What Are Termites?
Termites, most commonly subterranean termites, are social insects that live in colonies within the ground. The termite colony has 3 castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Termites help the environment by consuming dead wood. During late winter or early spring, winged termites (swarmers), which are attracted to light, emerge from the ground and swarm to find mates to start a new colony. Swarmers are not harmful to wood but if they succeed to form a colony, the workers born from the colony will feed on wood and can cause severe structural damage. The king and queen in a colony can live for 10 to 30 years, while workers live for about 2 years.
What Do I Look For?
Signs of rodents include:
- Visible signs of wood damage
- Identification of live or dead termites, nests, mounds, and mud tubes
Termites may be confused with ants at first glance. If you are having trouble identifying a particular specimen, feel free to take a picture and send it to us via email for identification. Termites and wood damage would be expected mainly on the ground and/or basement and other subterranean levels of a building. If you are on a higher level, it may be possible that what you are seeing is not a termite-related issue after all.
How Can M&M Help?
Because of the dynamic nature of termites, there are many treatments and termiticides available for homes. However, the proper treatment and termiticide depends on the home construction and severity of the infestation. Even with the correct treatment, it is important that the proper and approved method is practiced to achieve protection. If the technician does not dig the appropriately sized trench and drill the appropriately spaced holes through the concrete, you will not get proper protection. Our services include:
- Termite Inspection
- Perimeter Liquid Treatment
- Borate Wood Protection Treatment
- Baiting Program
If you suspect that you might have termites or are at risk for termites, we can arrange for one of our certified specialists to inspect your premises. Our inspectors are available for on-site inspections between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have samples of insects that you suspect might be termites, you can schedule a free insect ID at our office during our regular business hours, Monday to Friday. Proper identification is critical for control.
How Can I Stay Termite Free?
- Identify and fix all water leaks.
- Have periodic termite inspections performed by M&M.
- Eliminate all standing water, dead wood, and debris in gutters.
- Store all excess building materials and firewood away from the house.
- Seal all cracks and crevices.
Call us at 212-219-8218 to schedule an inspection or to discuss treatment options with M&M Pest Control.