Learning Center – Termites

termite-11In Southern Utah there are two different types of termites, Subterranean and Drywood. Inspecting your home and property for proper identification is key in the control of these wood destroying pests. The treatment of these wood destroying pests are different for each type of termite and is important to perform the proper treatment.


Subterranean Termites. Subterranean termites live underground and build tunnels, referred to as mud tubes, to reach food sources. Like other termite species, they feed ontermite-tube-1 products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring — groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive and live underground. They can build tunnels through cracks in concrete to reach the wood structure of your home.


Drywood termites Unlike subterranean termites which built colonies in the soil, drywooddry-wood-termites termite colonies do not need contact with soil moisture nor any other water source. As their name suggests, drywood termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level. Drywood termites build colonies in structural wood, fence and utility posts, furniture, moldings, door and window frames, and so forth. Because termite workers can be difficult to identify, species are often determined based on geographical location, location of colony and/or type of wood damage. Most often homeowners find these termites by the piles of debris found in window seals and under the location of infestation.


If for any reason you feel you have termites in your home please call and schedule an appointment so a Morgan representative can come and properly identify and solve any issues that are found.


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