Do They Cause Damage?
More structures are damaged by termites annually than fires and floods. The Subterranean termite enters the structure from the soil, often doing damage for years before being discovered.
Do I Have An Infestation?
Due to their insidious nature, most termite infestations are discovered by accident. Damage and activity is found when making repairs or performing demolition prior to remodeling. For many homeowners, the first indication may be a reproductive swarm occurring inside the structure. Swarms generally occur mid-day and may consist of several hundred to thousands of insects. The swarmers are attracted to light and will migrate toward doors and windows. As they shed their wings prior to mating, you may find large numbers of discarded wings near the windows and doors.
Subterranean Termites also construct ‘mud tubes’ when they have to travel above ground or on the outer surface of infested wood. These tubes, which are about the width of a pencil, can be found on foundation walls, posts, and substructure wood (joists, subfloor, sill plates) in basements and crawl spaces.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
The first step is a thorough inspection to determine the location and extent of the infestation. Then a strategy can be developed to properly apply treatments to the soil to protect the structure and eliminate the current infestation.
How Can You Help?
Homes in wooded, or formerly wooded areas are at greater risk since this is the natural habitat of Subterranean Termites as their job is to return dead trees to the soil. Termites need moisture to survive, so reducing moisture around the foundation is important. Keep wood and brush piles away from the home and do not pile mulch or soil above the bottom of the siding.
Treatment for Subterranean Termites REQUIRES the services of a professional. None of the DIY attempts to treat them that we have seen have ended well!