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Basic Termite Identification - Harvey Pest Control USA

Termite killer products are available as liquids, termite bait systems, or both. Liquid termite spray products are fast acting, can be applied closer to the infestation, and require less maintenance. Termite Bait Systems are less intrusive, no drilling or trenching is needed, no expensive equipment is required, and bait systems can help you identify a problem before the termites reach your home. You can do your own termite control, and we carry all the termite killer you'll need. Continue reading below the products to learn more about termite protection.


A Termite Treatment Doesn't Have To Cost a Fortune

Termites can be one of the most destructive insects to your home. They’re not just annoying, but they can actually damage the structural integrity of your most important investment.  In the southern United States it is estimated that there can be anywhere from 15-25 active termite colonies in any given acre of land. The question is not if your home will get these wood-eating monsters, but when.  You have invested a lot into your home and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in some good termite control to keep them away. At Harvey's Pest Control we have all the different pest control products you need to live pest free, even from termites.

Signs of termites

Basic Termite Identification
Termites are a huge problem and a serious threat to the value and structural integrity of your home. However, due to their reclusive nature, it can be hard to tell whether or not your house is troubled by these insects. Therefore you should know the following termites signs that might indicate a problem in your home and be ready to act to get rid of them if they are present.

How Do You Know If You Have Termites?

  • The most common signs of termite infestation are a raised tunnel of dirt also known as a termite mud tube that leads to the house that is under siege. These tunnels can also be found on the house itself, and are a surefire way of knowing that you have termites. Often if you follow them back they will lead you to the main colony, which means that there are likely to be many thousands of termites going back and forth between there and your home. These tunnels also present a serious threat to the wood in your home, as it does not take long for these wood-destroying insects to cause serious damage.
  • Another of the tell-tale termite signs is finding their waste products around the wood in your home. It is usually a powder with the consistency and appearance of sawdust, and if it appears near cracked or brittle wood, you can be sure that you have a problem on your hands. Termite excreta can also take the form of small pellets not unlike roach or rat droppings, also found near the wood in your home. Any of these signs of termite damage are reason enough to begin a termite treatment program right away.
  • The process for how to tell if you have termites is most easily done by looking for these two signs, although there are some other methods that can help. Examining the actual interior of your home in crawlspaces and underneath the house can tip you off if you see the signs of termite in home. By keeping a watchful eye on the exterior and interior of your home, you’ll be sure to be aware of how to know if you have termites, and what to do if they do appear inside your house.

Basic Termite Identification

There are three different types of termites that are likely to infest your home: Subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Here is a brief description of each type.

  • Subterranean: Primary reproductives are black to pale yellow-brown in color; Wings are pale or smoky gray to brown in color with few visible veins; ¼ to 3/8 inch long. Secondary reproductives are white to cream in color, wingless, or very short wings. Workers make up the majority of a colony and are white in color, wingless, and ¼ to 3/8 inch long. Soldiers resemble workers in overall appearance, except with a slightly larger brownish head and more prominent mandibles or jaws.
  • Drywood: These colonies contain a caste system of workers, soldiers and reproductives, which are all up to ½ inch longer than subterranean termites. Workers make up the majority of the colony; they are about 1/8 inch long, white to cream in color, and have no wings. Soldiers defend the colony against other insects that might attack the colony; they are white and wingless with large brown heads and jaws. Reproductives are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings that extend twice the length of the body.
  • Dampwood: The Dampwood termite is sometimes called the "rotten wood" termite and is associated with high moisture content and wood decay. At 3/8" to ¾" long, the dampwood termite is larger than both the drywood and subterranean. Soldiers defend the colony against other insects that might attack the colony; they have a flattened brown head with long dark brown to black mandibles. Reproductives are dark brown with brown wings. Nymphs are creamy colored with a spotted pattern on the abdomen caused by food in their intestines.

Termite Behavior

  • Subterranean termites live in the soil, with nests away from your home or wood structures. They infest wood that is underground directly in contact with the soil. The worker termites travel into your home and take their food – your wood – back to the colony. Subterranean termites require a high moisture content to survive, which is why they live underground and are rarely seen out in the open. You won’t find many outward signs (“sawdust” like materials or excrement pellets) because these termites use those materials to make tunnel-like structures, or mud tubes, on the walls (indoors or out) of your home to retain their moisture. These termites are usually found in more “tropical” climates, and if the moisture content above ground is adequate, they’ll create nests above ground. Subterranean termites are the most destructive wood pest in the U.S., with huge colonies consuming up to 15 pounds of wood a week and the termites can travel up to 100 yards to access wood.
  • Drywood termites do not require any extra moisture other than what is present in the wood. They have relatively small colonies and don’t cause extensive damage unless left untreated for many years. They will infest and consume any wood cellulose material and you could find them in furniture, dying trees, utility poles, etc.
  • Dampwood termites need more moisture than drywood termites but not as much as subterranean; they don’t require soil moisture but do require wood with high moisture content. They are most often associated with rotting wood and wood partially underground, like stumps or fallen branches. Around your home you could find them in rotting deck planks or wood around leaky showers, tubs, or roof eves and any other place with poor ventilation.

