Latin Name: Termitoidae
There are thousands of different insects that feed on dead organic material and are considered “termites.” These insects are notorious for feeding on wood and causing significant harm to buildings, crops, and other vegetation.
While termites are not closely related to ants, they share a lot of similarities. In fact, flying ants and termites are often confused because they are both brown in color, are about 1 centimeter long, have long slender bodies, have large wings, have 6 legs, and have antennae. Termites are distinct in that they do not have an abdomen, their heads are more round, and their antennae are straight rather than jointed.
Termites, like ants, live in colonies with a specific social structure, but the role of a termite colony is very different. Termites exist to break down organic material. Because of the destruction this causes to crops, buildings, and other human possessions, termites are often reviled and feared.
Termites can reproduce and grow their colonies quickly, causing widespread infestation and damage before they are detected. While they tend to thrive in warmer climates and are most active in North America during the spring, there are over 3,000 species of termite. Each of these species is unique, with many adapting to the climates in most of the regions of the world.
The different species of termites can also vary in their habitats and food preferences. There are subterranean termites that live in soil and other termites that prefer to live in drywall. No matter the type of termite, it is important to inspect your home often and detect any infestation as soon as possible before too much destruction occurs.
How to Get Rid of Termites
Termite infestations are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. As soon as you see any signs of an infestation, be sure to take all possible actions to ensure no further damage occurs. For extreme infestations, you may need to consult a specialist. A specialist can give you tips and assistance with your specific problem. You may need extensive treatments if the infestation is particularly bad.
Kill existing termites. CedarCide’s CedarShield wood treatment formula penetrates the wood, removing moisture and beginning the petrification process. Termites and anything else inside the wood are killed in the process.
Use bait. With more termites arriving as others die, it may not be enough to just kill the existing termites. Termite bait can be used to draw the rest of the colony away from the house. This method has been used to remove and prevent infestations for many years in regions all over the world.
Ways to Prevent Termite Infestations
If you have ever experienced a termite infestation, or know anyone who has, you know that it is important to take necessary precautions to prevent costly damage to your home. It is better to be cautious than suffer the consequences of a termite infestation.
Remove their food sources. While you may not be able to completely remove wood and organic materials from your home, you remove the excess materials and limit the colony’s food sources. Clearing away debris from the foundation of the house and storing firewood far from the home can actually make it difficult for termites to feed or venture into your home for food.
Keep things dry. As with most insects, termites are attracted to damp places. Check your home for drainage problems or leaks. Make sure that rain water flows away from your property and isn’t pooling around your foundations. Check the inside of your house for leaky pipes or faucets. Keeping your house well ventilated can also help minimize moisture build up.