Do termites come from my neighbour

Do termites come from my neighbour?

Where do termites come from? Termites (also known as ‘white ants’) can travel upwards and horizontally. They build mud tubes to engage in their termite activity and food sourcing in the ground and allow them to travel up and down the tube.

Termites form colony that is established in the soil, and most landed homes are now built in clusters or in a connected row, the risks of getting a termite infestation may be higher. If your neighbour has a history of termite infestation, are you at risk of getting a termite infestation? The answer is a resounding yes!

Besides the termites’ movement and mobility in vertical and horizontal means, there are 2 important factors influencing the spread of infestation.

  1. Is the termite infestation resolved and under control? Are they addressing just the surface problem with a “contact kill” localized treatment instead of resolving the root source?
  2. Is the quality of treatment effective and responsive? In some treatments and solutions, the termiticide chosen are repellent form, and has compromised efficacies. For example, it may have minimum domino effect and less significant in colony elimination.

So what happens if your neighbour has a termite problem or has recently completed a termite control treatment?

#1: Engage in a termite control specialist to do a thorough inspection using Microwave technology or thermal imaging to detect if your home already has termite activity or early signs of infestation.

#2: Protect your home with quality and innovative termite solution. If your home is infested or already damaged by ‘white ants’, there is termite solution that halts termite feeding effectively to prevent further damage to your structure.

#3 Ensure consistent and regular monitoring and inspection to identify any potential risks and activities if any. It is important to detect early and take quick corrective measures.

#4: Adopt a healthy housekeeping habit and home maintenance to prevent food source to attract termites. Termites need food, water and shelter to survive. Follow the 10 things you can do to protect your home.

#5: Be informed and aware of termites and their signs. How do termites look like? Where to spot them? How to tell if your home has termites? For instance, Termites have a straight waist, straight antenna, and same length of wings. They are different and should not be mistaken for ants. Most people tend to get confused between Termites and Ants.

Now that you may have one of the answers to where do termites come from, what is the next step you should take to ensure your home has no termite activity? What determines an effective termite control- is it the pest control prices?

The 1 st step you should take is to request for a home inspection to identify potential signs or infestation risks. Fill in this fast and easy online form here today for a non-obligation home check service.

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Signs of termite damage

Statistically speaking, your property is far more likely to be damaged by termites than by fire.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damage annually. Just about every property in the U.S is at risk of termites.

As a home or business owner, you should be aware of the risk of termites poise to your property, especially because termite damage is not covered by most home insurance policies.

Early detection of termites can help to minimize the cost of repairs needed to fix any damage caused. At Ehrlich, we know the facts about termites, can spot the termite eggs and larvae and offer methods to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back.

If you are concerned, call Ehrlich today at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online for a FREE termite inspection of your home or business.

What does termite damage look like?

How do I know if I have termites? Your first clue to a termite problem may be small flying insects – known as termite Swarmers – flying near your windows and leaving behind their discarded wings. This phenomenon generally occurs in the spring time.

However, termites are active all year round, and as termite swarmers look very similar to flying ants, correct identification is critical as part of a professional customized solution.

Termites are secretive pests and spotting them can prove to be very tricky. They can live undetected in hollow doors and wall voids for many years.

Apart from spotting termite swarmers in the spring, another obvious indicator of their presence is the damage they inflict on properties. To actually tell if you have termites in your home, it is often easier to look for the early damage signs they can typically cause.

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Here are a few common signs of termites

Here are a few common signs of termites in your home or business that you might see (or hear)

Floor damage – Termites can damage laminate flooring and even skirting boards. Affected flooring may blister and sag in certain areas and checking underneath the flooring may help to uncover termite activity. You can also check if your floor feels more spongy and perhaps springs more than usual.

Wall damage – Look for unexplained cracks on internal walls. As termites consume cellulose found in timber within walls, the visible cracks could be a sign of termite activity inside.

Ceiling damage – Wooden ceilings, beams, architraves and rafters in attics are just as much at risk of termite damage as wooden structures located nearer ground level. Look for cracks on ceilings and cornices.

