Let’s Talk about Pests! Specifically, let’s talk about TERMITES!!!!

Termites all belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the order Isoptera. There are over 2,000 different species of termites with over 40 species in the United States alone. Most of these insect species look very similar to one another, typically measuring between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch in length with soft bodies and straight antennae. They can range in color from white to light brown, while the worker termites tend to appear lighter, while swarming termites are darker. 

 

Termites commonly live in wooden structures, decayed trees, fallen timber, and soil. Some termites require different amounts of moisture and are found in larger population number in tropical regions where the living conditions suits them best. 

 

What Termites Eat

 

Termites are  detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed mostly on dead plants and trees and receive nutrients from cellulose, an organic fiber found in wood and plant matter. Termites feed mostly on wood for their diets, but also eat other materials like paper, plastic, and drywall. 

What should caution you is that a termites’ mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This is where they cause major damage to properties like house foundations, furniture, shelves, and even books as possible feeding places. 

 

Things You Should Know – Important Termite Facts

 

Termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damage annually and most insurance plans don’t cover this damage

Reproductive flying termites leave their mature colonies to mate and pair off during summer months of the year. 

Some species of termite queens lay millions of eggs each year. 

 

Home Termite Prevention Tips – 

 

Since we now understand the dramatic impact of the destruction termites can cause, it’s important to understand how to prevent them from damaging your home. 

Termite Control  comes down to 2 processes: preventing termites from accessing your home and treating the termite colonies that do exists. 

 

 

Termite Prevention – ATAP Termite Control

 

Methods to help prevent termite damage to your home are:

 

How to Prevent Subterranean Termite Infestations

 

Remove Access

 

Reduce Food Sources

 

Reduce Excess Moisture

 

Monitor for Activity and Employ Prevention Techniques

 

How to Help Prevent Drywood Termite Infestations

 

Remove Access

 

Reduce Food Sources

 

Monitor for Activity and Employ Prevention Techniques

 

As you can see, termites are nothing to take lightly. They can cause significant damage to your home, as they are often called the “silent destroyer”. Don’t be caught off-guard! Protect your home today by calling ATAP Termite Control today! 

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