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Termite: The Problem

There are more than 2,600 known termite species found throughout the world, and fifty species are indigenous to the United States. Termites play an important role in nature because they recycle decaying plant matter and return important nutrients to the soil to keep our forests healthy.

Today, as the world population explodes and more and more forests are destroyed, termites are turning to the wooden beams inside the structure of our homes as a food source. The termite’s negative impact on our urban environment is most often described in economic terms, such as expenditures for damage and repairs and preventative treatment costs. Termites cause an estimated $6.5 billion in property damage in the U.S. annually. Most homes incurr about $7,900 in damage before the termites are even detected. A home is the largest single purchase that most of us will ever make, so treating that structure against termites is critical to protecting your investment.

The map below shows the distribution of the main species of termites found throughout the United States. Termites, especially Subterranean termites, are adapted to most cli mates and can be found almost anywhere throughout North America. The other species, although not as well distributed, make it not an uncommon occurrence for homeowners to face an infestation by multiple types.

SIZE: 1/8-3/8 of an Inch in Length
COLOR: Pale Peach, Light Brown, Dark Brown

Left undetected, this termite tirelessly attacks your home 24/7, causing dangerous and costly structural damage. Subterranean termites tunnel their way through wooden members, such as timbers in the structure of a house, as they search for and consume cellulose, the material found in the plant cells of wood. They are most likely to attack from beneath the structure, gaining access through the smallest cracks and imperfections in the foundation. As a rule, subterranean termites travel above ground for food (cellulose) and underground for moisture. A termite mud tunnel found between the soil and wood construction of your home is a sign of infestation.

SIZE: 1/8-3/8 of an Inch in Length 
COLOR: Very Light to Medium Brown

Drywood termites construct a virtual city within the wood. They carve out galleries in wood beams and use tunnels to move from place to place. Drywood termites swarm annually to start new colonies. Attic and eave areas are prime targets for swarmers in search of a nesting location, as are windowsills, baseboards, beams and door frames. A swarmer can enter a structure by penetrating the smallest crack or imperfection in the wood. Drywoods can also be introduced into the environment in infested furniture or construction materials.

SIZE: Up to 1” in Length (1/2”-5/8”)
COLOR: Black to Light Brown

Dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content, creating tunnels while eating across the grain of the wood. Wood in contact with the ground or with a high moisture content is vulnerable to attack. Logs, stumps, dead trees, leaky pipes, or gutters can provide favorable conditions for this insect. Dampwood termites are generally addressed by correcting these conditions conducive to infestation.

SIZE: 1/25 of an Inch in Length 
COLOR: Pale Yellow

The Formosan termite, a species of subterranean termite, is one of the most aggressive and destructive termites in the world. Often referred to as the “Super Termite,” Formosans cause extensive structural damage to your home by eating through wood at rapid rates. A Formosan colony can contain as many as eight million members and span 3,000 feet. These termites generally live underground, tunneling through the soil in search of food. To avoid exposure to light, Formosans may create mud tunnels above the surface.

Exterior Stumps • Stumps, dead tree roots, wood piles, mulch beds 
• Wood fences
• Decks and steps
• Sprinklers
• Landscaping timbers
• Mailboxes mounted on wood poles
• Wooden tool and potting sheds
Perimeter Cracks On Foundation • Penetrations through slab or foundation, 
   including plumbing andutility services
• Faulty drain lines 
• Air conditioning condensation lines  
• Abutting slabs and foundation walls 
• Raised foundations that extend from soil to structure
• Built up planter boxes
Interior Plumbing Leaks • Stress cracks of 1/64 inch in slab
• Plumbing leaks 
• Interior expansion joints 
• Shower pans
• Bath traps
• All wood members in a structure

Quality BugBuster's Termite Protection Plan provides protection for your home against ALL types of termites by combining treatment methods for these very unique species into one comprehensive program. One contract covers 50 termite species guaranteed! Find out why Quality BugBuster is the best choice for protecting your largest investment, your home.