Termites: Determine the Species and Eliminate the Threat

Termites are a destructive force and they will damage your home by consuming the wood. However, before you can get rid of them, you need to know which species you are dealing with, so you can create an effective plan for removing them from your home.


The first step in eliminating the termites in your home is to figure out which species you are dealing with. In most cases, you will have one of two types of termites in your home.

Type number one is a subterranean termite, which builds its nests underground. These termites use tunnels that they construct to stay moist while they travel. One of the easiest ways to identify this species is to locate any tunnels the termites have built on the exterior portion of your home. Most subterranean termites will not go above ground without a barrier such as the tunnels, because sunlight and other heat sources dry them out, which can kill them.

Unfortunately, several other species exist such as drywood and dampwood termites. These termites build their nests above ground and you can sometimes find the nests in your attic or walls of your home. Their food source is the wood in your home, though some species like the dampwood termite prefer wood that also has a water source such as rainwater.

Dealing with Adults

The next step is to deal with the adult termites. For subterranean ones, you want to break apart any tunnels you find and spray those areas with an insecticide designed for termites. This will help you eliminate some of the pests that are damaging your home.

You also have the option of spraying your home with an insecticide that will kill termites when they get the chemical on their body. Some of these chemicals soak into the wood, so that the food source of the insect is contaminated.

Eradicate the Nest

The last step is the hardest, because you need to find and eradicate the nest. The average homeowner will have a difficult time doing this, since many termite nests are well hidden to prevent invasions from competing insects.

To accomplish this goal, it is best to bring in a pest control company. The technicians can usually locate the nest by following clues the termites leave behind. With their knowledge and equipment, the technician can use a chemical that kills the adults, larv, and eggs within the nest.

If you have a large infestation, the technician may need to tent your home, which involves sealing up the house and then spraying a chemical that kills all of the termites. However, if you pay close attention to any insects that you see, you may be able to avoid this process. For this reason, you should consult a pest control company like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services as soon as you see a termite in or around your home.