Termite Populations Depend on Weather and Food Sources

Termite Activity Increases Dramatically During the Summer

Published on August 30, 2017

In warmer climates like the American Southwest, termites remain consistently active and visible all throughout the year. On the other hand, termites in cooler climates, tend to exhibit less activity during the winter months, although this does not mean that their activity has ceased altogether. They continue to feed even during the coldest months of the year, and signs of termite damage can manifest at any time.

It’s difficult to predict exactly when termite season will begin or end, although the duration of the season will often depend on where you live. Subterranean species, for example, will not forage for food if the soil is too hot or too cold, thus limiting the time in which they can successfully breed and expand their population.

Weather is one of the main factors that will impact termite activity, but it’s by no means the only important aspect. Termite activity also often depends on the degree of shelter that a given nest can offer its population.

For example, drywood termites, which might nest inside heated structures, are not nearly as exposed to harsh winter temperatures as other species or populations, meaning that they can continue to feed and breed virtually unabated.

Likewise, subterranean termites have the ability to build nests more than eighteen inches below the surface of the soil, enabling them to escape the frigid temperatures above ground. During the unforgiving winter months, environments with controlled temperatures, like basements and attics for example, are ideal nesting places for termites.

It’s unlikely that termites will make their presence known during the winter by swarming—an activity that usually takes place in spring or summer, depending on the temperature—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that termite activity has stopped. In some tropical parts of the country like Florida, for example, swarms may still be observed in the winter, where temperatures can still reach up to the seventies or higher.

Even in these tropical climates, however, breeding will still usually take place in the spring and summer. They will most likely take place on warm, calm days that follow a rainstorm.

Depending on the availability of food, this process can sometimes take up to five years. During this pre-swarming period, termite colonies can continue to grown and cause damage to your home unnoticed. If you suspect that termites have nested in or around your home, call your local pest control expert right away.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

Formosan Termites Are Tenacious and Resourceful Pests

Formosan Termites Can Expand Their Population Sizes Incredibly Quickly

Several different termite species make their homes in the warm, dry regions of the southern United States, but none is more dangerous and costly than the Formosan termite. Originally from East Asia, Formosan termites were inadvertently brought to the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.

After establishing colonies in and around port cities, they soon spread to other parts of the country, particularly the American south. Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas termite services are fighting hard to combat the rampant spread of these insects.

That said, Formosan termite soldiers have oblong heads, whereas other species indigenous to North America tend to have more rectangular heads. Likewise, Formosan termite soldiers are markedly more aggressive when defending their colonies from attackers than indigenous species. When the soldiers engage a threat, they release a white liquid that is used for defense.

Formosan termites are a mostly subterranean species and prefer to build their nests beneath the soil. They commonly invade and begin to consume wooden structures that are in contact with the ground. However, they’ve also been known to construct tubes made of mud which extend off the ground, allowing them to reach otherwise unattainable heights in relative safety.

Likewise, Formosan termites build carton or honeycomb-like structures that help retain moisture, enabling them to build nests that don’t require them to return to the surface for water.

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries.

If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations.

The Formosan termite alone is responsible for upwards of $1 billion in damages in the United States every year. Their voracious appetites for wood mean that property damages are on the rise all across the south.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termite have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

Carpenter Ants Versus Termites

Carpenter Ants and Termites Can Cause Similar Types of Damage

Carpenter ants are among the most common ant species found throughout Texas. They are an extremely adaptable species and have been known to thrive in outdoor and indoor environments.

In broad terms, these ants prefer semi-moist and humid environments and usually nest in trees, tree stumps, fallen logs, fence posts, ceiling beams, roofing boards, and even inside attic insulation.

There are twenty-five different species of carpenter ants in the United States, each will slightly different behavior and appearance, which means that identifying these pests can be difficult. They can range anywhere from three to thirteen millimeters in length, and have been known to sport colors like black, brown, yellow, orange, and red.

Thanks to their tiny size, these ants can go undetected for long periods of time if they choose to nest inside your home. By the time their presence become apparent, extensive damage to your home may have already been done.

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wooden structures in which they nest. Rather, they break down and remove the wood in order to enlarge their nesting space. Depending on the size of the colony, the amount of wood that these ants are able to destroy over time can be extreme.

Although these pests have the ability to break down and remove cellulose material, they usually prefer to move into preexisting cavities like termite galleries, or areas that have been gradually worn down by rot. These areas prove especially attractive to carpenter ants as they search for a nest because of the naturally moist conditions. Keep an eye out for piles of sawdust-like material or similar wood shavings that may be collecting around suspicious holes. This removed wood material is one of the telltale signs that carpenter ants have been expanding their nest in the vicinity.

The appearance of worker ants will be the most obvious sign of an infestation in your home. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that carpenter ant workers can vary in size within the same species. Likewise, these pests have been known to traverse great distances as they forage for food, meaning that even if you spot some of these ants around your home, it shouldn’t be taken as conclusive evidence that they have decided to nest inside your walls.

