WDI (Termite) Information
WDI's are wood destroying insects and termites definitely fall into this category. This acronym includes other pests such as Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees.
These pests can be devastating to a home. Termites themselves are very common. They live in the soil all around us every day. They are the creatures nature provides to clean up the underground. If appropriate action is taken, they are also easy to control. The most common species of termite in our area is the Subterranean Termite. They can enter a home a number of ways or at any time.
Termites work 24 hours a day. "Worker" termites bring food to the colony through tunnels, without ever resting.
Termites need moisture to survive and will die if exposed to sunlight or open air for more than a few minutes. Their tunnels protect them from the elements. High moisture areas like basements and crawl spaces are very attractive to termites and can serve as starting points for an infestation. Once in, termites can infest virtually any part of your home -- wood trim, siding, wallboard, even picture frames.
If our inspection includes this service, we will perform a thourough visual inspection for these types of pests. All inspectors are licensed through the appropriate State Agriculture Department (Kansas or Missouri). You will get a non-biased report of our findings. Remember we can only report what we can see, so the better the access the better the report.
Termites swarm in May and June. Swarming means that the winged reproductives (winged termite kings and queens) leave the colony to mate and set up new colonies. At this point in their life cycle they look similar to flying ants.
Concrete slab and basement foundations are some of the most susceptible types of construction for termites to infiltrate. Termites only need a crack of one-sixty-fourth inch in the slab floor to gain entrance into your home.
Termites can travel up to 130 feet from the colony -- and once they discover a food source, they leave a "chemical trail" for others to follow.
The old adage," An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" definitely applies to termites. One of the best preventative measures home owners can implement is to maintain a 6" barrier between the soil and the siding on their house. Treatments follow as a second measure of prevention.