Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Silent and Stealthy Subterranean Termite

A stealthy and determined force of nature, termites are a cause of stress and worry for many homeowners throughout the United States, especially in the Gulf Coast region. Commonly referred to as “the silent destroyers,” termites will silently feed on the wood and other materials within homes 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.1
If left untreated, termites are capable of causing costly damage to the structural wood of your most valuable possession – your home. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage every year in the U.S.2
sub-termite-workers-soldiers.jpgTermites are small, ant-like insects. However, they differ from ants in that they generally feed off the cellulose in wood. Working largely undetected under the surface, they can tunnel through the wooden structure of buildings and completely destroy them. Wood that comes in contact with the soil, such as the exterior trim on your home, provides a perfect point of entry for a termite colony.
There are many types of termites, with the most common and dangerous ones being subterranean termites. Some common physical characteristics of the subterranean termites include wings, six legs and an antenna. They are between 1/8” to 1” in size, and generally long, oval or narrow in shape. Perhaps their most distinctive trait is their creamy brown color.
Subterranean termites (variations include Eastern subterranean, Western subterranean, Formosan termites, Desert subterranean) originate in the soil as it provides optimal temperatures and moisture for their survival. They may live in areas above the ground or completely underground, and are known to build tunnels to transport food. They grow quickly and build new colonies yearly.
In the spring, large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” typically emerge inside homes. Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge inside homes. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air, and then swarm to disperse and start new colonies. If Subterranean termites colonies get big enough (colonies as large as two million have been reported3), they will further disperse and create satellite colonies.
Unlike most termites that only feed on wood, these termites feed on almost everything including beams, sub-flooring, insulation, foundation and plastic plumbing pipes. Coupled with their non-stop eating habits and quick growth rate, the termite colonies can easily be blamed for destroying homes and commercial buildings. The subterranean termite destruction is not limited to structures; they damage to living shrubs and trees as they eat into them, eventually killing them.
Due to their dangerous and destructive nature, and the fact subterranean termites can  be found everywhere in your house, it is important to take precautionary measures so that you can keep your property safe. Homeowners should get their house inspected semi-annually, especially if there are signs of pests or if it has been previously infested.
If you think you might have a termite  infestation, it’s critical to seek help from a trusted exterminator. Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions specializes in the diagnosis and removal of termite infestations in Olive Branch, Mississippi and surrounding areas. If you think you might be experiencing termite or other pest issues, contact us at 901-377-9915.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tips to Diagnosis a Subterranean Termite Infestation

Termites are a subject that often leaves people feeling a little itchy and uncomfortable. There are three groups of termites which include dry wood, damp wood, and subterranean. Besides the obvious location of their colonies, there are several other factors that can help you identify a subterranean species.
 
  • Swarmers – Also known as alates, these winged termites are dark-brown or black and are ½ to ¼ inch long.
  • Workers – The subterranean worker termite does not have wings, is cream colored, and is generally ¼ inch or less in length.
  • Soldiers – This category is also wingless and has a very large jaw structure. They defend the colony and are white or cream colored with a brown head.
  • Damaged wood – Because the nests of the subterranean termite is underground, the area that is damaged often will have soil or mud within the wood. They also only eat the soft wood portions, so the rest of the wood can have a layered appearance. Additionally, the wood is eaten in a pattern that is with the grain.
  • Nest location – While subterranean nests might be located above ground, this only happens when conditions above ground have ample amounts of moisture and the colony is well established.
 
Signs of Infestation
A subterranean termite infestation begins when an established colony sends out a swarm of winged termites because of an onset of warm temperatures and significant moisture. Winged reproductive males and females make up the swarm which can be mistaken for flying ants. Swarmers have four wings that are all the same size. After mating, they land and shed their wings. If there are piles of wings on window sills, you could have an infestation, especially if the wings are all the same size.
 
Subterranean termites build large colonies, which are composed of intricate tunnels and chambers. When the termites eat wood, they leave mud and soil in the place of the wood to keep the moisture level consistent. If these muddy tunnels are noticeable on the walls or foundation of your home there is a good probability you have a subterranean termite infestation.
 
At Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions, we specialize in the diagnosis and removal of termite infestations in Olive Branch, Mississippi and surrounding areas. If you think you might be experiencing termite or other pest issues, contact us today. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions: Here for All Your Pest Control Needs

The warm climate here in Mississippi makes our state the perfect breeding ground for a variety of household pests. According to the University of Mississippi, there are hundreds of different insects and furry creatures that can that invade the southern home. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to eradicate these unsolicited guests, they can overtake your home, leaving you unable to keep up with the problem. This is when it is best to call in an expert. And, if you have faced infestation issues in the past, preventative pest control services are an excellent way to deter visitors from making themselves at home again.
Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions in Olive Branch, Mississippi provides customers with a full range of pest control services, including:
 
  • Rodents – Mice, rats and other vermin are not only unwanted visitors, they also carry with them diseases that can be major health concerns. At Rid All, we offer free estimates to not only control, but exterminate the problem. We help our customers determine trouble spots in their home and come up with a comprehensive plan to remove the current unwelcomed guests and prevent future pests from moving in.
  • Termites and carpenter ants – Both termites and carpenter ants can be very damaging to your home. While termites and their larvae actually eat wood, carpenter ants gain no nutritional value from wood; rather, they damage it building their nests. Rid All takes the time to not only eliminate the insects, but also will provide inspection services to see if they are impacting other areas of your home.
  • Cockroaches – Cockroaches are a perennial issue in the Southern states. Warm, moist conditions create the perfect breeding ground. Getting rid of roaches requires persistence and expertise to get to the source of the problem. In addition to preventative measures such as keeping your home clean and keeping food stored in airtight containers, a major infestation requires expert assistance to ensure that you are able to remove the entire infestation.
 
Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions offers preventative pest control services as well as removal and extermination assistance. And, because pest issues do not always occur during business hours, they have 24/7 emergency services. They have been helping residents and businesses in Olive Branch and surrounding communities with their pest control issues since 1997. Contact them today at 901-377-9915 for a free consultation and service estimate.