When trying to determine the nesting place of a carpenter ant colony, check these kinds of areas first. One you determine the nest’s exact location, it’s possible to treat the infestation with an insecticide dust or aerosol spray. However, attempting to administer these pesticides on your own is ill-advised, as the improper application of these toxins may inadvertently harm other residents or pets.

Baits have traditionally not been successful in dealing with carpenter ants, but your local pest control expert will be able to determine which extermination method will be the best fit for your home.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas ant removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If ants have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced ant removal experts.

Controlling Formosan Termite Colonies

Formosan Termites Are Dangerous and Destructive Pests

The Formosan subterranean termite is a particularly nasty invasive species from China that has spread throughout the North America. Their destructive capability raises economic concerns in places like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth. The Formosan termite was originally transported to the United States from Asia and has adapted extremely well to its new environment.

The Formosan subterranean termite is sometimes called the “super-termite” because of its incredibly destructive capabilities, which is due, in part, to the incredible size of their colonies and the rapid rate at which they consume wood. The number of individuals in a colony can vary, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through many types of soil.

Naturally, the presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby man-made structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been fully eradicated—only temporarily deterred.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by these termites. In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs.

In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

The Many Challenges of Dallas Termite Control

Dallas Termite Control Experts Face Off Against Subterranean Termites

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

Dallas termite control can sometimes be a tricky proposition. When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations. If you do determine that you have a termite problem, get in touch with our Dallas termite control experts.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Termites are a constant threat to your home and a lot of the damage can be done before homeowners actually realize there’s a problem. If you suspect that termites are making inroads towards your home, there are a few wise precautions that the aloof homeowner can take in order to deter termites from making your home their own permeant residence.

For example, Dallas termite control professionals recommend that you remove stacked-up firewood from foundations or crawl spaces, remove tree stumps and other wood-based debris from around your home, place metal screens on any outdoor vents, and frequently inspect wooden fences or other similar structures for signs of termite damage.

Termites are estimated to be some of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts report that these pests cost homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress termite-related issues. In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Dallas termite control professionals at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Subterranean Termites Threaten Structures in Dallas and Houston

Termites Present Extreme Economic Threats in the Southwestern United States

Several different termite species make their homes in the warm, dry regions of the southern United States, but none is more dangerous and costly than the Formosan termite. Originally from East Asia, Formosan termites were inadvertently brought to the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.

After establishing colonies in and around port cities, they soon spread to other parts of the country, particularly the American south. Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas termite services are fighting hard to combat the rampant spread of these insects.

Formosans are social insects that live in large colonies. The individuals in these colonies are broken into three distinct castes, each with their own occupation and purpose within the hierarchy: with reproductive nymphs (which may or may not have wings), the soldiers, and the workers. Formosan drones and workers are very similar in appearance to those of other termite species, so many pest control experts will look to the soldiers in order to facilitate correct identification.

That said, Formosan termite soldiers have oblong heads, whereas other species indigenous to North America tend to have more rectangular heads. Likewise, Formosan termite soldiers are markedly more aggressive when defending their colonies from attackers than indigenous species. When the soldiers engage a threat, they release a white liquid that is used for defense.

Formosan termites are a mostly subterranean species and prefer to build their nests beneath the soil. They commonly invade and begin to consume wooden structures that are in contact with the ground. However, they’ve also been known to construct tubes made of mud which extend off the ground, allowing them to reach otherwise unattainable heights in relative safety.

Likewise, Formosan termites build carton or honeycomb-like structures that help retain moisture, enabling them to build nests that don’t require them to return to the surface for water.

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries.

If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations.

The Formosan termite alone is responsible for upwards of $1 billion in damages in the United States every year. Their voracious appetites for wood mean that property damages are on the rise all across the south.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Preventing Formosan Termite Infestations

Formosan subterranean termites are among the most destructive pests in the U. S.

The Formosan subterranean termite is a particularly nasty invasive species from China that has spread throughout the North America. Their destructive capability raises economic concerns in places like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth. The Formosan termite was originally transported to the United States from Asia and has adapted extremely well to its new environment.

The Formosan subterranean termite is sometimes called the “super-termite” because of its incredibly destructive capabilities, which is due, in part, to the incredible size of their colonies and the rapid rate at which they consume wood. The number of individuals in a colony can vary, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through many types of soil.

Naturally, the presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby man-made structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been fully eradicated—only temporarily deterred.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by these termites. In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs.

In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

If termites have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Termites and Bait Stations

Refilling and Maintaining Bait Traps are Key for Exterminations of Termites

Termites are perhaps the most dangerous pests that can face a homeowner. Not only can they cause cave-ins if an infestation becomes large enough, but they can cause billions of dollars in property damage and home repairs across the United States every year. To make matters worse, many homeowners have no idea that their home is actually infested until it is too late.

