Subterranean Termites Arlington, Texas

The most common type of termite in North America is the subterranean termite which is also know as the soil feeding termite. This type of termite is know to feed on paper, cotton, wood, tree and bush roots. They especially enjoy the cellulose part of wood.  Call your Arlington termite removal specialists at 817-522-3223 to protect your home from termites in the Arlington, Texas area.

Arlington Termite Removal: Desert Subterranean Termites

Arlington Termite Removal: desert subterranean termites

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Desert Subterranean Termites are found in areas of the United States with dry desert climates.  This is because they are the only termites that can burrow and feed in dry conditions. This means that they are generally found in New Mexico, Arizona, Western Texas, and Southern California.

Desert Subterranean Termites look different in appearance from their counter parts in that they have long slender mandibles rather than the normal stout wide mandibles seen in other species.  The soldiers of this termite species are much smaller than those of other termite species.  This allows them to penetrate smaller cracks and openings than other termites.

When a home is infested with desert subterranean termites one will often see small mud tubes hanging from shelves, overhangs, wood ceilings, and such.  Their food of choice, like many other termites is the cellulose part of wood.

Arlington Termite Removal: Eastern Subterranean Termites

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Eastern Subterranean Termites can develop colonies that are up to 5 million in number.  However, the average falls closer to the 30-40 thousand range.  They have what is called a swarm intelligence which means that they act and they move as if they were one entity.  It is not uncommon for a Eastern Subterranean Termite colony to live for up to 30 years.

These termites can be found throughout a building whether it be the rafters of the attic or the foundation in the basement.  They are found by looking for their mid tubes or by finding the .  Sometimes you may even find the wings of the kings and queens of the colony lying around.  You need to be on the watch for their tunnels and tubes as the swarms are not generally easy to see.  This means that many homes are being destroyed without the owners even realizing it.

Arlington Termite Removal: Formosan Subterranean Termites

Our Arlington termite removal specialists deal with many types of termites. The Formosan Subterranean Termite is one such termite. It is usually found in the warm southern states of the US. In addition, Hawaii has its own population of Formosan Subterranean Termites.

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There are different termites that could be destroying your property right under your nose.

Nicknamed the “super termite” due to its ability to eat a vast amount of wood in a very small amount of time, healthy adult colonies of the Formosan Subterranean Termite can eat up to a pound of wood a day. Add to that that the colony queen is able to lay up to 1300 eggs per day. These two facts cause the Formosan Subterranean Termite to create the highest amount of property damage of all the termite species in the United States.

These termites don’t just stick to wood, either. They have been known to eat wood, plaster, plastic, and even metal. A tell-tale sign of a Formosan Subterranean Termite infestation is in the bulging of your walls. This is caused as the termites not only eat the walls, but they create tunnels made of their saliva and feces. When you see this bulging time is of the essence and you need to get a professional to come take care of your problem before the colony eats you out of house and home, literally!

 

Arlington Termite Removal: Western Subterranean Termites

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The Western Subterranean Termite is the most common termite for the western part of the United States. This termite species usually builds its colony underground just below the frost line yet still above the water table.

Western Subterranean Termites enter homes by squeezing through the cracks found in foundations or other building materials. In fact, they can squeeze through cracks as small 1/16 of an inch wide.

Their food of choice is the cellulose part of wood which is found in walls, floors, dressers, tables, etc. Their damage is normally found on the first floor of the home and in the basement. One can find evidence of them in their tunnels and in their swarming behavior.

Arlington Pest Control provides both termite removal and termite prevention. Call (817) 522-3223 today to find out how you can protect your home!

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