As you can probably guess from the title, in today’s article, we will be delving into the world of those tiny little critters known as Termites.
We know you’re (probably) here because you want to know how you can get rid of them (don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to), but understanding a little more about Termites is hugely beneficial as it may help you to know when you have a Termite problem sooner than later, which is a problem that needs a rapid solution!
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An Introduction to Termites
How big are termites? Typically termites will be anywhere up to half an inch in length, although kins and queens can reach over one inch long.
What colour are they? In most instances, termites will be pale/yellow/orange.
How many different types of termites are there? There are three primary types of termites – damp wood, dry wood.
Do termites have wings? Some termites do have wings. The colonies utilise these termites for reproduction purposes.
Are Termites a severe threat? Termites can wreak havoc on your home if their infestation is not treated quickly enough. We refer to termites as ‘silent home destroyers’ because they can go undetected for an extended period without causing any visual damage. Termites feed on cellulose-based materials; therefore the majority of homes (regardless of their construction) will provide food for termites, and are therefore susceptible to a termite infestation.
What are the signs of a termite infestation? They include, but are not limited to: Termite droppings, mud tubes on exterior walls or wooden beams, hollowing sounding wood (when knocked), wings from swarmers, visual sighting of winged termites in or around your home, cracked paint.
Where do Termites live? Generally, termites reside in all manner of wooden structures. This includes the wooden framework of a home, fallen and rotten trees and even soil. The amount of moisture termites require (which varies within the species) will ultimately determine where they inhabit.
What does a Termites diet consist of? Termites feed on detritus, i.e. dead plants, trees and the like. As mentioned above, termites feed on cellulose, which is found in abundance in wood and decaying foliage. However, it must be noted that some termites will feed on human-made materials such as plastic, plaster and cardboard. Termites have a voracious appetite. This, combined with the sheer number of termites within a colony, can cause rapid devastation.
What can I do to prevent a termite infestation in my home? The first step we advise you to take is to reduce the amount of moisture in and around your home, as well decreasing any fallen trees, leaves or plants that termites may take a liking to (they will go wherever food is abundant). To make your home a less enticing target for termites you can do the following:
– Keep gutters and drains clean and unclogged.
– Ensure that your home is always well ventilated.
– Seal around pipes or any other areas of moisture where termites could potentially enter.
– Consistently remove any decaying trees, leaves or plants from your yard.
– Fix all leaks.
– Ensure that any crawl space is free of plant matter and foliage.
– Raise any wood stored around your home off the ground.
– Ensure the integrity of all wooden structures (for rot).
And there you have it – a brief guide to termites.
Don’t forget, if you’re struggling to get rid of termites or aren’t sure whether you have an infestation then always contact a professional, such as those at Xtermites.com.
Thanks for reading!