Termites at your Horse Farm
Termites look like little white ants with long bodies in their crawling stages. (When they swarm, they look like flying ants.) Those little critters need water from the soil around your barn, run-in sheds, and home, so they build little tunnels out of the soil, so they can move around in climate-controlled comfort. In these pictures I took, they are climbing a treated wood post, and moving across cement. This structure was only three years old when they invaded, and they were caught because I knew what to look for.
Termites find North Carolina one of the ten best states to live in. Because of that, you should plan to do an inspection every year of all of your structures. Since termites are industrious, why not do an inspection every Labor Day? Walk around your horse farm and look inside and outside on all of the buildings. The tunnels will vary in color based on the soil color. The soil in these pictures was sandy, however I have seen clay colored tunnels, too. If the wood looks in poor shape, poke it with a screwdriver to make sure it is solid. If in doubt, call a professional exterminator! Most companies will do a free inspection (hoping to find the beasts) and only charge if a treatment is needed.
By the way, termites love both cardboard and wood. Get those things out of your crawl space and barn!!! And if you see wood to earth contact, get a rake and pull the earth away.
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