No, actually termites vary in color, from the dark bodied winged insect the size of a common pavement ant (termite swarmer) to a light creamy color (worker termite). In the woods, they are “green” and environ-mentally friendly because they are one of nature’s recycling “muscles.” They happily forge 3 inches below the forest floor, looking for fallen wood to eat. It’s only when they find a way into your home or building that they become “un-green” pests, consuming your entry doors, windows and walls. Outside of the forest, termites do billions of dollars of property damage in the U.S. every year. Our termite services include:
- FHA, VA and conventional termite and WDI (wood destroying insect) inspections
- Green technology termite baiting systems
- Liquid residual termite treatments
- Consultation and monitoring services
We partner with you to protect your home and property from these damaging pests. The most appropriate termite treatment depends on a number of factors, including your property’s construction, location, water supply and your personal concerns.
Interesting things you should know about termites in New England:
- The most common variety of termite responsible for eating and damaging our homes, buildings and property in New England is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.
- Springtime is when termites swarm. Termite swarmers are often mistaken for swarming ants. See the illustration below which shows the difference between flying (winged) ants and winged termites.
- Termites are social insects living in colonies below the ground, in numbers from thousands to hundreds of thousands. Colonies can and frequently do infest multiple wood structures.
- The average Eastern Subterranean Termite colony has 60,000 insects and consumes 1/5 ounce of wood each day. On average, it would take about three months to consume one foot of 2 x 4 lumber. This is not alarming as long as it’s an average size colony and also not the main beam of your home!
- Click here to read our recently published Termite Trivia article and learn more about the Eastern Subterranean Termite in your area.