What do they look like?
Termites live in colonies organized into a caste system. These colonies are made up of soldier termites, worker termites, and the king and queen who are responsible for establishing a nest and reproducing. Termites vary in shades of cream to brown. They have an elongated, cylindrical bodies with straight antennae that differentiates them from the narrow waists and elbowed antennae seen in ants. Workers and soldiers measure around 1/2 an inch long, whereas kings and queens are notably larger at approximately an inch or more in length. King and queen termites are able to grow wings to migrate and establish new colonies. There are numerous termite species, however, the Pacific dampwood termite is particularly notable in British Columbia. These dampwood termites primarily live in damp, unsound wood such as old stumps or rotting fence.
Where do they come from?
Some termite colonies, though not all, tend to inhabit moist environments or areas in close proximity to water. They also live close to their food source comprising of wood and plants, or plant-based products. Colonies are typically located outdoors, but some species of termites may migrate and nest within the wooden framework of a building. Termites can enter a home through cracks and crevices extending from the outside. Their small size allows them to easily enter through obscure entry points along the walls and foundations.
Will they cause any damage to my home or business?
Termite colonies located indoors may become a significant safety hazard. These termites compromise the structural integrity of a building through their feeding activity. If not detected soon enough, these damages may become significantly costly to fix or replace. Without termite control, they will be free to feed on plant-based products in a residence, such as wallpaper, documents and fabric. In the outdoors, wooden objects are susceptible to termite attacks. These include lamp posts, utility poles and wooden sheds.
Will they cause me or my family to become sick?
Termites pose a low health risk. They are not known to transmit diseases to humans, but have been associated with allergies caused by the insects or their nests.
Where will I generally find them in my home or business?
The location of termite nests generally depends on the species present. In the outdoors, they are typically located in isolation or distributed beneath the ground, in trees, decaying wood, wooden posts and other wood-based material. Subterranean termites tend to live underground in proximity to moist soil, sprinklers, drainage pipes or other water source. Termites may also be found nesting in the wooden framework of a building. Dampwood termites are known to nest in damp areas of residence where there is wet wood to feed on. Termites are also attracted to heated areas in a household.
Why do I have to get rid of them?
The presence of termites in a residence pose a significant safety hazard to occupants. Their feeding activity causes structural damage and if left too long, may become correspondingly costlier to fix or replace. They also damage wooden materials in the outdoors, such as utility poles, that may have notable consequences for nearby residences. Though not considered a serious health risk, termites do affect human health by causing allergic reactions in some individuals.
How can 1st Pest Control help?
At 1st Pest Control we specialize in pest and wildlife remediation, such as termite control. Termites are prevalent throughout single family homes, multi-family buildings and commercial properties in the Lower Mainland. With industry-leading techniques and pest control methods, you can feel secure that your home or business is being treated to the highest industry and safety standards by our Certified Pest Control Technicians. By combining both environmentally-friendly pest control services and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, we will create a specialized treatment program tailored to your specific location and infestation. Our mission is to eradicate pests in your home or business to give you peace of mind and to ensure the safety of you and those you care about.
When can we get started?
Today! Call 1st Pest Control and our Certified Pest Control Technicians and friendly office staff will begin creating a customized treatment program to get your pest problem under control. 1-844-PEST-CANADA (737-8226).
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