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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.

The reason being that they feed on wood, not only live trees, but also structures made out of wood. The societal structure of a termite colony is based on certain principles. Each termite has a specific role in the colony. Termite colonies can become extremely numerous and one can hold as many as 15,000 termites per square meter

In general, termites are cryptic creatures. This means that they stay in colonies for a long time and primarily live underground and within wood pieces. As a result, a termite infestation can go undetected for many years and a home owner can have a termite colony eating away his wood for a long time before even noticing.

Even in cases where you have termites feeding in a piece of wood that you can see, the infestation can go un-noticed. The damage termites can cause can be extensive but the surface area of the wood is usually left in tact. As a result you might have a thousand termites feeding on a piece of wood that is seemingly intact from the outside.

Termite colonies have workers, just like bee colonies have. Temrite workers are best described as “little white things” or “little white ants” that are often found in damp, rotting wood. In many cases termites are confused with ants. The major difference is however, that the abdomen of termites is broadly joined to the thorax, whereas in ants it is constricted at the base and connected to the thorax by a narrow petiole. Additionally, the antennae of termites are moniliform with segments resembling a minute string of beads.

If you think you have termites then you should definitely consult a pest control professional who has a license and can deal with termite treatments and extermination.

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