Termites, like other popular bugs known to man, are damaging and irritating. The good thing about these wood-eating pests is that they don’t feed on people, unlike other insects like lice and mosquitoes. The bad news is that they are as equally irritating and likely even more damaging than the others. Because termites prey on woods and other dead plant materials like fabric, paper, and leaf, they have the capability to literally bring down the home by eating its foundation.
They are frequently mistaken for ants and are even known as “white ants” because of how they look like. Both insects live in social economies and have physical traits that are comparable to each other. But termites don’t have a waist and eyes, not like ants that have noticeable waist and compound eyes. Termites also have antennas that look like a cord of beads, while ants have a distinct bend in each antenna.
Termites are really powerful despite their tiny size. They can take down a full house by eating its foundation. They love the fiber in wood and other dead plant materials. That’s why people oftentimes see rotten edges on their wooden windowsills or half eaten pages on books. But although old woods and buildings are the likely targets, new houses aren’t protected either. They also eat new woods.
Humans may think they are infuriating, but these pests are actually helpful to the ecological system. They help clean up the ecosystem by clearing away rotten woods and leaves waste, recycle nutrients and improve soil formation and quality, and even help offer creatures shelter and increase wood surface spaces by consuming the insides of woods.
Still, if they are inside the household, they are damaging pests that can cost property owners thousands of dollars in repair. Practice termite control measures to lessen the probability of infiltration, such as constructing a barricade beneath the house’s foundation and adding chemical barriers in the soil or scattering it on the foundation. Whereas termites mostly target wet and cool places in the house like the basement and attic, they also target dry spaces. Every wood in the house isn’t protected from these insects unless they are sealed with paint or sealed with weather sealers.
If the invasion is already considerable, call on termite control specialists. They can do fumigation, baiting, and other termite control methods to exterminate the damaging insects from your home. If you think that there are termites in your home, have professional evaluation as soon as possible before it’s too late. Only vast and costly renovation can save your property if the infiltration is overlooked for a long time.