Termites (Subterranean Termites)
What is a termite and what does it look like?
Subterranean termites can feed on wood, and are particularly attracted to most environments. For this reason, they are often found near the foundation of homes, particularly when there are water leaks or moisture dampening the environment. These termites can also infest firewood, so it’s highly recommended to store it away from the home and its foundation, just to be safe. Subterranean termites move in swarms, and a moist indoors environment might attract them. Termites won’t thrive in the dry and well-ventilated environment, so it’s important to monitor the space closely in order to prevent ideal conditions for a termite infestation. With their scissor-shaped jaws, they can easily chew through wood. They feed constantly, for 24 hours a day.
What are the signs of a termite infestation?
It is possible to spot some termites flying around, but most commonly, one might hear some clicking sounds seemingly coming from within the walls or the furniture. This is the sound of termites, banging their heads against the wood, something they often do to signal danger to fellow termites in the colony. Even the sound of termites eating through the wood can be a distressing sign, and it can be heard if you put your ears close to the wood.
Are termites dangerous?
Considered to be one of the most destructive and invasive termite species, the subterranean termite might seriously damage furniture and properties. Entire buildings can collapse due to termites, which can pose an immediate threat to home dwellers, not to mention the massive economic loss.