Termite Control Chesapeake – Subterranean termites
The first step in termite control Chesapeake is to know your enemy.
Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the rtaxonomicank of order Isoptera (see taxonomy below), but are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While termites are commonly known, especially in Australia, as “white ants,” they are only distantly related to the ants.
Subterranean termites live underground or in protected areas such as wood. There is always at least one queen and many more reproductives may also be present. Most people never see a queen, but may have seen swarmers or workers. The total number of individuals in a colony of subterranean termites may be more than a million. Now there is a good reason for termite control Chesapeake.
Imagine a million insects attacking your house!
Workers are small white insects, which are blind and are very sensitive to heat, cold, and dry air. This sensitivity is why they build shelter tubes or “mud tubes.” In fact, they need to maintain an atmosphere of nearly 100% humidity.
Sometimes finding shelter tubes, a little smaller diameter than a pencil, is the first sign of a termite infestation. Workers are just that. .. the workers of the colony. They find new food sources (vegetation or wood containing cellulose).
Upon finding a food source, the termites put down a chemical signal or pheromone to lead the other workers to the feeding site. Termites do not “attack” your house or building. They forage, attracted by moist areas, and find food sources. Termites do a very good Job of breaking down cellulose in the soil. When they discover your house or other buildings, they become a real pest and that is where the professional pest control company comes in.
In the spring in most areas of the country, and depending on the species, healthy subterranean termite colonies will “swarm” or send out winged reproductives to start new colonies. The swarrners are darker in color, some species almost black, and have four wings. When speaking with home owners about termite control, one frequent question is how to tell termites from ants.
Ants generally do not swarm the same time as termites, but it can happen. The following is a description of how to tell termites from ants.
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