Learning About Termites

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Termites can be a problem to any home owner who lives in an area where these insects thrive. Termites are social insects just like ants and bees. This means that they live in colonies and have social hierarchies. They are one of the very few insects that can fully digest the cellulose in wood as they have evolved to eat and survive on wood. This is the reason why these insects present a danger to every wood structure out there.

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The Different Types of Termites

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Just like there isn’t a singly type of ant, there are several different categories of termites. The primary distinction is based on their habitat. There are two major groups of termites, the ones that live in dry wood and the ones that live in damp or wet rotten wood. These termites live inside wood of varying levels of decay and moisture content.

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How to Detect a Termite Infestation

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Termites are cryptic creatures that live in the dark. You might have a termite infestation already and the problem is that you might not even know it. There are however, some signs that you can look out for in order to determine if you have an infestation or not.

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Where do Termites Live

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Termites build nests in wood or in the ground. Specifically wood and dry plant matter s the most abundant category of primary production on earth and termites are the primary group of animals adapted to feed on this non-nutritive matter.

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The Termite Threat

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Termites are very particular creatures and they can survive in a variety of environments where there is enough sustenance for their colony to move. When termites settle in your home they can cause a great deal of damage to a home.

Wooden houses are particularly prone to termite damage as they can provide food for large termite colonies. Even though termites are tiny, their colonies are very large and thus over time they can eat away large parts of your foundation and thus cause problems and reduce the stability of your home. It is not only dead wood that termites go after. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection or otherwise called an infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Keep in mind that even the smallest sing of a termite infestation should alarm you. Termites can seriously damage the structure of a house or building. (more…)

Termite Colonies

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Termites live in large colonies. These colonies can range in size and population substantially. Specifically, termite colonies vary in size according to their conditions, they can be as few as a couple of hundred, but once established they can contain as many as termites.

There is no standard size for termite colonies however, the only thing that they all have in common is that they need specific types of organization to function. It needs the queen to produce eggs, the workers and such. Every termite colony is organized in a class system based on the tasks of the termite. There are workers, soldiers and the lucky reproductive ones. In most cases, termite colonies have a fertile queen and a king, the workers, and the soldiers. An interesting fact presented at: determite.ca is that kings are usually much smaller than the queens. Kings are 1–2 cm long while the queen grows more than 4 in long. (more…)

Termite Bait Systems

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Even though it is best to get a termite control professional to perform the termite extermination, you can read a few things about termite treatments so that you know what is involved even if you choose to do it on your own. (more…)

Termite Fumigation

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Another popular and effective termite treatment is the fumigation. Fumigation is much more complicated than other termite treatments as it involves covering ones home entirely with a tent. This treatment is used to treat more intensive termite infestations.

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