Mud tunnels if there are subterranean termites
Droppings if you have drywood termites
Both types of termites can cause some serious damage, but subterranean termites area more destructive than dry wood.
Yes, termites can make their way through very small concrete cracks.
Termite workers can live up to 2 years, but the queen can live up to 10 years.
They can make their way into a house through small cracks, vent screens, gaps. They can also build mud tunnels up the side of foundations, concrete piers, etc.
All homes that have some wood or are fully constructed with wood should be inspected every other year, including houses that the exterior is constructed with stucco.
Avoid earth to wood contact, no plumbing leaks should go unattended for long periods of time. Exterior wood should be kept well sealed and have good ventilation in the subarea is also important.
After a treatment, it can take up to a month to fully eliminate the colony.
Termites can't be easily eradicated. Special equipment is necessary and knowing the right product to use comes with years of experience and training. The product must be mixed to the right ratio in order to eliminate a termite colony.
Treatments are safe, some of the active ingredients being used for termite control can also be found in flea treatments for pets. All treatment must be done by a professional for a safer outcome.
All licensed termite inspectors within a company have to complete continuing education by attending seminars or take educational courses. Training is also performed within a company to improve termite services and to protect the consumer.
Most termite companies are capable of or fixing structural damage.