termites in virginia beach

Swarming Termites!!

Termites in Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads

It’s termite season in Hampton Roads! Knowing what termites look like could save you thousands in damage repair. Did you know that most homeowners policy does not cover termite damage? Furthermore, even having a yearly termite inspection might not be enough. Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, and its surrounding cities are all in the top regions in the US for recorded termite damage repair.

Know what termites look like:

Swarming termites can resemble flying ants. Termite colonies begin forming immediately after swarmers hit the ground in a suitable spot. Termites are good at making homes just about anywhere that has a cellulose source and a healthy amount of moisture–exactly the kind of environment that your house provides! Contact Universal Pest & Termite for a termite inspection.

Fact: Subterranean termites begin their feeding process (damage) from the ground up and typically enter a building through the sub-structure. Homes with crawl spaces are at great risk. It is here you should look for evidence of damaged wood and mud tubes. Wood damaged by this particular species develops “galleries” (hollow tunnels), which run along the grain of the wood.

Termites can cause major structural damage to homes and other buildings. People usually only see termites inside when an infestation is already well established. You may also find termites on the exterior of the home around dead tree stumps, rotting boards or other detritus. Termite colonies are divided into different classes, and most termites only come out in the dark. The most common class that you will see outside of the colony is the alate class, or winged termites. Winged termites are a reproductive class and they swarm before they mate. You can identify termites through their body shape, legs and wings. Many homeowners mistake termites for flying ants. If you live in Hampton Roads, it can happen to you! Don’t take a chance, let Universal Pest & Termite handle your termite control needs.

Make sure to schedule a termite inspection with Universal Pest & Termite.