Wood near foundation feeds termites and termite swarmers
This video is a great illustration of termite activity adjacent to a foundation. This home had a termite swarm inside. The finished basement made it impossible to find mud tubes or swarm castles. The home has a brick veneer on it. Termites enter behind the brick veneer below grade through cracks and weep holes below grade and feed up the sheathing behind the veneer. We found these termites under wooden pallets stored under a deck. Do not pile wood on the ground near a home. Keep woodpiles and stored wood raised off the ground and away from the foundation.
Termites are the biggest threat to your home’s structural integrity. They eat wood from the inside out. Termites avoid exposure to light and air. This cryptobiotic nature means they often go unseen until damage or a swarm appears.
Termite swarmers, workers, and soldiers are visible in this video. Swarmers are black with wings resting straight back over the body. Termite workers have a cream color. Soldiers have a cream-colored body with brown heads and pinchers to defend the colony from attack.
The next video shows termites feasting on Sentricon Termite Bait. The only way proven to eliminate termite colonies is by killing the termite queen. We install the bait around the outside perimeter of the foundation of the structure. Baits are spaced 10 to 20 feet apart and put closer together in areas where the activity is heavier or conducive conditions exist. At Greenhow we specialize in termite services such as treatment and control. Call for an inspection and service quote as well as a free consultation.