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Eastern Subterranean Termites
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The Eastern Subterranean termite is the most common and most widely distributed termite in North America. It is a problem for home owners from southern Ontario in Canada, south throughout the Eastern United States and as far west as Montana.

This native American pest feeds on such cellulose materials as structural wood, wood fixtures, paper, books, and cotton. Occasionally, it will even attack the roots of shrubs and trees.

A mature colony of Eastern Subterranean termites can range from a low of 20,000 to a high of 5 million workers, with an average of 300,000. The colony's queen will add 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to the total.

While Eastern Subterranean termite colonies are not the largest termite colonies you can find, there will often be more than one of them working in a single building. Signs of "Eastern Subs" include dirt-colored tubes built to serve as protected paths from the earth to the wood the termites are feeding on, and the translucent wings shed by the kings and queens during swarming. Swarming usually occurs in the spring, but other, smaller swarms can occur throughout the summer and fall.

If you believe your home may be in danger from Eastern Subterranean Termites, contact us immediately for a free home inspection.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live in dry (usually less than 12% moisure), sound wood and derive their moisture requirements from the wood they consume. Infestations can occur in structural timbers in buildings, pieces of furniture, flooring, doors and doorframes, window trim, wooden picture frames, and other isolated pieces of wood. Their colonies are relatively small, with a few thousand members lacking the true worker caste, and there are often multiple colonies in the same structue.

Drywood Termite Galleries - Drywood termites do not need a connection to soil and there is no soil in their feeding galleries. They do not build mud tunnels; they construct large, irregular galleries than run across and with the wood grain, with a very smooth, clean, and sandpaper-like appearance. The galleries are connected by openings small enough for one termite to pass through.

The sure sign of drywood termite feeding is their fecal pellets that are ejected from the galleries via kickout holes, often found right below the damaged wood. These pellets are quite distinctive, and are hard, elongated oval shaped with rounded ends, and have six concave sides.

If you believe your home may be in danger from Drywood Termites, contact us immediately for a free home inspection.

Powder Post Beetles

Power Post Beetles spend months or years inside the wood in the larval stage. Their presence is only apparent when they emerge from the wood as adults, leaving small openings and piles of powdery frass below. The holes are usually about the size of a round toothpick, depending on the species of beetle.

If conditions are right, female beetles may lay their eggs and reinfest the wood, continuing the lifecycle for generations. Heavily-infested wood becomes riddled with hold and rooms or basements packed with a dusty frass (wood that has passed through the digestive tract of the beetles).

The adult beetles emerge in the spring, mate, and begin laying eggs immediately. Females lay 20 to 60 eggs on bare wood surfaces, or inside previous emergence holes in finished wood. The larvae hatch out in 6 - 10 days and immediately tunnel into the wood. The larval stage will last 2 to 10 years. Furniture beetles pupate near the surface of the wood and chew their way out to mate.

Materials targeted by Power Post Beetles include both hardwood and softwood, although lyctids only infest hardwoods. Items that can be infested by Power Post Beetles include any wooden tools or tool handles, frames, furniture, gun stocks, books, toys, bamboo, flooring, and structural timbers.

If you believe you may have an infestation of Power Post Beetles, contact us immediately for a free home inspection.

Wood Decaying Fungi

Decay fungi grow on and in wood, and destroy the wood substances as they grow. Generally, conditions that are favorable for subterranean termites are also favorable for decay fungi, and vice versa. Termerature affects the activity of both termitews and decay fungi and thereby affects the rapidity of their destructive action.

Subterranean termites and decay fungi both require an abundance of moisture, but termites can obtain their moisture in galleries situated in moist soil and can then feed on dry wood, whereas most decay fungi cannot colonize and decay wood which is below the fiber saturation point, a moisture content of about 30%. However, some fungi can transport their own water from damp soil.

Dry Rot (Poria incrassata) is the most destructive fungus. It becomes established in wood on or under damp soil, such as in foundation forms left alongside a foundation or under a porch slab. It can transport it own water from the moist soil to normally dry wood. Both coniferous and broadleaf species of wood are attached, but the fungus is generally confined to structural timbers in building or to stored lumber. Poles, posts, ties, or slash in the forest are rarely attacked. The fungus occurs throughout most of the United States, but particularly in the southern and Pacific Coast states.

The wood is moist while the fungus is alive, and in a cross section of infested timber, progress of the fungus is indicated by a dark stain. The common name, "dry rot," presumably derives from the appearance of the wood after the fungus is dead. The severly decayed wood is brown, and breaks up into irregular chunks resulting from shrinkage cracks both across and in the direction of the wood fiber.

If you believe you may have a problem with Wood Decaying Fungi, contact us immediately for a free home inspection.

free estimates

We offer free commercial and residential pest control estimates for termites or beetles after an on-site inspection.

First, we access your pest situation to determine what kind of pest we're dealing and then determine the best approach to control and eliminate the pests.

For your free inspection, call your Local Area Representative, Donna Jackson, at 912-570-0016.

good to know

Termites Are Tough Invaders
Termites can and will chew through brick and concrete to invade structures.

Termites Are Very Destructive
Termites cause more damage than fires and storms in a typical year in the United States.