Termite Threats

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Subterranean Termites

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year.  That is more than fires and storms combined!  These insatiable pests primarily feed on wood, but will consume practically any wood-based product including books, furniture and even the insulation in your walls. 

The damage caused by subterranean termites can be disastrous from a financial standpoint because the damage often goes undetected for long periods of time. When the damage is finally discovered, it is rarely covered by insurance and the homeowner is confronted with not one, but two devastating blows.

Significant Threat of Termites

Just one subterranean colony can contain thousands to millions of termites. The workers forage continuously for food, carrying it back to the colony where it is shared and these ever-expanding colonies don't stand still. Reproductive termites swarm when temperatures warm from an existing colony to establish a new one in a new location.

All termites need to gain entry into your home is the tiniest gap in concrete, mortar or metal – 1/32 of an inch!  Once inside that gap, their insatiable appetite for wood takes over. These cunning little engineers construct air and moisture tight shelter tubes leading from the colony in the soil to the wood in your home. Termite tubes can go up wires, along pipes, around so-called "termite shields" and even extend free of any support. Busy workers use these tubes as their "freeways," constantly commuting between the food source (your house) and their colony in the soil.

As we build communities, we increasingly encroach on the termite’s natural habitat, removing their native food source and leaving them with little alternative but to search for another in our homes. Because they work silently behind the scenes, it can be years before evidence of their destruction becomes visible, long after serious damage has already been done.


Drywood Termites

Many people are aware of the significant threat to their home posed by subterranean termites.  But in certain parts of the country there is another type of termite that is just as likely to attack – drywood termites.  These invaders live in colonies above ground in the structures on which they feed.  The colonies are smaller, but multiple colonies can infest the same structure.  These termites are capable of causing just as much damage as their underground counterparts and and require completely different methods of control.  If you suspect you have a problem with any type of termites, the licensed professionals at Arrow Exterminators will conduct a thorough evaluation of your entire home, pinpoint the exact nature of your termite problem and recommend a solution designed specifically for your home.

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