Termites are social wood-destroying insects that live in large colonies. The eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite species in North America. They have soft bodies, pinchers, and straight antennae. Termites are white to light brown in color and ¼ to ½ of an inch in length. These insects prefer warmer climates and are not very common here in Wisconsin.
Subterranean termites cause the most damage of any termite species. They constantly eat wood using their saw-toothed jaws. A long-term termite infestation in a home can cause severe structural damage. It is estimated that they cause over $5 billion in damage every year.
Why Do I Have Them?
Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood, soil, and leaf litter. If you have termites, it is probably because you have moist, wet wood around your property. Subterranean termites will build mud tubes that provide them a moist, protective passageway to food sources. Termites are silent destroyers that often go unnoticed until it is too late. If your neighbor has termites, there is a likely chance your property will be invaded by swarming termites looking for a place to make a new colony.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
A termite infestation can be devastating to your house. These silent destroyers can cause severe damage to your home’s structural integrity if left untreated. Weakened foundations, beams, and other supports can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Termites do not bite or sting, but they can cause allergic reactions due to the dust and droppings they produce.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Termites?
Termites are a difficult pest to eliminate from your home. Our pest management professionals conduct thorough inspections and use highly effective termite removal treatments to properly manage termite problems. Since every home is different, our technician will create a customized action plan for your situation.
Termites are not very common here in Wisconsin. Carpenter ants are actually the most common wood-destroying insect in Wisconsin. If you notice damaged wood, mud tubes, or piles of sawdust, contact our expert pest exterminators. We are ready to help you!
Termite control can be difficult, but here are a few things you can do to help prevent future termite infestations. Eliminate damp, moist areas by fixing water leaks and improving air ventilation and humidity. Trim back vegetation and foliage away from your house. Relocate any woodpiles at least ten to fifteen feet away from your home. Remove old, rotten trees and stumps from your yard.