• Hometalker
Asked on May 9, 2019

How to deal with termites?

Lynn SorrellKathy Gunter LawWilliam


that I can't get removed immediately

3 answers
  • William
    on May 9, 2019

    Get some termite control for hardware store or homecenter.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 9, 2019

    Hi Yield 38 Plus is a good termite spray. Make sure you keep your home protected as well.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on May 9, 2019

    need to figure out what kind they are There are over 2,000 different species of termites with over 40 species in the United States alone. Then you can decide which products you need to get to be rid of them. Different kinds need different treatments. Best to go to local Bug-n-Weed mart type store to get best pest control & instructions on what to do/how to do it. Better check around your house/garage & any sheds too. Subterranean termites - as you can tell from the name, these termites live underground. They have to keep damp to live and they build mud tunnels to travel from place to place in order to stay damp and to stay protected. They prefer to eat soft woods. If you find damaged wood on your home and the holes appear like a honeycomb, the likely culprit are subterranean termites.

    Drywood termites - unlike their cousins, the subterranean termites, these do not need to be near the soil, do not have to create mud tunnels to stay damp and prefer dry wood. The wood devoured by these insects will appear smooth and you are more likely to find them dining on the support beams of your house, as well as in furniture or even in your expensive hardwood floors.

    Dampwood termites - you find them living in very moist wood and they do not need to be in contact with mud and soil to survive. You more often find these guys in decaying wood such as an old tree stump or a fallen tree somewhere on your property. They rarely end up inside the wood in your home because dry wood is generally used for building, but they might be eating that utility pole right next to your house.

    Formosan termites - these are some of the worst of the termite species we find here in the U.S. They are invasive, meaning they are not naturally from North America, but were likely imported from China or Japan. Bigger in size than your average termites, they are some of the most destructive of the subterranean termites. They are known for creating enormous colonies of thousands upon thousands of termites. It's their numbers that are the reason for their concern because that large a number can destroy a large volume of wood very quickly.

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