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Termites date back more than 120 million years to the time of the dinosaurs.They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage – costs that aren’t covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.

Swarmers looking to start a new colony are typically the first sign of termite season as these winged-pests show up inside homes in early spring. To get rid of termites in the home, contact us to address the infestation and recommend a course of proper termite control.

TERMITE FACTS

There are approximately 45 species of termites in the U.S. There are more than 2,300 species worldwide.
Termites are social insects that live in colonies with caste systems, which means termites are organized into different social classes based on their roles and responsibilities.
The termite caste system has three levels: reproductives, workers and soldiers.
Worker and soldier termites are blind. Only termites that have become fully mature, reproductive termites develop eyes.
Since termites live in dark places and many of them are blind, termites communicate through pheromones (chemical signals) and vibrations caused by head-banging.
Termites build the largest nests of any insect.
Termites cannot “eat” wood. Termites require the help of single-cell organisms in their guts to digest cellulose (wood).
Ants are termites main predator. Ants can attack termite colonies or termite workers looking for food.
In the U.S., subterranean termites cause more damage than drywood and dampwood termites. Formosan termites, a species of subterranean termite, are responsible for the greatest amount of damage in the U.S.
In Australia and Africa, very large and architecturally impressive termite mounds have become tourist attractions.
Termites have lived on Earth for approximately 250 million years.

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Why is it Termites Eat Wood?

Termites are most famously known for their appetite of wood and the destruction that their hunger causes, but why wood? Well it turns out when Termites are chewing through wood, they’re actually going for the “cellulose” found in wood. Cellulose is a part of the cell wall found in plant cells. Termites will feast on anything they can find that contains cellulose, which can be drywall, books, or even types of fabrics.

Termites have very strong mouthparts that make it easy for them to chew through wood, something most other types of insects are not able to do. However, even though termites eat the wood, they’re not actually able to digest it on their own. They have the help of microorganisms that live in the termite’s digestive system, the microorganisms break up the wood and cellulose for the termites, allowing the termites to get the nutrients they’re looking for.

All termites do is eat throughout the day, so they can quickly cause a lot of damage if they end up in your home. It’s important to attend to a termite infestation as soon as it’s discovered, if not taken care of, termites can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home and property.

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