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termite-pest-controlTermites, often called silent destroyers can throve in a home for a long time unnoticed. They belong to kingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda and class Insecta. Termites are sometimes called white ants and they feed on plant materials that are made of cellulose. They are social and similar to ants in social structure. They are detritus feeders because they feed in dead plants, trees, wood and wood in the soil.They cause a lot of damage to human property particularly a house’s foundation, furniture, shelves and books. Termites are mostly named according to the functions they perform. Termites that build tunnels are subterranean termites, more common in the continental United States. Those that infest walls and furniture are dry wood termites, popular in warm continents. There are also swarming termites that are usually windows and doors. Some termites have wings, these termites are called winged termites and they are very active when the sun is out during spring time. Termites usually function in colonies. In order to avoid termite infestations, certain steps need to be taken.
Firstly, moisture needs to be eliminated and food sources need to be removed. Faucets need to be fixed if they are leaking, gutters need to clean and vents need to be clear and open. Wood and paper are sources of food for termites and they need to be kept away from the soil and foundations or crawl space. Other sources of food are dead plant material, animal dung, and leaf litter. There are many ways to detect termites. Wood that sounds hollow when tapped or winged insects in the soil. Termites like ants take care of their young ones collectively.Although, they cause a lot of harm they are important for ecological balance. Females are capable of producing as many as 30,000 eggs in one day. There are over 3000 species of termites. Termites are believed to be closely related to cockroaches and mantids. Plants have developed defenses against termites and secrete various chemicals like oils, resins and lignin. Termites serve as predators. Termites are eaten in some continents in the world. Termites need moisture to survive. Infestations are typically at an all-time high during the spring time between March and May. The methods used to treat termites are the liquid and bait methods. They have body segments with antennae. The venation of the wings is used to tell the difference between various termites.Termites have broader waists than ants. Termites go through incomplete metamorphosis in three stages. The egg, nymph and the adult stages. Nymphs are smaller than adult termites and usually feed on one another and other colony members. Nymphs are very numerous at this stage in the colony. Imidacloprid and fipronil are common chemicals that are used to treat termites. They are environmentally friendly and are less toxic to humans and other animals but very harmful to termites. Female termites may live for as long as 20 years and sometimes colonies could live for as long as a century. Termites communicate using pheromones. Predators of termites are ants, nematodes, beetles, bears, birds, toads and centipedes.

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