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Drywood Termites

Swarmers (winged termites) are dark brown in color with smokey-black wings that have black veins, approximately 7/16 of an inch long and have red-brown head and thorax. Nymphs are off-white in color with yellow-brown heads. Soldiers have reddish-brown heads with large mandibles and light colored bodies.

 

Reproductive swarms are triggered by light, moisture and warmth, usually after a rain (like subterranean termites). They need no earth wood contact other than natural moisture in the wood. Nymphs begin working after hatching, serving as worker castes. They molt 7 times to become either adult, reproductive's or soldiers. Fecal pellets have 6 grooves and are slightly less that 1/16 of an inch long and very even with a “sand-like” appearance.

When temperature, humidity and light are optimal, swarmers like these may be found in areas like windowsills, light fixtures, bathrooms, kitchens and other areas in your home. These dead swarmers may be an indication that there are significant infestation(s) and termite damage in your home. Ask your inspector about treatment methods for these voracious pests

Subterranean Termites

Termites are unique insects.  Unlike most insects, they live in large colonies and feed on wood.  This ability to consume wood makes them among the most important structural insect pests in the United States.  There is no question that the thought of thousands of hungry insects consuming the structure of your house is frightening.  Fortunately, you can take steps to make sure your house is not damaged by termites.

 

Next you will need to determine which termite is causing your problem, because managing different types of termites requires different techniques.  Subterranean termites are one of three types of termites found in the Southern California Area.  They are small, require moist soil or construct shelter tubes from the soil to above ground wood.  The tubes are made of soil mixed with bits of wood or termite fecal matter, and are not made by other common termites.

 

These termites live in the soil and must maintain contact with the ground or some other moisture source to survive.  The build earthen tubes from the ground into the structure for protection from predators and to help maintain a moist environment.  

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