What Are Termites?
The most common termite in our territory is the Eastern subterranean termite. Termite colonies consist of three castes: workers, soldiers, and swarmers.
Workers are the smallest, measuring around 1/8 of an inch long. They’re blind, wingless, soft-bodied and vary in color from creamy white to grayish-white. Workers are the most numerous caste in a colony. They’re also the termite that actually eats all the wood and does damage.
Soldiers resemble workers, except they’re larger and have rectangular heads that are yellow-brown in color. They also possess a prominent set of jaws. Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony from invaders.
Swarmers are the termites responsible for reproduction. They can be male or female, winged or wingless. Unlike soldiers and workers, swarmers vary in color from black to yellow-brown.
If you want read about termite castes and behavior, check out our termite identification section.
Why Do I Have Termites?
Termites eat the cellulose contained in dead plant material. They’ll infest any areas where they can access cellulose-rich materials like leaf litter, wet wood, soil, and dung. Termites colonies also expand aggressively. If your neighbor has termites, swarming termites may invade your property to make a new colony. Even termite treatments at properties near yours may push termites onto your property.
Are They Dangerous?
Termites don’t carry diseases, but they’re highly damaging pests to have around. Termites primarily gnaw on wood to make room for their nest. They’ll also feed on and chew through cloth, paper, and carpets. The structural damage they inflict on a home goes undetected, until, for example, beams and foundational posts collapse.
How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?
Plunkett’s is an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, which is the most effective and least invasive termite treatment available. The Sentricon® System turns termite biology and behavior against them. That’s why it’s is so effective at eliminating entire colonies. It starts with the science, and ends with dead termites. Mission accomplished.
The Sentricon® System is scientifically designed to eliminate a subterranean termite colony and its queen. We’ll install Sentricon both to eliminate and prevent termite infestations, and to keep your property protected in the future. You can read more about how Sentricon works at Plunkett’s Termite Control & Treatment.
Can I Do It Myself?
No, not really. Treating for termites yourself is not recommended, because effective equipment and pesticides are not readily attainable. Hiring pest control professionals like the team at Plunkett’s Pest Control is the most effective way to eradicate termites on your property.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, inconvenience you as little as possible, and solve your problem in the most cost-effective manner possible. We’ll make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Them In The Future?
Termite prevention centers on hindering their ability to find wood, water, and shelter. Make sure downspouts and gutters direct all runoff away from the foundation. Use wood that’s naturally resistant to termites. Remove old tree stumps around the property and avoid using wood mulch near the foundation.
One advantage you have is that termites are not the fastest-moving pests. They feed slowly and therefore expand their territory slowly. Contacting Plunkett’s as soon as you notice termites is the best way to prevent termites from damaging your property.