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Information About Termites

Information About Termites

If you suspect that your home has termites, you have reason to be concerned . . . . More than 365,000 homes will need the fire department this year. But over 2 million homes will require termite treatment.

Homeowners insurance will help cover the looses from fires, storms and earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation.

Bad Dog termite control specialists can provide protection from termite infestation.

Termites can be found in almost every state as well as Mexico and parts of Canada.

They feed on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard boxes and a variety of other items. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because the wooden door and window frames, cabinets and shelving within the buildings. Also Bad Dog specializes in termite damage repair.

A termite colony is large, composed of the queen, king, winged reproductive swarmers, soldiers and workers. Worker termites are small, creamy white insects. They are the most numerous and the cause of termite damage. A property owner seldom sees the worker termites, but in the spring and fall he may see swarming “winged reproductives.” This form of termite can easily be confused with a winged ant.



The Queen occupies a “royal cell” with the King. She may live up to 25 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.

Eggs are cared for by workers during a two-week incubation period before passing into the nymph stage.

Nymphs mature into one of the four termite castes shown here.

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

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

Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony’s food. Worker termites cause the most damage.




Subterranean Termites are the most destructive kind or termite found throughout the states. Subterranean termites or (SUBS) as they are called build nests and live beneath the soil to protect them from low humidity and predators.

“SUB’S” forage for food (wood) such as rotted tree stumps, landscape timber or any untreated lumber within their reach. But don’t think you’re out of the woods just because you may have a concrete block home.

The Formosan Termite – A formidable new invader:
Long a serious pest in Hawaii, this species has recently entered the southeastern U.S. They have been known to chew through plastic, lead or copper to reach wood, even to attack living trees. Colony size has been estimated at nearly 7 million individuals, foraging over 38,000 sq. ft. of ground.

Subterranean Termites are excellent hunters and can build mud tubes out of feces, and wood remnants to reach area’s 50-60 feet away from the soils surface. It is not uncommon at all to find SUB tubes (tunnels) and deteriorated wood trusses throughout several areas in the attic. Also baseboards, wood studs, and fencing are common areas of infestation.

Subterranean Termites must continually return to the ground for moisture in order to survive. Therefore, treatments to rid your home of these unwanted guests consists of building a chemical barrier around the premise of your home between the soil and wood access thus preventing the active termites from getting the moisture they need to survive and the foraging termites from gaining access through other locations.

If Subterranean Termites have not yet invaded your home but are prevalent in your area, Bad Dog Termite & Pest Control can monitor your home with a state of the art baiting system called Exterra. Exterra not only detects the termite colony near by but also eliminates the colony and continues monitoring for future invasions by new colonies.



Drywood Termites unlike Subterranean Termites do not need moisture to survive. Drywood termites actually live right in dry, sound wood.

Drywood Termites can be found in just about any area of the home but are most prevalent in exterior areas of wood such as soffit, fascia boards, wood framing on doors and windows and any type of wood siding on the home.

Drywood Termites spread by the flight of winged reproductive, which leaves their colony to mate, and then enter any accessible wood to begin a new colony. After eating the wood, “DRYWOODS” as they are called excrete fecal pellets, which are then stored in the wood or removed through tiny holes they penetrate on the exterior of the wood. Signs of this sawdust like piles are a good indication of possible drywood infestation.

Because drywoods live in the wood, treatment can be handled in two different ways. First if the infestation is found in only one small area the possibility of a SPOT TREATMENT exists. This would entail removing the area of infestation and complete chemical saturation of the area of concern and all surrounding areas.

The second type of treatment would be FUMIGATION. This treatment is the only one which effectively penetrates the entire structure with just one application. Fumigations are a safe and effective way to control drywood termites.

The process of fumigation is done by tenting the structure and filling the tented structure with Vikane gas. Fumigations do not leave any residue, and you can return to your home normally within 3 days. Please refer to all pertinent before and after information regarding tenting your home so you will be properly prepared and know what to expect.




How Termites Enter The Home The most common termite, the subterranean, build! its nest in the ground. These termites construct mud tubes which are used to explore for food and connect their underground nest to that food source. They car enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through such tubes.

Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks or concrete blocks around plumbing. They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch.

Any building, whether constructed with slab, basement or crawl space foundations, can be targets for termite infestation.


Applying termiticides to soil around the exterior foundation creates a chemical barrier against the termites and is accomplished by trenching, rodding and/or drilling.


A treatment for slab construction consists of drilling through the slab floor or walls and injecting termiticides into soil along the inside perimeters of the foundation.


Basement construction may require treatment which injects termiticides into the soil through holes drilled in the basement floor or walls at regular intervals.


Crawl space treatment also involves trenching or rodding soil along the foundation walls and around piers and pipes, then applying termiticides