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Termites


Termites have commanded more attention than any insect pest. Viking Termite control specialists are knowledgeable in building construction, termite biology and behavior, the proper and safe use of pesticides, the use and maintenance of equipment, and safety. We always use considerable judgment in the performance of every job!

How do I know if I have termites?

If you have a pest sample, you can look for the following characteristics:

Ants

  • Elbowed antennae
  • Three distinct body segments with a slim “waist”
  • Front wings longer than back ones
  • Various sizes
Termites

  • Straight antennae
  • No “waistline”
  • Wings long and of equal length
  • Usually only about 1/8″ in length

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What can termites do to my home?

How to save your home, and your budget, from being eaten full of holes.

What can termites do to my home? Termites eat wood. In their natural state, they eat fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they can eat away the equity you have built up in your home and property. Termites infest millions of homes nationwide, causing billions of dollars in damage annually, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

What should I know about a termite colony?

Subterranean termites are native to every state except Alaska. A colony may include up to several million individuals, living as deep as 20 feet underground. Feeding on cellulose-based material, such as wood, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal combination of warmth, moisture and food.

The Queen occupies a “royal cell” with the King. She may live up to 30 years, laying many thousands of eggs annually.

Supplementary Reproductives act as replacements for the Queen if she should die. They may also produce eggs even if the Queen is healthy to help increase colony size.

Soldiers with armored heads and strong jaws, protect the colony from enemies, most commonly ants.

Winged Reproductives are the termites you may see when they “swarm”, usually in the spring signaling a well-developed colony. After shedding their wings, reproductives pair off, burrow into the soil and begin a new colony.

Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony’s food. Most damage is caused by worker termites.

 

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