repair leaky fixtures and making sure gutters are directing water away from the outside of your home.
  • Reduce humidity levels in basements and crawl spaces by using dehumidifiers.
  • Remove unnecessary wood scraps and construction debris from your home and yard.
  • Eliminate wood contact with the soil. Any wood on your home should have at least a one-inch gap between it and the ground.
  • Replace moisture-absorbing wood mulch with rubber mulch or another non-organic material that is less attractive to termites.
  • Seal holes or cracks that develop in the foundation of your home.

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