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- Termites Live in 49 of the 50 United States. Only Alaskans as safe from them.
- There are over twenty-one hundred species of termites.
- Subterranean termites, the most common kind, live in the soil, from just below the surface to as much as 12 feet down.
- Like ants, termites live in colonies. Up to two million termites inhabit a colony.
- Worker termites keep busy 24 hours a day digesting wood fibers and other forms of cellulose which they eat, digest and share with the other members of the colony.
- Once a food source is located, a trail pheromone is deposited to recruit other termites to the food source.
- A queen termite can live up to 25 years and lay thousands of eggs a day.
- Termites live in highly organized colonies that are interconnected by extensive tunnels.
- Termites cause approximately 3 billion dollars of damage to structures each year
If you own a home, it was probably inspected for termites when you purchased it. But just because there weren’t termites found then, doesn’t mean you can forget about them.
Due to their wood-eating habits, termites can do a great deal of damage to untreated buildings and other wooden structures. Often their presence is undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and begin to exhibit visible surface changes.
Once termites have entered a structure, they do not limit themselves to only wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and any other cellulose materials.
The best way to control subterranean termites is by applying Termidor pesticide around and under the structure. Termidor is a slow-acting insecticide and this "delayed-action" effect allows insects like termites and ants, which live in colonies, time to carry some of the insecticide back to the nest where it elimiminates the whole colony.