Pictures of Termites

Here are some termite pictures to help you identify them:

Basic Termite Identification

Basic Termite Identification


Termite Soldier Picture

Basic Termite Identification

Termite Treatment Cost

Termite pest control services can be costly and that’s why we sell everything you need to do it yourself. DIY termite control is so much cheaper than hiring an exterminator. On average, the cost to do it yourself is only about 10% of what it would cost you to hire a company. When you consider that most companies will charge about $1,500 to do a treatment, you can easily see how much you can save with our help.

The Right Products For The Job

There are several different kinds of methods that you could use and we have the right experience to help you know which one is best. Our highly trained staff of termite control experts can help you implement the right protection so you never have to deal with termites again.

We sell all of the best professional products like Termidor and Bora Care to help you take control of your termite infestation and get rid of them for good. A fully matured termite queen can lay up to 2,000 new eggs per day and an aggressive approach to killing termites is often needed to completely exterminate them from your home. With these products, you'll never have to wonder how to kill termites again!

If you would like to know how to get rid of termites, and the most effective treatment methods available today, you can give us a call at 1-866-581-PEST. We have termite extermination specialists standing by ready to help you get rid of these destructive pests for good!

Articles on Termite Control

1. How to Choose a Professional Termite Company  - You have decided to call in the pros or maybe you have started your own treatments but needs some back up. These pointers will help you choose a company you can trust.

2. Do Your Own Subterranean Termite Inspection at Home  - Every good termite treatment program begins with a thorough inspection to determine trouble spots. Find out how. This article includes a list of the most common signs of termite infestation.

3. Termite baiting is a fairly simple process and can be used as a tool to monitor termite activity early on before infestations flare up. Installing bait stations around your home provide excellent control when combined with a barrier/soil treatment. The following articles will assist you in successful termite baiting: Termite Baiting Systems, Firstline and Advance termite baiting systems, Do Your Own Termite Baiting, Advantages and Disadvantages of Termite Baiting

4. Barrier/ Soil Treatments for Termite Control- Discusses how to do your own preventative barrier and soil treatments both pre- and post-construction, using products like Timbor, Termidor, and Cyper WP. Soil treatments form a barrier to prevent termites from entering your home through gaps, cracks, crawl spaces, or wooden elements in the foundation.

Recommended Products for Soil/ Barrier Treatments:

  • Termidor SC
    Termidor SC is one of the most effective termite control products available and widely used by professional termite extermination companies. 
  • Dominion 2L
    Dominion 2L is a generic non-repellent product like Termidor, but is half the cost and just as effective.  

Recommended Termite Baiting Systems:

  • Advance Termite Bait System Kit
    The Advance Termite Bait System is one of the most widely used professional termite detection systems used by professional exterminators.  This kit gives you everything you need to start doing your own termite eradication.
  • FirstLine Termite Defense System Kit
    Complete Starter Kit for the Firstline Termite Defense System.

Is do it yourself termite control for me?

The answer to this question will be different for everyone, and the right answer for you will depend on several factors. Termite treatments can be challenging and tedious, requiring specialized training and equipment. Many homeowners have successfully performed their own termite treatments using liquid treatments and/or baiting systems, while others have found it more prudent to pay a professional in order to save time, money, and potential frustration. Before you decide, you may want to consider the following:

  • Situations that pose a greater challenge for termite treatments
    - Structures or homes built on a slab, because of the required drilling
    - Structures or homes with a basement, because of the required drilling
    - If you are going to need a clearance letter as proof of termite treatment for a mortgage company, this  has to be done by a licensed Pest Control operator
  • Situations that are more conducive to do-it-yourself treatments 
    - Treating your own fence posts, mail boxes, wooden sheds, and other wooden elements in the yard. 
    - A block type home with enough crawl space clearance to easily apply chemicals.
    - Have a professional Pest Control Operator perform the liquid barrier and soil treatments, but you install your own baiting system.

I. If You Have an Existing Infestation: 

The most effective treatment for active termite infestations is a combination of applying a barrier/soil termiticide treatment, and installing a termite bait system. Keep in mind that a baiting program requires a lot of time, effort, and energy on your part to install the stations and then monitor them on a consistent basis, over a period of years. If monitoring is not done properly, the baiting program will fail. If you feel that you are not up to monitoring your bait stations, call in the professionals!

II. Preventative Treatments: 

The same combination of termite treatments used for controlling an active infestation will go a long way to prevent future infestations. 

Applying a liquid termiticide to your foundation soil will create a barrier to protect your home that can last up to 5 years if undisturbed.

Termite baiting systems are all the talk on the pest control market as an effective means of managing and preventing termites. Baiting is not a barrier, so it should not be used as a stand-alone treatment, but baiting will drastically reduce the chances of termites making their way into your home.


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