A common household pest that is often found in New York homes by an Exterminator Putnam County NY is subterranean termites. Like their name suggests, these termites do live underground, but they also form colonies above ground if they can find a place that is cool, dark, and moist, mimicking the underground environment. They don’t want to be exposed to the open air, so when they go to search for food, they build mud tubes to crawl through, whether above or below ground. Their colonies can number up to 2 million members. Each colony has a queen, and everyone else is divided into various jobs. Some are assigned to reproduction, others to be soldiers, and others to be the worker termites.
Subterranean termites are from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch long, and are cream colored. Despite their small size, they have extremely strong jaws that are sharmp and allow them to bite away at wood. Without an Exterminator in Putnam County NY, if subterranean termites are allowed to go unchecked, they can completely demolish a house. Their food source is cellulose, which is found in wood. Outside, they’ll feed on trees and tree stumps. Cellulose is also what you’ll find in the wood structure of your house. These are the most destructive of all termites. Every year, 5 million US homes have to deal with a termite infestation at a combined cost of 5 billion dollars. That’s a billion dollars’ worth of damage for every one million termites.
Although subterranean termites are big enough to be visible, homeowners usually have no idea they have them because they remain hidden. Homeowners often don’t find out what’s going on until it’s too late and damage has already been done. Garrie Pest Control LLC can come out to your home and do an inspection to find out whether or not you have termites. The best scenario is to find none, but if they do, you have an advantage in catching the problem early. A few additional services they provide are water testing, radon testing, gutter cleaning, cleaning and repairing dryer vents, and removing and replacing your home’s insulation.