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Amazing Facts About Termites

Termites are amazing creatures. Sure, they also destroy wood and wooden structures, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing. 

If you find that your home or commercial building has a termite infestation, the first thing you should do is contact a professional exterminator to get rid of it and prevent it from happening again. 

In order to understand how to deal with termites, it pays to know some of the things that termites can do. So, here are some amazing facts about the little critters known as termites:

Termites Never Stop

You may think that you have a big appetite, but termites have you beat by many miles. Termites do not sleep. That means that they work 24 hours a day and every single day of the year. They are eating, attending to the queen or working on the termite nest. That’s why termites can eat such a massive amount of wood, do so much damage to wooden structures, and can have colonies that grow to such massive numbers.

The Queen Keeps Laying Eggs

The life of a termite queen is actually not a particularly pleasant one. Shortly after birth, a queen meets up with males and mates. An entire colony is then built around that queen – who never again sees the light of day. The queen is attended by hundreds of workers that feed her and care for her and her entire job becomes laying eggs. The queen’s body will distend until she can no longer walk. Queens can become as big as 5 inches in length – most of that is devoted to producing and laying eggs. At some point a queen can begin laying as much as 30,000 eggs a day.

Termites Eat A Lot

Termites can eat and eat and eat and never gain a pound. There are various species of termites around the world, including Formosan termites who have been observed eating up to 1,000 lbs of wood over the course of a year. They could devour up to a football field worth of wood, too. Plus, termite workers can seek out food up to 250 feet away from where their colony was initially based.

Termites for Fuel?

Termites digest wood using bacteria in their gut. They are actually looking for cellulose, a component of wood, not the wood itself. The bacteria in their digestive system breaks down the cellulose and that can release hydrogen from the substances they are eating. Hydrogen can be used for fuel and there are some people who have monitored the larger termite mounds and discovered they produce enough energy that they could be used for fuel purposes. In fact, some scientists are studying termites as a potential renewable energy source or bioreactors

There are A Lot of Termites

If you were to somehow gather up all of the termites in the world and weigh them, the weight of all of them would be more than the weight of all the humans in the entire world. Some have estimated that there might be 1,000 pounds of termites for every single person.

Termites Avoid Light

Some species of termites are born blind and spend their entire lives in the mud tubes they build up the sides of walls. They also dry out quickly in the light, so they prefer the moistness of the mud to the hot, dry sunlight. While not nocturnal, some termites become more active when the heat of the sun is gone and they don’t risk running into the light.

Termite Infestations Need Professionals

Because termites can damage your property, it’s very hard to get rid of them on your own. In fact, termites are often referred to as the “silent destroyers” because they can work silently on the wood in your home and you’ll have no idea until significant damage is done. 

Plus, if you find termites in one place, they could be in multiple places throughout the home and all over the property. 

All of that being said, a professional termite exterminator can determine how to find out where the colony is located, how they got there, where their trails lead and what parts of the house and property are damaged and at risk. Plus, only a fumigation of the property can really penetrate the wood and ensure that all of the termites are destroyed and the colony wiped out.

Termite Fumigation

A termite fumigation involves putting a tent over the house that is completely sealed off. Then chemicals are injected into the home that can penetrate deep into the wood, completely wiping out the termites inside. Because of the nature of this procedure, it takes special training, uses special procedures and equipment and requires special handling of chemicals that only professionals can use.

Termite Troubles?

A trained professional can help you find out how termites are getting into your home, where they’re hiding and remove them. Plus, a qualified and trained exterminator can offer advice on how to stop them from returning. 

Contact Western Exterminator today and schedule a termite inspection for your home or property. We’ll offer you the treatment options needed to get rid of any termites and how to prevent them from coming back.


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