$5 billion. Let us say that again: $5 billion!
Is that the contract number for your favorite New York sports star? Or the next Los Angeles center fielder?
Nope. That number represents the dollar amount in damage — annually — termites cause to homes in the United States. If that number staggers you, good. Then you understand how important it is to eliminate termites at the first sign of an infestation.
Termites date back almost 120 million years and they serve a vital purpose in the wild. Without them, dead trees and other foliage would just sit around taking up valuable space. In fact, if it weren’t for termites, there’d be little room to build houses, apartment buildings or any other structures so vital to supporting human life.
But as in any 1950s horror movie, there comes a point at which the insect becomes a horrible monster that seeks to destroy the human race. OK, so termites don’t desire your destruction — but they are hellbent on destroying your structure.
These scavengers often show up in houses in early spring, when the winged scouts (called swarmers — creepy, right?) look for new areas in which to create a colony. To them, your house looks like a giant, all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s like building your house in the parking lot of your favorite restaurant.
There are two significant termite species in New York and Los Angeles:
Subterranean termites (New York): These termites are active in all states except Alaska because they can survive at a much wider temperature range than other species. Their colonies often number in the thousands of workers and they prefer soft spring wood. The damage caused by subterranean termites often has a honeycomb appearance, with only the wood grain left behind.
Formosan termites (California): These are the scariest types of termites, primarily because they are larger than any other species in the United States. As a result, they do more damage than any other termite species (it’s their size, not the eating speed, that increases their destructive power). And Formosans are smarter. Unlike other termites, who can only survive with soil contact to absorb water, Formosans build nests inside the colonies where they can store water in various forms (you don’t want to know — trust us). Scared yet? How about if we told you that their colonies often contain hundreds of thousands of workers. Yeah, go ahead — try to get to sleep tonight.
Fortunately for your peace of mind, the experts at Green Earth Pest Control are familiar with not only these two main species of termites in their primary service areas, but all the others as well.
Our trained technicians know all the latest termite information, which means they will be able to create a specific plan to protect your home, office or apartment building from these desperately destructive insects — before it costs you dearly.