Termites feed on plant fiber and will create a nest, or colony, in or below a dead tree stump or other dead plants. Termites in a dead log or tree stump near your home can easily migrate to the wood in your home.
Termites swarm in spring in search of new colony sites. Once they’ve located a potential site they pair up and mate, drop their wings and begin setting up the new colony.
Termites hide from view well and often the first indication of a termite colony will be when you see the swarm or find a pile of discarded wings. Other signs may be mud tubes running up walls or hanging from the ceiling, or when wood shows evidence of termite damage.
Entry: Termites gain entry to your home through spaces as small as 1/64″, through open doors and windows or from underground. Once inside your home they will also move into your wood furniture, walls, and carpet.
Nest Locations: Some species of termites live underground near their food source while others live inside the wood they are eating.
Colony Size: A single colony of termites can lay up to 80,000 eggs a day and grow to several million termites.
Colony Lifetime: Termite colonies are ever growing and will remain as long as the food source is there.
Do-it-yourself Effectiveness: Remove food sources and moisture close to your home that attract termites.
Subterranean Termite colonies live underground, coming to the surface in search of a wood food source. There will be a king, a queen and workers. A new colony grows quickly as a queen may produce up to 1,000 eggs per day.
Formosan Subterranean Termite
The Formosan Subterranean Termite builds its colony above or below ground, in or near a wood source. An established Formosan colony can number in the millions and destroy more wood per day than any other termite known.
Dampwood Termites are larger than other termites. The soldiers grow up to 3/4” long, the nymphs up to 5/8” long, and the queen and king up to 5/8” long.
The Drywood Termite makes its home in wood and has little need for moisture. Winged Drywood Termites will swarm out away from the colony in late spring through early fall in search of a new colony location.