10 Little Known Termite Facts

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Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: pests. Particularly, termites. Of all the pests you may encounter throughout the year, termites pose potentially the most expensive and damaging threat to your family and your property. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re up against when confronted with a termite infestation. So, for your reading pleasure, here are 10 little-known facts about termites and how to exterminate them this season!

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  1. There are about 50 species of termites in the United States and over 2,300 species worldwide. The peskiest species if the Formosan termite, which is a “subterranean” termite that thrives on damp wood. This species is responsible for most structural damage.

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  2. Similar to ants, termites are social insects and have developed a caste system that consists of workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites. Of the three, only reproductive termites have the ability to see.

  3. Because of their limited senses, they have to come up with different ways to communicate. They do this by secreting pheromones and banging their heads back and forth, which creates vibrations that the other termites can feel.

  4. Those pheromones the termites secrete? Well…the pheromones come through their poop, which the other termites eat for communicative purposes as well as creating a culture of bacteria in their digestive tracts. Gross. Moving on.

  5. Termites can get into the smallest cracks – all they need is a crack the width of a penny to invade your home. It’s important to regularly check the foundation of your home, your windows, and your doors for cracks that might invite a termite colony. If you hope to withstand the onslaught of termites this season and be effective in your pest control efforts, you MUST be vigilant in sealing all potential points of entry.

  6. Ants are the main predators of termites. You can rest assured that if there is an active colony of ants nearby, there likely won’t be a colony of termites. Sometimes ants will even organize a mass invasion of a termite colony! Of course, ants carry their own array of concerns with them, especially carpenter ants, which will also eat away at the wood and the foundation of your home.

  7. Termites never sleep – they are always eating, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Honestly, you have to admire their work ethic. But that also means that your termite pest control efforts need to be concentrated and effective in order to eliminate the threat to your home.

  8. Springtime is the ideal season for termite colonies to fester. The warm temperatures and the rain that comes with the spring season make for an ideal breeding environment for termites. Damp wood will have termites flocking to your property, so be wary of those April showers!

  9. Ultimately, the most effective way to exterminate a termite colony is to hire an exterminator. Spot treatments may be effective for managing a colony until a professional can assess the damage, but given the invasive nature of termites, the only true way to guarantee their extinction is to call the pros.

  10. To that end, termites don’t resist pesticides. For whatever reason, termites have not built up an immunity to modern pesticides. That’s why it’s important to call an termite exterminator and have your house treated every spring, before a termite colony establishes itself in your home. Because once you physically see a termite, the damage is already done. It’s important to stay ahead of termites throughout the season, so that you don’t risk thousands of dollars (even millions) worth of property damage.

If you would like to speak to a professional about termite control, feel free to give us a call. We would be glad to hear from you and are more than happy to help! 

 

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Written By: Home Pest

January 29, 2018


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