Foundation damage – The type of foundation your property is built on, has a big impact on how easy it may be for termites to gain entry in search of food. Although a lot of foundations nowadays are made of concrete – and termites do not eat concrete – they are able to squeeze into any crack within these concrete blocks and from there gain access to floor joists, which are still made out of wood. If you are building an extension, laying a chemical termite barrier beneath the concrete slab in order to prevent termites from traveling through foundation cracks. Homes with crawl spaces appear to be at greater risk of damage as their foundations are still traditionally made out of wood.

Sticking windows / doors – Windows and doors, which are infested with termites, may become difficult to open, as their tunneling and eating may make the frames irregular and misshapen.

Garden damage – Decking and wooden fence posts in your garden are at great risk of termites. Long-term damage could lead to collapse. Termite-treated wood or metal posts, can help to avoid this problem. Termites may also damage trees, leading to branches falling off.

Damaged Roof Tiles – Access moisture in your home due to loose, broken or damp roof tiles can attract termites. Broken roof tiles are a great source of moisture, which will attract termites and allow them access further inside your home. Once inside, termites are able to maneuver through a property easily and attack and eat away at wood components in all locations. Make it a habit to replace any damaged or water-logged roof tiles to avoid make your roof a haven for termites.

Weakened / hollow-sounding wood – Termites typically feed on wood underneath the surface, making them invisible. As they eat through the wood, without your knowledge, they create hollow galleries underneath the surface, making the actual structure sound hollow, if and when you knock or tap it. Wooden doors, furniture and wooden structural supports in your property are all at risk and should be checked if you are concerned.

Frass – Another word for termite droppings. Although they cause no damage, droppings are an obvious indicator of the presence of termites and the potential damage the pests can inflict in your property, as frass is the by-product of their eating.

Mud tubes on exterior walls – Act as protection for termites and are commonly found near the foundations of your home. Typically subterranean termite species build mud tubes, which also provides moisture. They are made up of soil and termite droppings. Avoid attracting termites by removing moisture rich environments, and storing firewood, mulch and wood chips away from the home. Look for mud tubes on exterior or basement walls. They are easy to spot with the naked eye.

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Do Ants Eat Termites?

What Eats Termites?

Termites face many predators in nature, and one of the most notable is the ant. Ants eat termites for a variety of reasons. Termites make great meals for ants because the they provide plenty of protein. Some of the more important motives have to do with reducing competition for resources.

Ants vs. Termites

Ants and termites require similar living habitats, making them natural competitors. Many species of both pests build nests underground. Like termites, carpenter ants also excavate wood. When ants eat termites, they benefit since they’re removing potential rivals for prime nesting sites.

How Do Ants Eat Termites?

Predator ants raid termite colonies and return home with their prey. Ants can’t digest termites on their own, so they feed them to their larvae first. Once the ant larvae break down a termite’s carcass, workers and queens are able to consume the insects.

Infestation Problems

Activity from either species in a home can result in costly damages. Termites harm houses by eating wood, while carpenter ants burrow into wood to create space for their colonies. The best way to take care of termite or ant infestations is through regular inspection, exclusion and control procedures.

Getting Rid of Termites or Ants

Homeowners experiencing problems should seal foundation cracks and holes to keep either pest from coming inside. Make sure wood supports on decks or porches don’t contact soil, and check that there is no excess moisture in the house. Since termite and ant control often depends upon the use of insecticides, pest control services from Orkin may be necessary to combat an infestation.

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Termite treatment

Did you know termites can devalue a home by more than 25%?

If you find yourself under attack by the destructive nature of termites, you want someone you can trust to quickly restore your sense of comfort and safety. At Ehrlich, our termite treatment plans are tailored specifically for your particular needs.

No matter if you are in Pittsburgh, Miami, New York City or anywhere else across the U.S., we provide the same high quality treatments that are covered by the Ehrlich Termite Warranty.

Fact: A termite colony can consume 5g of wood per day. May not sound like much but without treatment they can remain in a property, undetected, for years.

Do it yourself termite control

Do it yourself termite treatments are available, but do they work? Homeowners often resort to termite baits and termite sprays. While professional pest control exterminators use these methods, homeowners aren’t trained in the application of applying termite control treatments effectively. The improper use of termite treatment will yield little to no results in termite extermination. It can also be hazardous for your family and pets.

Luckily, when you call Ehrlich, we know what to do, how to do it and we are confident you will be satisfied with our termite control treatment.

