Termite Home Inspection For Home Purchase
Purchasing a home is a huge investment, possibly the largest many people will ever make during their lifetimes. Because of the costs associated with homeownership and the importance of protecting the value of the house, property owners will want to do everything in their power to maintain the value and safety of their homes. Apart from routine maintenance, one effective way for them to do this is to make every effort to keep potentially dangerous pests at bay, doing termite home inspection, and this is where Green Home Pest control experts come into the picture. One of the most insidious and damaging of these species are known as termites and left to their own devices these insects can cause irreversible and possibly dangerous damages to the homes of potential clients. In order to effectively combat them, it’s vital for pest mitigation experts to have the ability to quickly and accurately identify whether a pest is a termite and also figure out which species of termite it is. This blog posting will provide tried and true methods for field personnel to rapidly identify insect species and save the property of clients from expensive damages.
What Are Termites?
Termites are small, ant-like insects that are known as detrivores, or creatures that survive by consuming dead and sometimes living cellulose-based plant material that includes wood. Since the frames and furnishings of many homes are primarily composed of wood, human dwellings make a particularly attractive target for these voracious insects. Termites tend to form large colonies that can number from tens of thousands to millions of individual insects. In some cases, these colonies will be located underground some distance from their feeding sources, while in other situations the colony will be located inside the wood-based material from which they derive their meals.
What Are Some Commonly SEEN TERMITE SPECIES?
Termite species can generally be classified into three overall types, and these include damp wood termites, dry wood termites, and subterranean termites.
Dampwood termites, also known as Zootermopsis, are so named because they tend to form their colonies in decaying and damp wood, usually located on the ground. They can be commonly found in the Southwest and around the coast of the Pacific states.
Subterranean termites, or Reticulitermes, tend to create colonies underground although they may form homes above ground under special conditions. They mostly consume wood that is soft, avoiding the harder layers and giving the wood that they feed on a distinctive layered look.
Drywood termites, or Cryptotermes, are the last major kind of termite, and as their name suggests they tend to form their colonies inside dry and seasoned wood such as is commonly found in attics.
WHAT ARE SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS OF IDENTIFYING TERMITE SPECIES?
With so many different kinds of termites out there, identifying the various types may at first seem daunting to field personnel. The good news is that there are some effective methods for identifying the various termite species, and once a colony has been properly labeled it becomes much easier to control and eventually eradicate it.
One of the best ways to figure out what kind of termite is invading a home is to identify them visually. The three major species that have been described have specific features that can be used to quickly pinpoint what family they belong to.
In the case of dry wood termites, the swarmers are equipped with at least two wing sets. Once the swarming activity is over, dry wood termite swarmers shed these wings. If a field technician locates dead swarmer bodies without wings around dry sources of wood, there is a good chance that the termites will be of the dry wood variety. Additionally, dry wood termites produce pellets of feces known as frass, and they appear as mounds of pellets outside the tunnels that have been bored in the affected wood.
Subterranean termite swarmers are generally dark in color and have two sets of wings that are symmetrical in length. The workers will be wingless and light colored, and the affected wood will have mud or soil within the tunnels created by the insects.
When it comes to damp wood termites, they tend to be somewhat larger than the other species with the swarmers measuring up to 25mm in length. The damp wood that they consume will appear to be smooth on the interior.
As can be seen, there is much to be learned when it comes to properly identify termite species. That said, field technicians that use the information provided in this blog post will be well on their way to providing the outstanding service that Green Home Pest has become well known for.
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