On Termites and Home Infestation#
Termites are said to damage approximately 600,000 homes in the US alone, and its residents spend roughly $5 billion annually to eradicate and fix the problems caused by these parasites. House pest control experts describe termites as wood-destroying insects that are capable of disintegrating the entire structure of a typical house.
What some people don’t know is that termites have been around since the dawn of dinosaurs. They live in colonies with their queen and have to eat constantly. These little oval-shaped critters measure approximately ½” to 5/8” mm. They are long, narrow six-legged parasites that like to chew on moist woods.
Its colony is characterized as follows:
A female termite that has wings, and can produce eggs upon consummation is considered the queen of the colony—the same thing goes for the king. The queen has the capability of ‘physogastry’ or expansion of the abdomen to accommodate reproduction. It can live up to 45 years and can lay 2,000 eggs a day.
The workers are responsible for foraging and storing of food in the colony. They also oversee the overall maintenance of the colony and take care of its brood. They digest cellulose found in rotting wood.
The soldiers guard the nesting grounds. They have different structures compared to worker termites, as soldier ants develop strength and tough ‘armor’ coatings which are useful against attacks.
The last thing that you’ll need in your home is a colony of termites jacking up all the wooden structures leaving no smidgen behind. No home is safe, because once a colony starts to accumulate in a certain area, it becomes unstoppable. According to termite control Orange County experts, termites leave their colonies to form a new one sometime during spring or fall and like to swarm on homes.
Termites are subtle, as they often eat and nest without homeowners knowing about it. If you get to see one, you’re already in trouble as it’s likely they’ve already accumulated in certain areas of your home. Sagging floors, cracking paint, loose plaster and jammed doors or windows are some of the signs of termite infestation, according to an Orange County termite control professional.
As advised by a professional, don’t wait until your home gets ravaged by termites. Have a termite inspection Orange County experts suggest performed in your home. If already infested, have a termite control expert do a fumigation of the area. Visit allabouthome.com/tips/pests/termites.html for more info about termites.
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