Why There’s No Such Thing as a “Small” Termite Infestation

The Alvin Pest Control, LLC Blog

Each year, millions of hopeful couples will take the leap of faith together, and the overwhelming majority will fail. Those few termites who succeed will be together for life, carve a kingdom for their children and grow old together. It would be inspiring if that couple wasn’t carving its kingdom out of the wooden supports that keep your family safe.

Colony Growth

A pair may begin with just a dozen or so workers and have a few hundred after a few years. That “small” infestation you discovered may even be a secondary or tertiary nest for a larger colony and will grow far faster. The queen will lay an egg every few seconds when she has the workers to care for them.

Wood Consumption

Large colonies may eat as much as a pound of wood a day; imagine a hunk of wood that weighs about as much as a pop can. But, even a young colony can begin working at the foundations of your home. Think of a chunk about half the size of a No. 2 pencil eraser disappearing from the same beam of wood every day.

Structural Damage

The same tiny colony that is eating chunks of wood from your home is also introducing moisture into the tunnels. As they carve, they introduce moisture to the wood that causes it to rot, weaken and fail. The wood is often far worse than what is observed on the surface, especially if termites have been eating away at it for days, months or years.

The truth is, the “small” infestation you observe is often the tip of the iceberg lurking in your walls.

Know the Enemy

Texas has two main types of termites that invade people’s homes – Formosan subterranean termites and Southeastern drywood termites. The former live underground and grow huge colonies, whereas the latter have smaller colonies but live inside wood tunnels they carve. Both species have the same caste structure of a queen, a king alates (princes and princesses), workers and soldiers.

The queen must die to end the colony. 

Let Us Help

You do not have to act alone to prevent an infestation or get rid of one. We can protect your home with Sentricon, the same system used to protect national treasure buildings like the White House and the Alamo. Contact our professionals at Alvin Pest Control to get a free quote and set up an appointment.