Termites San Antonio

Termites San Antonio look a lot like ants. Similarly, they have a soft squishy body with a broad round waist. With a length of around a ½ inch, they don’t look very dangerous.  Also, like all insects, their bodies are broken up into three segments. They have long antennae that are completely straight. The winged termites have 4 equal in size, and they are white and translucent.

Now that you know what termites look like, here are some interesting facts. For instance, termites are social creatures, and their young are raised by a group. If you take all the termites in the world, they would weigh more than all the people on earth. Further, they never take a break from eating. They chomp 24 hours a day every day of the week. Queen termites are the longest living insect, at 30-50 years. Termite colonies send their explorers, or swarmers, out to search for a new habitat. Their wings shed once they find a new place to nest.

Also known as silent destroyers, their stealthlike ability allows them to chew through wallpaper, flooring, and wood undetected. Consequently, every year millions of dollars of damage to property is caused by termites.  Of the 2,000 known species of termites the following present the largest threat to San Antonio Texas homeowners.

Subterranean Termites

This species is found in every state but Alaska. They live underground in colonies or in secluded moist areas above ground. Colonies are separated into three groups, soldiers, workers, and reproducers. They create very distinct mud tunnels to protect themselves from the elements and get food. In the spring, groups of reproducers are sent off to start a new colony. In the United States, this species is the most destructive. They eat a lot of wood and can do extensive damage to your house.

Dampwood Termites

These termites like to feast on wood with high moisture content. Since they need a lot of moisture, they usually live in very damp dying wood. They can also be found in older structures, and homes with leaky plumbing that creates wet wood. Generally, they don’t bother houses because the wood isn’t wet enough. This species is usually larger than other species.

Drywood Termites

This species feeds on wood, plastics, wallpaper, and any material made from plants. They do not require contact with the soil like the Subterranean termites do. They are usually found in the roof and the framing in the walls of a home. If you have cut wood around the house they will be found there as well.

Termite Prevention Tips

There are a few things you can do to prevent termites from making a home near yours. Don’t allow water to build up around your foundation. Make it drain away from your house. Equally important, store scrap wood and firewood away from your house. Make sure cracks and crevices around the outside of your home are properly sealed. Immediately replace any damaged or damp wood in your home.

Termite Signs

  • Wood that is soft or sounds hollow when tapped
  • Wood structures with dark spots or blisters
  • Bubbling or uneven paint
  • Feces that resembles sawdust
  • Mud tunnels

If you see any of these signs, contact a professional termites San Antonio pest professional immediately. They can inspect the home and determine the extent of the issue and recommend the best treatment. Beeline Pest Control is the top termites San Antonio pest control company. Call today to schedule your termite inspection (210) 201-7404.