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Overview: Termites consist of thousands of different species of insects that feed on dead organic material. They most commonly feed on wood, and they are most widely known for causing structural damage to wooden buildings and also causing significant harm to crops and other forms of vegetation.
Latin Name: Part of the Termitoidae family
Description: Termites are only distantly related to ants, but share many similarities. Termites are often confused with flying ants because they look very similar to one another. Both are brown in color, approximately one centimeter in length, and have long slender bodies, large wings, three pairs of legs, and antennae. However, unlike the ant, the termite does not have an abdomen, the head is more round, and the antennae are straight instead of bowed. Also like the ant, termites live in large colonies where they operate within a hierarchical system. There are workers, soldiers, and queen termites. However, the duties of a termite are different from the ant. The termite’s role in nature is to work within their colonies to destroy and break down organic material. Termites are one of the most reviled and feared types of pests because they are capable of causing large amounts of costly damage. These insects are able to do so much damage because they can infest and multiply within a crop or a home to very large sizes before they are ever detected. If regular termites inspections or preventive measures are not in place, termites can cause widespread structural destruction before they are noticed. These insects tend to thrive in warmer climates and are most active in North America during springtime. However, as there are roughly 3,000 different species of termite, there are varieties that can live and grow in nearly any region. The different types of termites will live in different materials and feed on different sources. There are subterranean termites that prefer to live in mounds of soil, while there are other species that will live inside the drywall of a building, destroying the structure from the inside out. These pests can obviously cause major problems for humans.
How to Get Rid of Termites with Termite Treatment Procedures: Termite infestations can understandably be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are ways to eradicate the termites before they are able to do more damage to the structure. As soon as you see evidence of termite damage, it is important to, in extreme infestations, consult a professional to give direction and assistance. Extreme infestations can require extensive treatments.
Killing Existing Termites
Pest control specialists can treat the wood on and around the areas where termites are active in order to kill the present infestations. Baiting Termites – Killing the existing termites alone may not be enough if more termites are arriving all the time. This is when termite bait can be used in order to draw the rest of the colony away from the house. These termite treatment techniques have been used to remove and prevent termites for many years in regions all over the world.
Ways to Prevent Termite Infestations
Whether you have experienced termite infestations in the past, your neighbors have struggled with these pests, or if you simply want to be safe, there are many ways to reduce the risk that an infestation will occur. These include:
Make Your Property Less Appealing. Termites feed on wood and other organic materials. While you may not be able to completely remove these items from your home, you can make it harder for termites to find food sources. These termite control methods can be as simple as clearing away debris from the foundation of the house and storing firewood far from the home.
Stay Dry. These insects are naturally attracted to moist areas. To protect your home, check for drainage issues outside the house, and leaks inside the home. When it rains, check to ensure that water is flowing away from the property and not pooling around the base of the structure. Inside the house, identify and repair any leaks within pipes and faucets. It can also help to keep the entire house well ventilated, especially basements and attics. Termites are attracted to homes that have a large supply of moist wood and other damp organic material.
For regular termite control, use our green pest control products twice a year for maintenance to treat and repel potential termite issues.