Statistics show that Virginia may have as many as 10-14 termite colonies in a single acre of land- 3 or 4 of which could easily be situated right under or around your home. These termite colonies constantly forage through the soil looking for food sources and they don’t stop at just one!
Their foraging range will spread beyond the initial food source into an area as large as two acres. At this point, it is only a matter of time before they will reach an adjacent home. In fact, they may be there already.
While our trained professionals recognize the less obvious signs of termite infestation, there are more obvious signs that all homeowners should be on the lookout for. These distinctive warning signs are:
Stray wings: Found near emergence sites such as exterior doors, on windowsills, in cobwebs, and/or at the garage.
Mud Tunnels: lining the sides of piers, utility entrances, or the inside or outside of the foundation walls of your house.
Flying/Swarming Termites: inside your house, near windows, doors, or indoor light sources
Pest Solutions, Inc. proudly uses the safest and most effective method of termite pretreatment available to date. This method is a Borate Wood Treatment that differs from the traditional methods by treating the wood instead of poisoning the soil.
Pest Solutions will apply a Borate termiticide, insecticide, and fungicide- a highly effective and long lasting pesticide used as a primary application against subterranean termite infestation in new construction. The Borate product will be applied to the wood above the foundation wall in a two-foot band on slab type, or crawl space/basement built structures. This treatment includes a full one-year termite warranty. After the first year, it is the homeowner’s option to continue the warranty. Then Pest Solutions will install a termite baiting system on the exterior of the structure to actively monitor and bait for the termite colony.Read about the features and benefits of Borate Treatment
No Odor = No need for crews to leave site
No soil contamination = Borates treat the wood not the soil
Environmentally safe = No adverse effect on humans or animals
Scheduling freedom = Applied anytime before insulation and drywall
Marker dye = Shows job was properly treated
Broader control = Protects against all wood destroying pests
Increased home value = Baiting system included
Weather delays = Treatment inside, weather not a factor
Alternative treatment = Accepted by HUD, 99a form
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. Termite colonies are organized into castes depending on tasks -- workers, soldiers and reproductives. The characteristics of a subterranean termite are dependent on the termite's role in the colony. Cream-colored Worker subterranean termites are 1/8 to 3/8's of an inch in length.
Habits: Subterranean termites live underground and build tunnels, referred to as mud tubes, to reach food sources. Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring — groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.
Habitat: Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive and live underground. They can build tunnels through cracks in concrete.
Threats: Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. If you suspect infestation, contact a pest professional about subterranean termite treatment.
Prevention: The best method of subterranean termite control is to avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.
Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer formosan termites are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.
Habits: Formosans are organized into huge underground colonies, and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.
Habitat: Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. Formosans are organized into huge underground colonies and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.
Threats: Because of their aggressive nature, formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a structure. Prevention is key. If dealing with an existing infestation, talk to a pest professional about formosan termite treatment.
Prevention: Avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.
Conehead termites are an invasive species native to the Caribbean. They were first introduced to the U.S. in 2001. Originally called "tree termites," they were renamed conehead termites to alleviate the misconception that this pest is only found in trees.
Habits: Unlike most termites, the conehead termite does not rely on underground tunneling to travel. Instead, they forage on the ground like ants, allowing them to spread quickly.
Habitat: Conehead termites build dark brown mud tubes and freestanding nests on the ground, in trees or in wooden structures. The nests can be up to 3 feet in diameter and have a hard surface of chewed wood.
Threats: Conehead termites are an extremely aggressive termite species known for causing widespread property damage in a short period of time. Additional research into the species and treatment options are critical to controlling this destructive pests spread, or else millions of dollars in damage can be expected.
Prevention :Because of their unique habits, conehead termites have proven difficult to control with existing treatment methods. The nest must be located and destroyed and the structure may require repeated treatments in order to gain control. Costs associated with treating conehead termites are typically higher than other termite species and homeowner insurance policies do not usually cover wood boring insect damage. If you suspect a conehead termite infestation, it is important to contact a licensed pest professional promptly.
As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with a high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species. Bodies of king and queen dampwood termites range in size from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch long and have two pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape and extend beyond their abdomen. Nymphs range up to 5/8 inch and worker dampwood termites are up to 3/4 inch.
Habits: Dampwood termite colonies, like drywood termites, have no worker caste. The nymph dampwood termites take care of the kings and queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste.
Habitat: Because of their need for excessive moisture, dampwood termites are not often found in structures.
Threats: Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of the low moisture content of wood in structures. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure.
Prevention: To avoid dampwood termites, make sure downspouts and gutters are diverted well away from the structure and avoid prolonged contact between a structure and large areas of moisture, such as ponds or snow drifts.
These social insects infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil.
Habits: Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termite species, drywood termite colonies do not have a worker caste. The work is done by immature termites before they reach adulthood.
Habitat: Drywood termites infest dry wood, like that found in attic framings
Threats: Drywood termites can infest structures and cause significant damage.
Prevention:Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes. As a drywood termite treatment tactic, seal all cracks and crevices in a structure.