Due to soil conditions in Saratoga and Albany Counties, Subterranean Termites have a heavy presence in these areas. Family Pest Solutions recognizes this problem, and has developed a process to help identify, explain, and create pest control solutions in terms of termites.
Give us a call, and we will perform a detailed inspection of your home, give you a report on our findings, and offer what we recommend the best route to go is in terms of termite extermination.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF A TERMITE
Subterranean Termites have a life cycle that is described as an incomplete metamorphosis. This is due to the fact that a termite has three potential routes to their life cycles. The three routes, or roles are:
A termite’s life cycle begins as an egg, and moves on to become a larva. After being a larva, termites move into the nymph life stage, after which they are then divided into the three different castes of termite life (reproductive, worker, or soldier).
If a Subterranean Termite becomes a soldier or worker, it is complete with its life cycle up until the point that it dies (usually around one to two years, excluding queens that live up to 25 years).
Continuing, a reproductive termite can turn into an alate, making its way to either become a king or queen and create their own termite colony.
WHAT DOES A SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE LOOK LIKE?
A termite’s body is equipped with six legs, boasting large heads holding straight antennas, with little distinction between traditional insect body segments. They can be colored white to yellowish, and some may have wings on them.
Soldier termites have larger mandibles than workers, or other members of the termite caste do. Despite being unable to clearly see the segmentation of a termite’s body, they do have the traditional anatomy of an insect, which includes:
DO I HAVE TERMITES IN MY ALBANY HOME?
Termites are very dangerous for your home, so the sooner you recognize the signs of an infestation, the better. We always recommend calling Family Pest Solutions to do an inspection in order to make a professional diagnosis on your home in regard to a Subterranean Termite problem.
Termite infestations can hide out in your building for quite a while before signs of their infestation is noticeable. We have a few key signs that can help you identify if you have a problem on the fly:
- Earthen packing is visible – you can see earthen packing (similar to mud) on foundation walls
- You can hear tapping inside of wood structures
- You can find termite wings around your home or property
- Patterns on flooring, walls, or furniture that are a result of termites burrowing.
- Floors are beginning to sag
- Termite droppings
HOW CAN I PREVENT SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES FROM INVADING MY HOME?
If you do not yet have a termite infestation, congratulations! We recommend that even those without an infestation get yearly inspections done by Family Pest Solutions. This will help keep your home safe, and take a proactive approach to the prevention or early extermination of a potential termite problem in your Albany, NY home.
Whether you have not had any termite problems, or you have in the past, here are some tips to help you keep these small pests out of your home:
- Avoid having water buildup around your building’s foundation
- Make sure your gutters have properly installed downspouts
- Allow ventilation of any crawl space under your home
- Keep wood from touching soil
HOW CAN FAMILY PEST SOLUTIONS HELP?
Family Pest Solutions can professionally execute a detailed inspection, reports on our findings, and recommendations on what route to take moving forward. We use a termite extermination service utilizing a termite baiting system and borate treatment within targeted areas.
If you’d like a free inspection for your home, please use the form on our website to request one. You can also call us with any questions or concerns you may have.