These are the tubes that termites travel in. They are usually just wide enough for two way termite traffic.
These are swarming termites. They are the reproductive member of the termite colony, sent out in early spring. swarming termites shed their winds. you may see piles of discarded wings indicating the presence of a colony below.
This is what termites look like. You may never see them since they travel in a system of mud tubes that they have built for themselves.
The damage that a colony of termites can do to wood. Over time this damage can weaken the structure of a home. Cato professionals are skilled at even the most extensive damage repair.
There are a few signs of termite infestation that a home owner can look for. The most obvious of which is the swarming termite. A swarming termite is the reproductive member of the termite colony. Subterranean termites, the kind we have here in south Jersey, send out swarming termites in the spring. It is important to note where swarming termites are found because this can indicate the location of the main nest of the colony.
You'll want to be sure that this area is paid particular attention during a treatment. Look for swarming termites on porches, stoops, garage door jams, where garage slabs attach to basements, patio's, door entrances, around window frames, and in crawl spaces with dirt floors. Although these areas are the most common areas where swarming termites are found, swarming termites will go any place where they find above ground access.
Swarming termites are often mistaken for flying ants but you can easily tell the difference. A swarming termite only has two body parts, a head and a long abdomen where as, the ant will have three distinctive parts.
The flying ant does not lose its wings but swarming termites will. The sole purpose for the swarming termite's wings is to carry them from the colony to a new location so that they can start a new colony.
It may take up to three seasons for a colony to grow large enough to send out swarming termites.So the lack of swarming termites does not necessarily mean the lack of a termite colony. A thorough inspection done annually by a licensed professional will ensure the most peace of mind against termites. But between inspections you can keep an eye out for the more obvious signs of infestation.
Look for softened exposed wood on sill plates and floor joists or any other exposed wood. You'll also want to look for mud tubes. (pictured) Mud tubes are the highways that termites have made for themselves in order to travel from one area of your home to another. The mud tube keeps the termite from exposure to light and regulates moisture and temperature. It is usually thin, just the right size for a stream of termites to move in both directions. If a mud tube leads to a good food source it will be larger to allow more termites to travel at one time. You'll need to look for these tubes on the walls of your home's foundation, and on sill plates above the foundation.
Cato Termite & Pest Control offers a comprehensive program of Termite prevention/detection and treatment. Our licensed Termite experts will thoroughly inspect your home looking for areas of vulnerability, infestation, and damage. We will advise you on any necessary changes that you can make that will reduce your risk of infestation such as replacing rotted wood, removing old tree stumps and more. We can also provide added peace of mind with the installation of the Hex Pro Termite detection system.
If evidence of an infestation is present Cato technicians will safely treat the existing termite population as well as place a chemical barrier around your home to guard against future infestation. We will warranty our service and inspect your home annually to insure against future infestation. We will resolve any problems that may arise as long as your home is protected by our warranty. Our skilled carpenters can repair any damage that a termite infestation may have caused.
Cracked or bubbling paint may indicate the presence of mud tubes. Since termites are subterranean creatures they do not do well when exposed to light. They build mud tubes as a way to travel from one place to another while remaining shielded from the light. Mud tubes on outside walls, wooden beams,in basements or in crawl spaces.
Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
Here in South Jersey termites may start swarming in March and can continue any time up through June. Generally ants will swarm later than termites beginning in late May and continuing through out the summer.
If you have swarmers you can tell weather they are ants or termites with a quick and easy examination. Take note to see if the wings are detached from the body. A termite will shed his wings where as the ant will not. Also examine the body parts. An ant will have three distinct parts, the head, thorax and abdomen, the thorax of a termite is hard to tell from the abdomen so it appears to have only two.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of termite treatment!
There is a lot that you can do to decrease the chances that your home will be infested by termites.Termites like all living creatures are attracted to food and water sources.Start by eliminating moisture around your home and by removing potential food sources.
REMOVE POTENTIAL FOOD SOURCES
CONSIDER HAVING A HEX PRO MONITORING SYSTEM INSTALLED
Even your best efforts may not prevent infestation. For a thorough inspection, Contact Cato via our contact page or call 856-786-8008 at first sign of trouble.