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Termites: Things You Should Know

Termites: Things You Should Know

Termites: Things You Should Know

 

Termites as we know them have been on Earth for at least 50 million years. They are very helpful to the environment. Termites play a critical part in nature. Termites are in reality important decomposers. They do not have that many bacteria in them as found in other species of insects. Termites are also closely related to cockroaches. Though they look like ants but as per the genetic research they are like social cockroaches. Both share a common origin. It is also believed termites originated from cockroaches around 170 million years ago. It’s also important to have the ability to identify termites that are often mistaken for flying ants.

Termites have a very sophisticated system that they use to communicate with each other. In order to communicate with one another in the darkness, they use pheromone signals or vibrations. A termite colony is basically a multigenerational family. Termite colonies have swarmer termites they send out in the spring to discover new colonies and begin breading again. The individual termite colonies are known to exist for as many as a single century.

Termites prefer water-damaged or rotting wood as it’s a lot easier to consume. They consume wood 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While they live on wood, they cannot actually digest it on their own. In some parts of the world, they are considered a delicacy. In some regions of the USA, they build freestanding mud tubes in order to get wood. They create hard mounds above the surface. Subterranean termites feed together with the grain as opposed to across the grain. Drywood termites are very dangerous since they attack the wood as a way to feed themselves. Drywood termites reside in areas of the nation which do not reach freezing temperatures during the winter.

Like bats and opossums, termites have a tendency to keep away from light. Termites are either blind or have simple eyes that can only differentiate between dark and light. It is intriguing to remember that worker termites are blind and don’t have any eyes. The only termites that could see are ones that need to leave the nest to locate a mate and a new place to begin a colony. Reproductive termites are the sole termites that require eyesight, since they need to fly to discover mates and new nest websites.

In your house, however, termites are bad news. Finding termites in your house is an alarming situation. They are widely regarded as damaging pests to have in your home or business. They can be a major and costly problem for homeowners to address when they discover they have infestation within their homes. They may make your home look dirty and you may need to call pest control services. But they are very clean and spend a long time grooming each other. They are often called the silent destroyer because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your basement or attic without any immediate signs of damage. If they have already found their way into your house, you need to exterminate them as fast as possible.