What are Termites?
Eastern subterranean termites are small, foraging insects that live in large social colonies. They feed on the cellulose debris found in leaf litter, wood, soil and dung. It is thought that there are around 4,000 species of termites with around 10% of these considered as pests because of the serious damage they can cause to timber and timber framed buildings.
Eastern subterranean termites live in colonies underground and are among the most prevalent termite species found on the eastern portion of the country. They are considered a wood damaging pest and will account for over 5 billion dollars in damage repairs to US homes this year.
Why do I have them?
Termites live in the soil around your home in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland and Virginia. They spend most of their time foraging for the cellulose material found in dead plant material, fallen timber, and other wood debris. It is not uncommon to unearth termites in the mulch surrounding your home or in a nearby wood pile.
When soil conditions are optimal for termite activity, colonies can develop within close proximity to the foundation of your home.
When subterranean termites forage for food they often enter homes through tiny cracks in the foundation, many of which are below the soil surface. Once inside, they continue exploratory foraging until wood is located. This food source can be any structural timber behind walls and ceilings where the termites are difficult to detect. In many instances a termite problem will lie undetected for months, or even years.
For real estate individuals and or companies wanting a termite inspection, please visit our real estate termite inspection page.