From far away, it may be hard to tell that there is anything
unusual about this tree.
But take a closer look. Do you see them now? Swarms of termites
infesting this tree on a college campus!
Billy Tesh went to visit his daughter, a senior at the University
of Alabama, for a fun and relaxing weekend. What he didn't expect
was to encounter the most destructive wood-destroying pest in the
United States during his stay.
The President of PMi Pest Management Systems, Inc., a full-service
pest control company that has been serving the Piedmont Triad area
since 1984, spotted hundreds of bugs flying around while parking
his car to go to the school's football game. He decided to follow
these bugs to find out the source, a base of a tree adjacent to the
Bryant Denny Football stadium where he observed them feeding on the
wood. He identified these distinctive creamy brown bugs as Eastern
While there is no report of the infestation being treated, Billy
Tesh's encounter is a good reminder that termites can often be
found in unexpected places and may cause serious destruction.
Subterranean termites can collapse a building entirely, destroy
plastic plumbing pipes and even damage swimming pool liners. Their
hard, saw-toothed jaws work like shears and are able to bite off
extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.
Termites are known to cause financial ruin for homeowners, as most
insurance policies do not cover damage created by this pest. In
fact, termites generate more than $5 billion in property damage
every year. As a result, prevention is key in avoiding an
infestation in and around your home.
To help prevent termites, it is important to prevent water from
accumulating around the foundation of a home or building by
diverting it away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and
splash blocks. In addition, it is recommended to reduce humidity in
crawl spaces with proper ventilation. However, the most essential
step is to eliminate wood contact with the soil by maintaining a
one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the
* Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist
secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million
members. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food
sources and to protect themselves from open air. For more
information on termites, please visit PestWorld.org.
Thank you to Billy Tesh of PMi
Pest Management Systems, Inc. for sharing this Extreme Infestation
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