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Termites are widely regarded as a damaging pest to have in your home or business. Termites (sometimes known as ‘white ants’) can cause extensive damage to the structure of a building if they are not managed or controlled by qualified pest professionals.
Termites and other pests which infest timber can wreak havoc on your home, causing structural damage that is extremely costly to repair. The key to lowering the cost of termite-related repairs is to conduct frequent termite inspections in order to detect problems early.
Termites are insects which devour wood and most cellulose containing materials like cardboard, paper, etc. There are great variations in the colour, shape and size of termites depending upon the species but they are all characterised by certain similarities. Termites fall under the order Isoptera, and are closely related to cockroaches on the evolutionary scale. Despite their name white ant, they bear no relation to the ant family.
Termite colonies can contain up to several million termites. The insects in each colony are divided into castes which determine their activities. Termites in the worker caste are responsible for digging tunnels and ensuring food supply. Soldiers prevent intruders from harming the colony, while reproductive termites’ or alates’ main job is to perpetuate the species through an annual colonizing flight. Soldier and worker termites are unable to reproduce. Termites are active 24/7 – 365 days per year.
Termites are very small and similar in size to ants, which often leads to confusion. In fact, knowing the key differences between these two pests is a good starting point for identification. Owing to their secretive nature, termites can be hard to detect, especially with an untrained eye. You are far more likely to spot the signs of termite damage before you spot termites themselves.
As with any other pest, correct identification ensures the use of the most effective control methods and allows you to choose the most appropriate prevention steps to try and avoid problems in the future.
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