Termites can live until they are approximately 50-years-old and they are quick to reproduce, especially after a rainfall.
There are many different kinds of termites. Subterranean termites swarm in groups during fall and spring, especially after a rain. Swarming means they leave the nest, and travel about 600 feet to find new food sources and mate.
Termites don't just live in wood. Subterranean termites, which can be found throughout the United States, live in nests in the ground or in wet areas above the ground. Puddles near the foundation of a structure, including puddles caused by the rain, are an ideal home base for termites.
Identifying a termite infestation can be done by checking for damaged wood and looking for termite wings that were shed. Termites shed their wings when they find a place to built a nest. Mud tubes from the foundation to the woodwork are also a sign of termites.
Preventing a termite infestation can be done by cleaning up the backyard and not leaving any wood particles lying around. Preventing any puddles around the house is another way to prevent a termite infestation.
Getting rid of a termite infestation can be done by a pest control professional. Chemicals are used to get rid of the colonies. Termite bait can also be used.
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