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Signs of Termites

Author: Travis Killian

 

Termites might be secretly infesting a house without being noticed by the homeowners. Pest Management Professionals, however, are trained to determine several signs of termite infestation. These people know where to specifically look for these signs and are able to assess the severity of the infestation by means of careful observation.

Even if you are able to detect that termites are actively roaming your vicinity, locating their nests can be a completely different quest. It requires a great deal of work and energy to locate a termite nest. Sometimes people get so caught up in killing every termite that they see; they forget that a nest is replacing these workers as rapidly as they are perishing. You must ask yourself where termites live and what type of environment would house their colonies before advancing in your endeavors.

Answering the question \"Where do termites live?\" is relatively easy. Generally, termites live on pieces of wood and underground. Determining their exact location in your house or property, however, is quite difficult and you need to consult experts in order to come up with a full-proof termite management and eradication program.

Many types of termites live on soil. They are referred to as subterranean termites. Traces of these termites are mud tubes that are built to connect their nests to their food sources. These mud tubes function as pathways in when they gather and transfer food and also provide additional protection from harsh environmental conditions and natural enemies like ants.

Where do termites live besides underground? Termites also thrive well in dry wood. Such choice of habitat gave them the name drywood termites. These organisms live in the same place where they get their nutrition. Signs of their nesting activity include leaks, holes and cracks on wood portions of the house such as posts, doors, and flooring. Decayed wood, timber and tree trunks in the yard are also appealing places for drywood termites. Decayed wood is easy to digest and contains fungi that are also good sources of nitrogen for termites.

Termites, like all animals, must live in an environment that is essential to their survival. They need moisture, food, and protection against extreme weather and natural enemies. Think like a termite and you might be able to find their nest.

Remember that termite activity is at its lowest in the winter. However, due to global warming and termite intellect guiding them for a perfect habitat, some termites can continue to feast on your property throughout the winter. You can use this knowledge that has been presented to inspect your property. If you are having trouble, feel free to consult a professional and seek their advice.

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