There is a lot of conflicting information on the web about what damage termites can do to your property, as well as what steps to take in order to get rid of them. Cantu Pest Control experts have come to understand these tenacious pests and have developed special techniques and practices to deal with them as cheaply and inexpensively as possible. Many pest control companies are now using baits and traps as a viable means of eliminating termites.

Many species of termites, including the incredibly destructive Formosan termite, live underground colonies which can be massive in size. These colonies can grow to such sizes that they can include many millions of members without homeowners actually realizing it. When a termite colony grows large enough, it will often splinter off into smaller, decentralized groups. These separate groups, of course, have the ability to grow in size themselves, eventually perpetuating the problem.

It can sometimes be difficult to ascertain the dimensions of infestations, but it’s been observed that some can have a fewer number of larger albeit disparate colonies, or a larger number of smaller colonies occupying a smaller area. The exact nature of an infestation can best be determined by a trained pest control expert, who will know the best methods for identifying and eliminating the pests in question.

Subterranean termites will excavate narrow passages through the soil until they come to a consumable wooden structure, whereupon they’ll begin to feed. While some termites can actually be beneficial to the environment by helping to break down decaying organic matter, the problem arises when the termite populations in a certain area become too large and begin to eat away at wood at an accelerated rate.

While there a number of “barrier” solutions that exists which can protect your home from termites, baits are also a popular alternative solution. Termite baits work by attracting termite foragers to a seemingly attractive but poisonous piece of bait, at which point these forages will consume the bait and share it with the other termites in the colony. Over time, this process will lead the the eventual decline of the number of termites in a population.

These traps can be installed both above and below ground, and will attract termites with a cellulose-based material such as wood, paper, or cardboard. The baits are often installed at a fixed interval across the suspected infestation area in order to increase the chances of discovery by a colony. It’s important to note, however, that this process, safe and cost-effective as it is, does take time, and the baits will need to be replaced and maintained periodically.

If termites have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Formosan Termite Colonies in Texas

 

Formosan Termites Have Proven to Be Challenging Pests

Formosan termites can be a particularly dangerous species that is not native to the United States, but was transported to North American after World War II. This species can be found throughout the southern and western U.S., and has spread incredibly quickly throughout the country. Cantu Pest Control has extensive experience in dealing with these pests in several areas of Texas, including Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth.

Because of their remarkably destructive potential, this species of termite is sometimes known as a super-termite. Likewise, the incredible size of their colonies and and the rapid rate at which they consume wood has gone a long way to cement their status as one of the most dangerous and destructive pests in the country.

The number of individuals in a colony can vary, of course, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through soil.

The presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby manmade structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been successfully eradicated.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by termites.

In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are likely infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs. In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

If termites have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Formosan Super Termites

Formosan “Super Termites” Have Proven Tenacious Pests

Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found throughout the United States. Of the myriad species of subterranean termites, the Formosan is perhaps the most economically destructive. Formosan subterranean termites are a non-native species and are believed to have been brought back to the US from southern China or Japan after World War II. Formosan termites typically prefer warm climates and can be found all throughout the southern United States and have been sighted in areas ranging from Texas to the Carolinas and even in California. Formosan termites are sometimes known as “super termites” in some circles because of their propensity for causing excessive damage to structures, as well as the fact the number of individuals in a colony can often number well into the millions.

As the name implies, subterranean termites are most commonly found underground, but they’ve also been known to infest fallen logs, stumps, or other dead wood that is in contact with the ground. They become major problems for humans, however, when they begin to infest man-made structures such as structural lumber in houses. All told, these insects cause upwards of five billion dollars in damages each year. Moreover, most homeowners have no idea if their home is actually infested, and by the time they discover that they actually have a problem, the damage has already been done.

Formosans, like many other species, are known to swarm when they are ready to reproduce and their population reaches a certain size. When these insects begin to swarm, which usually takes place during spring or early summer, individuals will look for a mate, at which point they’ll begin colonies of their own.

Like all subterranean termite species, Formosan termites eat wood as well as any other cellulose material. These pests move directly from the soil in which they live to any wooden structure that can find, which means that you can reduce your risk of termite infestation by keeping a close eye on wooden decks or porches that come into contact with the ground, and by calling a pest control expert as soon as you suspect that damage has been done.

In many newer structures, it’s a matter of complying with building codes to pressure-treat external wooden surfaces with some kind of preservative like creosote, pentachlorophenol, inorganic salts like chromated copper arsenate or CCA, etc. While these measures are primarily in place to avoid fungal damage, they have also proven unattractive to Formosan termite colonies. In addition to this pressure treatment, it’s also recommended that homeowners make sure that leaking plumbing, air conditioning condensation, or any area that may collect moisture be corrected as soon as possible in order to make your property as inhospitable to termites as possible. There also exist several soil treatments, which are the conventional method for preemptively dealing with these pests, and involve placing chemical barriers between termites and the structures to be protected.

If termites have made an appearance in your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.