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What You Need To Know About Termites

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Termites are fascinating creatures and have their place in the wild, but they often choose human dwellings and other buildings constructed by humans in which to find their food. They are out looking for ideal food and water sources, and often those structures people build are perfect for their needs. With the assistance of experienced professionals who understand termites and their habits and needs, home and business owners can prevent invasion and infestation by these industrious and hungry insects.

Damage by Termites

The damage that termites can cause is extensive and expensive. The havoc of most concern is structural. When the foundations, the inner beams and floor boards are eaten out by the insects, the entire building is in danger of collapse. Termites prefer the rich sap of the wood and will eat the wood layers most saturated by the sap. They will leave the other pulp wood or heart of the wood. Therefore, the damage appears to leave layers and shreds of wood intact. Walls, flooring, and the frame structures of wood are all at risk when termites find their way inside the building.

Termite Infestation Signs

Because they prefer darkness, humans may not realize they are present until years have passed and the creatures have done much damage. However, homeowners can detect infestation by certain signs and avoid the high cost of later repairs. Wood shavings and droppings are sure signs as are exit holes and paint that is peeling or bubbling. If owners see any possible signs, they should call the experts for their advice and opinions. Of course, professionals are able to find the evidence of the insects, and they can provide a barrier against these pests before it is too late.

Ants versus Termites

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Ants and termites have very similar appearance features. Still, the insects are different, and their differences can be recognized as noted in the photos. The dissimilarities are in the waist, wings and antennae. The termite has a broad waist, and the ant’s waist is thinly confined. The termite has two wings of the same length on either side of its body. Two wings are also attached on either side of the ant’s body. However on the ant, the wings in the front are larger than the wings behind them. Then, the antennae of the termite are like a string of beads stretched outward while the ant antennae are permanently bent like an arm with an elbow.

Termite Life Cycle

The king mates for life with the main queen, and the queen can live up to 45 years old. She lays the eggs, up to 2,000 in number during one day depending on the variety of termites. In the spring and the fall, fully matured termites of the alate or winged type leave the nest and swarm. These alates are also the termites with some sight and reproductive capabilities. They find their way to a new nesting site.

Role of Moisture and Termites

In order to survive, termites need food and water. The ideal situation is when they find some steady moisture near exposed wooden foundation beams. Steady moisture can come from a constant dripping of condensation from an indoor air quality unit or air conditioner system. Owners should be certain that moisture is not dripping from gutters, air conditioners and other sources near the home or other building’s foundation.

Professional Assistance For Termite Infestations

Those who own private or commercial property should contact the professionals at Sentry for assistance in preventing the damage caused by termites. The experienced team of technicians from Sentry Termite & Pest Control can inspect the structure and foundation for any signs of invasion or infestation before applying the proper treatments. Sentry can also inspect the home or building for moisture issues and assist with indoor and outdoor moisture control. For all termite problems or infestations, the professionals at Sentry Termite are ready to help.