Termites

Identification

  • Colour Whitish-brown to nearly black
  • Size From 6 mm to 20 mm long
  • Description All termites have three body parts: a head with a pair of segmented antennae, thorax, and abdomen.

General Facts

Why do I have termites?

The most common pest species of termites in Canada include the eastern subterranean termite, the western subterranean termite, and the Pacific dampwood termite. Termites live in colonies made up of hundreds of thousands to millions of members, all divided into three main social castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. They prefer warm, humid environments, so often find their way into heated homes and businesses through damp, rotting wood, and consume live or dead wood, twigs, roots, grass, plant litter, paper, cardboard, fibreboard, cotton, and other plant materials.

How worried should I be about termites?

Termites play an important role in the ecosystem by recycling wood, facilitating decomposition, replenishing essential nutrients in the soil, and assisting in the growth of plants, but they can cause significant structural damage to homes and other manmade structures. Termites can completely excavate through wooden floors, furniture, window frames, doors, panelling, and other important structural components of buildings, with each colony able to eat at least half a kilogram of wood each day. The resulting damage weakens the wood and makes the structure prone to further deterioration. Several billion dollars are spent on termite damage each year in North America. Termites can leave wood spotted, striped, discoloured, or warped. Subterranean termites make mud tubes along walls, fences, and steps to help them travel between the colony and food sources. With millions of termites to tackle, these infestations are a serious challenge and must be left to properly certified professional pest control services with the experience and expertise to apply termiticides and eradicate your termite infestation for good.

How can I prevent termites invading?

Reduce moisture levels in the home, Fix leaky plumbing and gutters, Ensure drainage is free flowing, Trim back shrubbery and trees, Store lumber and firewood outside

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