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Effective termite treatments from Ehrlich

Our Termite Treatment Plans are the best way to take action against a termite attack. Our Termite Experts will recommend a specific solutions that best suit your individual situation.

Termite treatments: baiting and monitoring

The techniques we use to monitor and bait termites are successful because we combine our expert eye for termite spotting with treatments that tap into the natural instincts of termites.

This termite control method allows Ehrlich to deliver a service that causes almost no inconvenience to homeowners or commercial property owners.

Termites locate unobtrusive termite bait stations placed around the perimeter of a property because of their natural foraging behavior. The termites then eat the bait, and share it with other nest mates.

This gradually kills large numbers of termites in the colony, and reduces its size until it can no longer support itself and so collapses.

Benefits of termite monitoring:

The benefits of our termite monitoring and baiting service, include:

  • Unobtrusive – Termite monitoring and baiting does not change the appearance of your home as termite bait stations are placed in strategic and discreet locations
  • Non-disruptive – No drilling is required for the installation of bait stations
  • Peace of mind – Routine, ongoing checks looking for signs of termite activity will mean that if a problem is discovered, it can be controlled quickly

Conventional termite treatment

Benefits of conventional treatment

  • Unobtrusive – Less intrusion indoors as treatments carried out mainly on the exterior of the property
  • Green / environmentally friendly approach – less amount of material is required during service

How conventional termite treatments work

  • Liquid termiticide treatment used on areas of termite activity inside and out
  • Drilling is required to apply material under slabs and porches and into hollow block wall voids. (All drilled areas are filled once the treatment is complete)
  • Exterior and interior application levels based on infestation level
  • Service includes renewable one year warranty
  • Suitable for all buildings (homes and businesses)

For information and details on our termite treatment options, download the Ehrlich Termite Control Brochure here.

By the time termites are found, it’s probably already too late. Termite infestations are not easy to spot and they can do incredible amounts of damage. Preventative measures can provide a “safety bubble” for your home.

Call Ehrlich at 1-877-455-4265 or contact us online to learn more about our chemical termite treatments.

What is a Chemical Termite Treatment – A chemical termite treatment involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil, either under concrete flooring and/or around the entire perimeter of your building’s foundations. Our Termite Control Technicians are trained to take care of your home or business, working with you to create an effective treatment zone with the minimum disruption to your premises and its surroundings.

Who should use the Chemical Termite Treatment? – A chemical treatment is suitable for most people who want to take steps towards protecting their home or business from termite infestations. Other termite treatments have to be put in place while construction is taking place, but a chemical treatment has the advantage that it can be implemented at any time.

Types of Chemical Treatments – There are various types of chemical termite treatments, for example some chemicals are designed to kill the termites and others are designed to deter them. The life expectancy of a chemical treatment zone is typically 10 years, depending on which product is used. Every termite situation is different, so choosing the right type of termite chemical treatment for you is very important. Ehrlich’s experienced Termite Control Technicians are trained regularly to update their expertise in your local area and its environment, as well as the latest technology so they can empower you to make that choice.

Ehrlich termite warranty

All termite protection solutions are covered by the Ehrlich termite warranty, a wood replacement program to protect you against further termite attack. Find out how you can activate your termite warranty.

Call Ehrlich at 1-877-455-4265 or contact us online to learn more about our chemical termite treatments.

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7 signs you may have termites

Drywood termites, as their name suggests, live mainly in dry wood. They can be in foundations, window and door frames in your home without being visible for ages. They feed on any piece of wood found around your home from furniture to skirting boards.

It is necessary to look for signs of termites in your home. If you know drywood termites are in the neighborhood it’s a good idea to make regular checks around your house or apartment to catch them as early as possible and prevent termite damage to your home.

Here are 7 signs of termites that you might have these unwanted guests living in your home:

1. Head banging

Not yours, but the termite soldiers! You may be wondering what termites sound like?

One sign of termites is quiet clicking sounds coming from the walls. Soldier termites bang their heads against the wood or shake their bodies when the colony is disturbed to signal danger to the other termites.

The worker termites, which are the ones who love eating your woodwork, are noisy eaters. If you put your ear close to any wood infested by termites you can hear them munching away. This noisy eating habit was even mentioned by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder 2,000 years ago!

