The Basics Of Termites & Termite Control

Close-up (1.4 to 1 life-size) of termites at their mound in the soil.

Termites are frequently found infesting homes and buildings, creating major problems for homeowners and tenants by actively feeding on timber structures like: homes, buildings, telephone poles, and trees. They will feed on almost anything made of wood.

Within a colony of termites, you’ll find members of different social classes, each with a specific task to perform. Each class is reliant upon the other for the continued survival of the entire termite colony. The five different termite social classes include: the king, the queen, soldiers, workers, and what is called the winged reproductive which are young kings and queens dedicated to reproducing.

The First Termites You’ll See are the Soldier Termites

If you suspect you might have termites, keep a lookout for the soldier termites. Because of their large numbers, you will likely see the soldier termites first. The soldier termite’s sole purpose is to protect the colony from any intruder. Anytime a termite’s habitat is disturbed, the soldier termites will scuttle out of the nest and guard the opening.

Soldier termites have fat, dark heads with strong mandibles used for biting any predator that might threaten the colony. In some species, soldiers are twice as large as worker termites, and may spray noxious chemicals from a snout on the front of their head.

The Queen & Worker Termites Help the Colony Grow 

The queen termites are responsible for helping the colony grow. A typical queen can lay over 2000 eggs a day, and she’ll live up to 25 years! That’s a lot of termites that can damage your property! Termite control must be aimed at eliminating the queen, as well as the other termites.

Worker termites help to build the nest, and will repair it if there is ever a breach. The worker termites are the termites that cause all the damage to your home. They spend their lives inside the nest eating, chewing, and eating some more. They are soft-bodied and will be a creamy translucent color.

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With the queen termite’s ability to lay 2000 eggs a day for 25 years, it’s a necessity for a pest control professional to eliminate this destructive pest before she, and the rest of her colony, create extensive property damage. Termites cause more damage to homes area than fires and storms combined. Yet termite damage is not covered by homeowner policies. That’s why requesting a free termite inspection is so important.

If you believe you have termites anywhere on your property, even if they are not yet inside your home, it’s best that you contact a termite control professional before they make their way to your all-you-can-eat buffet. The quicker you act, the more likely you will avoid any damage from being done to your home or property. Call for a free termite inspection today!


Identifying Termites in Your Home

TermitesThe last thing we want as homeowners are termites eating our investment. Have you noticed any signs of termite damage around your property? Is there a chance termites are chewing on the wood that holds up your home? These are great questions that we in the pest control industry struggle to answer on a routine basis.

Identifying termites isn’t an easy task. They live most of their lives tucked behind the walls of homes and they’re perfectly comfortable remaining there for many years.  First let’s take a quick look at the types of termites:

Types of Termites

One group of termites is what we call subterranean termites. These are termites that are typically associated with your Northern states. Subterranean termites make colonies in the ground outside of the home. They make their way to the wood structure of the home through underground tunnels and return back to the colony once they’re done eating.

Another group of termites are the drywood termites. These termites actually make their colonies inside the walls of the house. Because these termites don’t have a need to leave the home, it’s often very difficult to suspect termite damage.

Dampwood termites love to make their home in damp wood, whether it’s in rotten logs or sections of your home that are subjected to flooding. Such termites are common on the Pacific Coast as well as Southern Florida.

How to Identify Termites

Inspecting for termitesOne of the most common ways people find out they have termites in their house are by seeing what we call swarmer’s. Termites will try to reproduce and spread their colonies. Those that have wings, or swarmers, will be flying around the home in search of a new beginning. If you notice them flying around your home there is a chance you have termites.

Another way to determine if you have termites is through detection systems. Pest control companies can install baiting systems around the house that will indicate the existence of termites. Some baiting systems have wood and if there is any indication of chewed wood, termites are likely to blame.

Subterranean termites leave their mark by creating mud tubes along the exterior of the home. If you notice dried up mud tubes outside your home you may want to have it tested for termites. Other types of termites make small holes where they enter and dump out fecal matter.

