Termites are one of the most common pests that make their way into homes and businesses. They feed primarily on wood and can cause thousands of dollars of damage to the inside and outside of your building. Termites often go unnoticed until they cause enough damage to seriously ruin the structural integrity of your home and furniture.
If you suspect a termite infestation in your home, time is of the essence. Call a professional extermination service immediately to eliminate the termites and protect your home. My Private Exterminator has over 15 years of experience serving the New York area and can help you eradicate your termites today.
Types of Termites in New York City
When you the average person thinks of termites, they usually think of them all as one insect. However, there are several termite species, each of which has its own diet, habitat, and impact. Use the following information as a guide to help you determine the type of termites that may be in your home:
- Dampwood Termites: Dampwood termites feed on very wet wood and are likely to populate houses with leaking plumbing that keeps the wood wet. They don’t commonly carry diseases or bother buildings as the wood often isn’t moist enough.
- Drywood Termites: Drywood termites eat plastics, wood, wallpaper, and plant-based fabrics. They are known to build tunnels through buildings which can cause immense structural damage as they chew through wooden support beams.
- Formosan Termites: Formosan termites eat plenty of wood and plant-based fabrics. Due to the amount of wood they consume regularly, they can easily destroy the structure of your home.
- Subterranean Termites: Subterranean termites eat plastics, wood, wallpaper, and plant-based fabrics. These are the most destructive as they can eat wood foundations, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, and insulation.
How Do I Know if My Home Has Termites?
Termites are small and secretive, so spotting them can prove to be difficult. Once they burrow themselves into a hollow place, they may not reappear for what seems like years.
Termites are active all year round but typically rear their head the most during the springtime. If you see small flying insects around your windows and discarded wings around your home, you may have a termite problem.
Another telltale sign of a termite infestation is to spot the damage they cause around your home or business. Termites can cause significant damage to:
- Ceilings and roofs
The National Pest Management Association reports that termites cause more than $5 billion in damage in the U.S. each year. Don’t let termites take over your home and contact My Private Exterminator today.
The first step to successful termite extermination is to locate the termites and identify the species. It can be difficult to spot the presence of termites if you do not have the proper training. To ensure the safety of your home, it’s best to let a professional help you.
After we locate and identify the termites, our experts can help assess damage and come up with a plan to tackle the problem. Every member of our team is licensed and trained by the Department of Environmental Conservation. We use only the best technology and techniques to ensure that the extermination process goes smoothly and quickly.
Call Us Today
The longer termites live in your home, the more damage they cause. Don’t hesitate to call My Private Exterminator today. We offer affordable rates and hassle-free scheduling for your convenience. Contact our office at (347) 365-2159 to schedule an appointment. We are available to speak 24/7.