The advent of centrally heated homes has made it possible for termites to become a threat in virtually every region and state in the U.S. Termites cause more damage each year than fires and storms combined, and this spring, they will continue to invade the homes of more than 2 million Americans at a cost of more than $2.5 billion dollars in structural damage.

On the average, there could be as many as 13 to 14 subterranean termite colonies per acre, which means that a typical home may easily have three to four colonies situated under or around it. And because there can be as many as 1,000,000 subterranean termites per colony, the threat of infestation becomes a very real one indeed.

Subterranean termites nest in the soil to obtain moisture, but they also nest in wood that is often wet. They easily attack any wood in contact with the ground. If the wood does not contact the soil, they can build mud tunnels or tubes to reach wood several feet above the ground. These tunnels can extend for 50-60 feet to reach wood and often enter a structure through expansion joints in concrete slabs or where utilities enter the house.

Winged termites emerging from the ground out-of-doors near the house does not necessarily mean the house is infested, but it is a good reason to check further. Narragansett Pest Control uses all methods to control termites. This includes, but is not limited to: liquid treatments, baiting systems, wood treatments, and non-chemical methods.

Carpenter Ants and Termites are often confused. Here are some of the characteristics to look at. Click on image below to enlarge the termite and carpenter ant comparison.