Pest of the Month: Termites

Subterranean termites are one of the most dangerous pests in the United States — and they inhabit New York! The reason these pests are so dangerous is because they cause billions of dollars worth of damage every year. Knowing their profile and what they’re about can help you dispose of them and knock them out!


  • Size: ⅛ inch
  • Color: A shade of black; white wings
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Long and narrow body, antennae, 6 legs; workers and soldiers are wingless while swarmers have wings
  • Whereabouts: Underground or within wood

What They Infest
Subterranean termites will infest anything that is made out of wood as this is their source of food. However, you may not notice that you have an infestation of termites because they eat the wood from the inside out. If you’re unsure if a certain piece of furniture or structure is being consumed by termites, give it a knock. If there are termites inside of the wood then you will hear a hollow sound due to this missing wood. The moment you finally see a termite, swarming or not, the infestation will immediately require professional help.

Pest Management
Do your best to try and prevent termites from entering your home because once they arrive, the damage will rack up quickly. Keep any wood from touching the ground outside because the termites will come from underneath the dirt and into the wood. Calling a professional pest control service is also recommended so they can provide you with a termite protection plan. These plans will include things such as Sentricon which is widely known as one of the best termite management systems available.

Since termites are one of the worst pests to have on your property, it’s best to become educated about them so you can properly prevent and manage a possible infestation. Whether you’re looking to sell or buy a home, manage an infestation, or would like to prepare just in case, contact the professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more information, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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