Termite Control

Quest Pest Control – Termite Control You Can Trust

termiteTermites feed on cellulose, which is contained in wood and any product derived from wood: lumber, pallets, cardboard boxes, paper products, etc.

Subterranean termite colonies can range in size from 20,000 up to 5 million members.  The colonies’ members are divided into castes (types of termites) each with different responsibilities.  Worker termites are responsible for colony construction and gathering of food.  They are the termites that actually cause the damage.  Soldier termites are responsible for defending the colony.  The king and queen are responsible for marinating and growing colony population numbers.  The queen is constantly laying eggs for her entire life span – which can be up to 20 years.

Signs of a termite infestation include pencil-sized mud tunnels built on foundation walls, sheetrock, or other areas and damaged wood.  Damage can range anywhere from pin-hole sized to major structural damage to studs, joists, and sill plates.  Another sign of a termite infestation is the appearance of winged termites..  These “swarmers” are potential Kings and Queens looking to mate and form new colonies.  They typically emerge in kitchen and bath areas in slab homes – but could appear anywhere.  They are harmless themselves but are a sign that a mature termite colony is in or near the structure.  The presence of one or more of these signs indicates a termite infestation and immediate action (termite control) should be taken to avoid further damage. We do termite control in New England, New York and Connecticut.

Possible Signs of Termites

A sign of termites may be a “swarm” appearing in the spring. If so, then it may only be the tip of the beginning. Worker termites are active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, foraging for new food sources (wood) and gathering food to nourish the rest of the termite colony: queens, soldiers, reproducers and young.

Other signs of termites may include:

  • Pencil-sized diameter, or larger, mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your structure.
  • Thin, small, papery wings, all the same size and shape, 3/8-1/2 inches long, on your window sill, counter top or floor (especially if it is late spring and there has been a recent rain).
  • If any wooden building parts (especially if they are support structures) begin to “sag” unexpectedly.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, a termite exterminator can help. Termite control is the key to protecting your property and providing you with peace of mind. By working with Quest Pest Control, you receive unsurpassed termite control in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.

Please contact us for more information and help.