It’s always best to leave the detection of termites to the professionals. It’s important to understand the signs of termite damage, but don’t attempt to make your own judgment or get rid of the termites on your own. There are very strong chemicals on the market for removing termites and it’s safest to leave the job up to the professionals.

In many cases termite removal requires leaving the home for a few days. When the fumigation approach is taken, professionals spray poison throughout the home and then place tarps over it to seal it. Homeowners are allowed to return to the home once the toxins have fully settled.

Reach out to a local pest control company to determine the best approach for removing termites from your home.


Escape The Office: Pest Control Named To Top Jobs

Outdoor Pest ControlAre you tired of being stuck inside the office for forty plus hours a week while others are enjoying the fresh outdoor air? If so, than look no further then these eight outdoor jobs that will help you escape the office… Including Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician.

Pest Control Named One Of The Top Jobs To Escape Office

Fox Business recently came out with a list of the top eight jobs to help you escape the office, and both Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list.

One of the main reasons why Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list is because of the high job security. Every area of the country has to deal with pests like cockroaches, spiders, termites, bedbugs, rodents, and silverfish. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that pest control jobs will grow at a rate of 26% in the next decade; much more rapidly than other average occupations.

Another reason why Pest Management Technician and Termite Service Technician made the list is because workers can make a moderate living without needing a college degree. The average pest control worker makes $14.59 an hour, or $30,340. These numbers are significantly higher for experienced technicians.

The Top 8 Outdoor Jobs To Escape The Office

1. Landscape Architect
Median annual pay: $62,090
Job growth: 16%

2. Environmental Scientist
Median annual pay: $61,700
Job growth: 19%

3. Surveyor
Median annual pay: $54,880
Job growth: 25%

4. Mason
Median annual pay: $45,410
Job growth: 40%

5. Archaeologist
Median annual pay: $54,230
Job growth: 21%

6. Pest Management Technicians
Median annual pay: $30,340
Job growth: 26%

7. Termite Service Technicians
Median annual pay: $30,340
Job growth: 26%

8. Recreation Worker
Median annual pay: $22,260
Job growth: 19%

What Pest Management Or Termite Service Technician Do

Pest Management Technician

  • Inspect homes or buildings for signs of pests or pest infestation
  • Determine the nature of pest, infestation, and treatment needed to eliminate pests
  • Design and implement pest management plans
  • Spray or dust pesticides throughout homes and properties
  • Create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building
  • Set bait and traps to remove or kill pests
  • Drive trucks equipped with power spraying equipment
  • Educate property owners on additional steps and methods to eliminate pest

Termite Service Technician

  • Similar duties as a pest management technician
  • Highly trained to specialize in termite control
  • Use heavy equipment for drilling and digging trenches involved in resolving termite problems
  • Use chemicals and modify structures to eliminate termites and prevent future infestations
  • Repair structural damage caused by termites and build barriers to separate pests from their source of food
  • Termite fumigators use fumigants (pesticide gas) to treat serious infestations

Exterminator Spraying OutdoorsHow To Become A Pest Management Or Termite Service Technician

If you are interested in becoming a pest control technician you will need three things: (1) A high school diploma, (2) State licensing and (3) one to three months of on the job training. Additionally, many pest control companies require you to submit to a background check, drug test, and have a clean driving record.

Most pest control workers begin as technicians. After receiving general training, including training on pesticide use and safety, technicians can choose specialties such as rodent control, termite control, bedbug control, and fumigation.

Other important qualities needed to become a Pest Management or Termite Service Technician include: (1) physical strength and stamina as you are on your feet regularly in adverse conditions, (2) strong interpersonal communication skills as you converse with customers on a regular basis, (3) neat and clean appearance because you are the face of a company and regularly enter customer homes, and (4) detail oriented are you are dealing with toxic chemicals.

For More Info On Technicians and Termite Service Technicians

Learn more about Pest Management Technicians and Termite Service Technicians from The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you are in need of a high-quality pest or termite control technician look no further than Bulwark Exterminating.