How to Identify Termites | Pest Control

My name is Jeff White. I’m the research entomologist of bed bug central
and the host of bed bug TV, I have no idea how I got into bugs and bed
bugs, and here I am, six years later, having a lot of fun working with bed bugs. I will be talking to you about pest control. The last we all want, is termites eating our
investment. Are they inside your house? Are they chewing on the wood that makes up
your house? It’s a great question and one of the most
difficult question that we, from the pest control industry, struggle with. Identifying termites is a very difficult task. They lead very cryptic lifestyles, meaning
they hide very well and they are very difficult to see. One group of termites is what we call subterranean
termites. These are termites that are typically associated
with northern states, make colonies outside of the home, in the ground. Those colonies travel underneath the ground,
to the house, eat the wood and then go back to the colony. The other group of termites that we have,
are formosan or drywood termites. Those are termites that can actually make
their colonies inside the walls of the house. Again, very difficult to identify, because
they never have to leave the wall and obviously, we can’t see into the wall. So how do you identify these things? One of the easiest ways, and one of the ways
most people find out they have termites in their house, is by seeing what we call swarmers. Depending on the termite species, they are
going to reproduce and try to spread their colonies at different times in the year. So what people will all of a sudden see, are
termites coming out of say, an opening around their sliding glass door in the house. All of a sudden they will see these winged
termites, flying all over the place. That’s an indication that you might have a
termite colony, somewhere associated with that home. A lot of times, that’s how people find out
that they have termites. The other ways are detection systems. Pest control companies can install baiting
systems around the house. The termites will chew on the wood inside
these baiting systems and give us an indication that there might be termites, somewhere associated
with the home. Beyond that, when it comes to subterranean
termites, they typically will make mud tubes up the side of the construction. So if you go out and walk around your house,
and you see small dry tubes going up the bottom of the foundation to the home, that’s probably
a termite tube from a subterranean termite. It protects them from the dry air and keeps
them moist inside that tube. If you see these tubes, contact a pest control
company to identify if it is, in fact, a termite tube. In terms of the drywood termites that live
in the wall, you may see a hole where these termites are going into that wall and then
you’ll see frass or fecal material just below that hole in the wall. Again, very tough for a home owner to identify. If you think you have a problem, you may want
to contact a pest control company to identify the situation. So identifying termites is difficult, keep
your eyes open and if you’re concerned about it, you may want to consider a baiting system
to help you identify a problem as early on as possible.

41 thoughts on “How to Identify Termites | Pest Control

  1. I'm gonna laugh the day that the people bashing on him get bed bugs or termites in their homes and have to look up how to deal with it

  2. What are the studs made of inside the walls? What about the paper on the back of the sheetrock? Wood you like to reconsider your statement?

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  4. Great, informative video considering it's relatively short! The trouble with termites is by the time these signs manifest, it's likely that some damage has already been done. It's all the more important to get the exterminators on the job asap.

  5. Thanks for sharing.  As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with a high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species. Bodies of king and queen dampwood termites range in size from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch long and have two pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape and extend beyond their abdomen. Nymphs range up to 5/8 inch and worker dampwood termites are up to 3/4 inch.

  6. I would ID those as Formosan termites, a subterranean termite with the ability to establish satellite colonies above ground, around other sources of moisture…in southern states

  7. Great video on the basics of identifying termites.  I think for most people identifying the soldier and worker termites is pretty easy, the tricky part is determining the difference between winged termites and winged ants.  That can be a bit tricky.

  8. Plans from Stodoys sites have different difficulties, but everyone will find something for themselves.

  9. would ID those as Formosan termites, a subterranean termite with the ability to establish satellite colonies above ground, around other sources of moisture…in southern states

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