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Types 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.

Generally, termites live on pieces of wood and underground. However, they can also take shelter within your real estate. It can be difficult to spot this species in your home, so consulting a professional is advised before disregarding their presence.

Subterranean termites live on top of soil, which makes this species easier to spot. These termites use mud tubes to connect their nests to their food sources. This provides an ideal transportation system - especially since they lack eyesight and have to rely on other senses. These pathways also serve as a way to protect them against natural enemies such as 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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