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A Few Things You Should Know About Termites Before They Show Themselves This Summer
Everybody is talking about termites, which makes sense given the unique climatic conditions that became familiar last winter. And now experts are telling us to prepare for a bug invasion. The mild winter and mild spring created the perfect storm of bugs, but big-deal right? Who cares about bugs? I am sure you, and a whole lot of people, are not afraid of bugs. What are all of these bugs going to do, drive us from our homes?
Well, hopefully the bug epidemic that is supposed to hit this summer turns out to be overstated despite the several seemingly legitimate warnings from the experts. And while most bugs do not possess any threat at all toward you, or any other human for that matter, there are a few bugs that possess the potential to cause extensive damage.
Of course I am talking about termites. You know? Those tiny bugs that form colonies numbering in the thousands, and they may, or may not make your house collapse. The problem with termites is their taste for cellulose, mostly in plant form. However, our houses and apartments provide more than enough cellulose in wood to feed an army of termites for years.
In the United States, there is not just one single type of termite that goes around causing problems; there are actually three main types of US termites. The first is known as subterranean and the second and third are named drywood and dampwood, respectively. Three types of termites may seem like a lot of termites to handle, but don’t forget that there are over two thousand species of termites in the world.
If you want to prevent the presence of termites in your home then try and reduce the moisture levels throughout your house as termites thrive in moist conditions. Repair leaky faucets, clean your gutters, and get rid of the standing water on your roof.
Have you ever known someone to had to sell his or her house due to a termite infestation? Or did he or she contact pest-control?
Much like ants, termites also have a queen, and she is a god to them in their little own universe. The queen is the most important member of the colony; while the male is always beside her as a loyal supporter and companion to the female queen-termite.
The queen fulfills many functions that would cause the whole daily termite operation to come to a halt if the queen were not around. Of course, the colony must remain well populated since so many worker ants are meant for nothing more than a quick death during battle.
The king is responsible for ensuring that the colony is sufficiently powerful. The king is sure to provide the queen with as many offspring as she can handle. The king can make this assurance since he spends his, and the queen’s life, mating underground. The king and queen choose to mate underground because, only there, can they remain safe from the multitudes above. The only time the queen makes any significant physical movements is when her mating duties have ceased. Once the queen’s offspring become old enough to care for the queen’s larvae, the queen moves on, and retires perhaps.
Much like ancient India, termite colonies have a caste system, so no equal rights for termites I am afraid. The cast system is made of workers, soldiers and reproductives. The caste system is also determined by the king. For example, the king termite will release pheromones that work as a mind control solution that helps give the king a better idea as to where an individual would fit into a caste system. What’s more, if the pheromones disappear from the termites’ environment, they all just default to being reproductives.
To the naked eye, kings and queens may look awfully similar, but after a while, both the king and queen begin to develop distinct bodies as well as improved eyesight. It seems that even when it comes to termites, it is good to be the king.
Have you ever witnessed two arthropods of any kind mating? Contact us for a free inspection is you suspect your have termites in the Texas region.
In observance of termite awareness week Certified Termite & Pest Control offers the following termite prevention tips:
Termites are known for building mounds that can reach heights of thirty feet. Despite the amount of energy termites put into building such monumental mounds, termites rarely spend any time dwelling inside of them. So why do termites devote their lives to mound-building?
The answer to this question has been unknown to science until recently.
Experts have already learned that the only instances in which termites inhabit the mounds that they build is when they are about to be attacked by other invading insects, or when the mounds need to be repaired. Termites instead choose to live in the nests that they build.
Experts now believe that termites build their mounds in order to create a structure where they can survive if the outside environment were to become unfavorable. The mounds exist to provide a place of refuge from excessively hot and dry temperatures. In addition to this, researchers also found that termites are able to control the environment within the mound. When inside of the mounds, termites are able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and by virtue of this process, termites also control the temperature and moisture level within the mound. Researchers believe that humans may be able to create machines that can control temperature by studying how termites are able to control the temperature within their own environment.
Which other insects, besides termites, are able to create their own environments to assist with survival?
Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Termites feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products.
Certified Termite & Pest Control offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:
If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact Certified Termite & pest who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan.
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