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An Overview of Termites



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By : Roger Dawson    4 or more times read
Submitted 2014-03-06 22:26:42
In the United States, there are three types of termites that could infest residential and commercial dwellings Ů subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites. There are three ways to identify termites: how they swarm, the droppings they leave and the damage they create. Typically, you only have to worry about subterranean and drywood termites.

Over 90% of damage in the United States is caused by subterranean termites. All termites eat cellulose which can be found in wood products such as lumber, home siding, cardboard, and paper. Drywood termites typically can be found in the warmer band of states that stretch from Florida to California. A subspecies of termites that affects wet wood is common in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States such as Northern California, Oregon and Washington State.

Thanks to central air and heat, termites can be found all over the United States and your home can be affected, even if you are not located in one of the Ďhotí zones. Theoretically, ten to fourteen colonies could exist per acre of land so your home right now could have several housed under the ground beneath your home.

Just like the cockroach, termites are very hardy. They have been able to survive for thousands of years and are able to adapt quite readily to changing environments. Termites typically live near or above water tables and below the frost line, so it stands to reason that your home will be located near a colony.

Termites donít have anything against you and your home. They cannot distinguish between the wood in your home and wood in a forest. Both wood sources have the cellulose termites need to feed and thrive. They have microbes called protozoan in their bellies which are able to break down the cellulose into something easier to digest.

If you have a basement foundation or even one with a concrete slab, you are susceptible to termites. They can wiggle into the tiniest spaces, up to 1/64 of an inch! No concrete slab is impermeable. There are always minute cracks, especially around fixtures extending from them like those for plumbing and electrical conduits. Since termites can work 24/7, they will eventually find a wooden food source. The chemical trail they leave is easy for other termites to follow so eventually an infestation occurs.

Moisture is necessary for termites to survive and they can easily die if they are exposed to air or sunlight. The tunnels they create protect them from the elements. Once they find a way into your home, they could find a feast inside your walls, baseboards, wood flooring, wallboard and more. The best defense against these invasive critters is regular maintenance and pest control to prevent an infestation from occurring.

Get the facts visit our website today and learn more. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With termite damage causing thousands and thousands of dollars make sure you take the time and educate yourself. Termites Spell disaster. Know the facts

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You can also find more info on termites help and Facts About Termites at http://www.termitespestcontrol.org. http://Termitespestcontrol.org is a comprehensive resource to know more about termites.
Author Resource:- You can also find more info on termites help and Facts About Termites at http://www.termitespestcontrol.org. http://Termitespestcontrol.org is a comprehensive resource to know more about termites.
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