Does termite invasion worry you? If yes, you aren’t alone. Termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage every year. The loss doubles when owners spend an equal amount in attempting to control them. In this article, we will tell you all about termites pest control - facts, identification & control. Scroll down for more useful information.
Some Facts about Termites
We will talk about the facts and figures first, and then will let you know different ways of prevention and control.
- In the U.S., there are three main types of termites: dry wood, subterranean, and damp wood.
- Since they are insects, they belong to the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda.
- There are around 2,000 species of termites, all having different names.
- They range in size from 0.4 to 0.5 inches. However, their kings and queens are lager in size.
- Some termites are flying insects known as reproductives.
- They are detritivores and feed on dead plants. They search for cellulose found in wood of dead plants.
- The wooden structures are their habitats, including fallen leaves, decayed trees, and timber.
How to Identify and Control Termites
Most people remain unaware of termite’s presence until they experience property damage. Also, they are mistaken with ant swarms because both look somewhat similar. Following are the two differences between them. Have a look, so you can differentiate.
- Swarming ants have unequal wings; the two front wings are larger than the two back wings. However, termites have four equal sized wings.
- Termites have straight antennae, but it can droop. However, swarming ant’s antennae make a 90-degree angle.
So, what’s the best way to identify? With the use of a screwdriver, examine the wood for holes and spaces through probing. If you find hollow regions, then it’s a good bet you have a termite infestation. These are the some preventative measures you should take to keep termites away.
- Make the structure of your property as unappealing to termites as possible. Obviously, this isn’t something you can do after infestation. You should keep this in mind during construction. Use a concrete foundation and leave ventilation space.
- Repair any leaks quickly. Damp wood attracts termites.
- Seal any openings through the cement foundation that offer termites an entrance.
- Do not plant trees too close to your home.
- Keep your home and surroundings neat and clean.
The next step is to call the professionals at Termanator. Eradicating a termite infestation early will save you more money by limiting structural property damage. We provide our expertise at affordable prices. Rather than spending a fortune on repairing your property later, call us today to get rid of the problem, both now and in the future.