A little known fact is that termites love rock music! A recent study carried out regarding the eating habits of termites found that these wood-addicted insects work faster when they hear rock music. When a selection of termites were subjected to a rock track they ate wood two times faster!

Termites are sensitive little creatures. They can detect vibrations and noises using several organs which are found at the base of their antennae and on the tibia (one of the segments of the leg).

Scientists at Australia’s CSIRO even think that termites can tell the size of a piece of wood by using vibrations to measure it from the inside — something even humans can’t do yet! There is still a lot to be discovered about these little pests.

2. Flying termites

Usually the first sign of a termite infestation is the presence of flying termites — called swarmers or alates. The flying termites are the males and females that have left the nest to find a mate and then establish a new colony — which could be near or in your home. Read more about these winged termites in our previous blog Why Flying Termites Mean Serious Trouble.

Some species swarm at night and are attracted to light sources. Other species will swarm in daylight, but all drywood termites tend to swarm after rain at particular times of the year.

Another common sign of termites is the discarded wings. Flying termites lose their wings shortly after finding a mate. Male and female drywood termites pair up then crawl to a suitable nesting site where they seal themselves in to mate and start the new colony. The king and queen start off by caring for their young until there are enough workers to take over. The king continues to tend for the queen and the pair can live together in the growing colony for over ten years.

Did You Know in some termite species the males die shortly after mating!

3. White ants

A common mistake people make is confusing termites with white ants. This misconception is an easy one to make as ants and termites are very similar in both shape, size and in some cases behavior.

So what are the differences between ants and termites?

  • Termites are light in color. They are usually a white/creamy color and can sometimes look quite translucent.
  • Compared to ants termites antennae are completely straight rather than bent.
  • The waist section of a termite is a lot thicker than that of an ants. The section where the thorax meets the abdomen is very narrow on an ant, whereas on a termite this section is quite large.
  • Both flying ants and termites have two sets of wings. However a termite’s are both the same size compared to an ant who have one set larger than the other.
  • The important thing to note is that there is no such thing as a white ant. If you think you have spotted an insect which looks like a white ant in and around your house then you might have a termite problem on your hands.

4. Papery or hollow sounding timber

Drywood termites usually consume wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or just the paint. When you knock or tap on an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery. This is because part or all of the timber inside has been eaten away and is another one of the signs of termites.

Some of the most common stories you might read about termites is that a problem is only discovered when the vacuum cleaner goes through a skirting board or a finger pressed into a door frame goes through.

5. Tight fitting doors and hard-to-open windows

Often related to signs of damp and hot weather, stiff windows and warped doors can also mean termites! The moisture they produce when eating and tunneling through door and window frames causes the wood to warp, making it tough to open doors and windows.

6. Tunnels in wood

The tunnels, also known as ‘galleries’, are obviously difficult to see from the outside, but if you see them in a piece of broken timber near or in your house it is a sure sign that termites have set up camp in your home.

Various types of technology have been proposed for detecting tunnels and the activity of termites when there are no visible signs. These include borescopes, electronic odor detectors, microwaves, sound detectors, infrared detectors, X-rays and even dogs, but only a few have been tested in laboratory conditions or are in use.

7. Frass – termite droppings

A key sign of termites, and in particular drywood termites, is frass – termite droppings. This indicator of an infestation is something that is always looked for during a termite inspection. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t use their feces to build their tunnels. Instead they push it out of small holes near the entrances to their nest. This results in small black marks and a dark powdery substance around the area they are infesting.

Subterranean termites

So you know the signs of Drywood termites but what about subterranean termites? Unlike their cousins, subterranean termites prefer to live underground in soil, particularly your garden and under your house.

Signs of termites?

Ehrlich’s technicians are experts in looking for the signs of termites around your home and have technology to detect them when there are no visible signs. These include moisture sensors, heat sensors and sound sensors.

Most insurance policies do not cover termite damage so it is a good idea to have a regular professional inspection to detect termite infestation as early as possible and minimize the risk of costly damage to your property.

If termite activity is found, Ehrlich technicians can provide you with recommendations for the suitable treatments available for your property. Contact us for more information and set up a free inspection today if you think you might have a termite problem.

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