Termites

Termites are one of the topmost feared pests for homeowners to find in their homes. Luckily, they are not that common here in Wisconsin since most termite species prefer warmer climates. The most common species of termite which is actually the only native termite to Wisconsin is the subterranean termite. Drywood termites have also been found in the state on occasion. While both of these termite species are found in Wisconsin, carpenter ants are more likely to be the cause of wood damage to homes instead of termites. 

Like ants, termites live in colonies ranging from just a few hundred to millions. Colonies also have a queen that lays all the eggs for the colony. Termites are roughly ⅛ inch to an inch in length with a milky white to yellowish-tan coloration. Both termite species in Wisconsin are considered lower termites which means they feed on cellulose from plant material.

How Do I Get Rid of Termites?

Identifying if you have termite problems can be difficult because termites are silent destroyers. They hide from sight even during feeding. Colonies work 24/7 and most infestations will go undiscovered until serious damage is already done. 

If you feel that you may have termites, we recommend giving us a call here at Advanced Wildlife Control to help you with all your residential, commercial, and industrial termite problems. All of our technicians are trained to properly identify and treat all termite-related problems. Based on your home and the termite infestation, we will create a plan to eliminate your current termite problems as well as protection against future termites. 

Our goal here at Advanced Wildlife Control is to make sure your pest control problems are taken care of as quickly as possible. Therefore, we can be out at your property on the same day when you call or the next day. We do not require any contracts for our customers. 

Having firewood piles close to your home can attract termites. Yards with more dead and rotten trees are prone to have termites since they enjoy moist, weathered wood. Like ants, termites are attracted to moist, dark areas. For example, an old deck with rotten wood near the ground is perfect for termites. If your neighbor has termite problems, there is also the chance those termites might find there way over to your property eventually. 

Signs that you have Termites:

  • Damaged & Hollow wood
  • Cracked paint
  • Sawdust-like droppings
  • Mud tubes along the bottom level of a home

Definitely Yes! Termites can cause some serious structural damage to homes which can cause homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. 

To prevent termite infestations, eliminate sources of food & water

  • Eliminate any areas of standing water or damp areas, especially around decks and the foundation
  • Reduce humidity in attics and basements with proper ventilation
  • Store woodpiles away from the home (at least 20 feet)
  • Remove old, rotten trees and stumps from your yard

Give Advanced Wildlife Control a call if termites have already infested your home. Our technicians will eliminate your termite problems at the source and help protect your home against future termite problems.

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Subterranean termites cause 95% of all termite damage in North America. They are the most destructive insect pest of woods in the United States and cause more than $2 billion in property damage each year. These termites live in colonies underground, hence their name. They build extensive colonies in search of food through underground tunnels and mud tubes above the ground to protect against the open air. 

Subterranean termites are about ⅛ inch long and are a milky white to brown in color. Preferred food includes anything containing cellulose such as paper, fiberboard, wood, and even some fabrics. Only swarming termites have wings while soldier and worker ants are wingless. King and queen subterranean termites are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings about twice the length of their body.

Drywood termites are not native to Wisconsin but can be found here in instances when wood or furniture has been brought in from out of state. These termites are very secretive in their activity and are very hard to detect. They live deep inside wood, except during swarming periods, and are most likely to be discovered during repair work on homes where they have taken up residence. 

Drywood termites are about ½ inch to an inch in length and are light brown to white in color. They have four equal-sized wings that are approximately ½ inches in length. Preferred food includes dry wood. These termites swarm on sunny, warm days in search of food. The king and queen, both dark brown in color, feed the young on predigested food until they are able to feed themselves.