What are Termites?

Termites are insects that feed on timber and other cellulose-based products; these are primarily domestic pests, recycling dead and rotten timber and other plant matter and as a source of food to many animals.

How Dangerous are termites?

Termite infestation and damage may be destructive to your home or property. Termites are often called “silently destructive” secretly hiding and thriving in your house or yard without an indication of immediate damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials — unfortunately, homes, whatever their type of construction, can give cellulose food for termite infestation.

Control Pest Management will eliminate those destructive Termites and protect your home and assets.

Termite Warning Signs

Some termite infestations may have an indication:

  • Temporary winged insects next to you in your home or your home.
  • Termite droppings.
  • When timber is banged there is a hollow sound.
  • Check outdoor walls, wooden beams or crawl spaces.

How do you get a Termite Infestation?

Termites invade homes, travelling from their colonies through footings and gaps. Tubes and threads covering corners or gaps may host pests within. Homeowners may also get termites in the following:

  • Wooden structures, porches, and decks, in direct contact with the ground
  • Stackable counter windows
  • Wet soil near the ground, faucets, pipes or fittings.
  • Trees and shrubs planted around the building.

What do they eat?

Termites are detritus or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees. Termites seek nutrients to obtain cellulose, an organic fiber found in wood and vegetable matter.

Wood is  the main food for termites but they may also eat some of the other materials, such as paper, plastic and dry matter. Most species prefer dead wood, but some termites are fed on live trees.Each type of termite has its dietary preferences.

  • Underground termites prefer dry land, but most of the wood species can be invaded by termites in general.
  • Dry wood termites are generally close to the ground.
  • Damp wood termites have often been found in the many places and require a low humidity in the wood.

The termite’s mouth can chew dry matter. While the termites are only approximately 1 cm in length, their nutritional appetites can cause adverse damage to houses, furniture, bookshelves, and books as they are all of nutritional value to termites.

Where do they live?

Usually, the termites live among wood, especially when a tree has rotted and falls to the ground. Habitats vary between species because some termites require high humidity. Termites are found in tropical regions because the living conditions of the termites is more suited to them. Terrestrial termites are abundant and can be found throughout the Australia.

Termite nests are usually formed on the ground. They build tunnels to store high-level food sources.

Reproduction

In the summer months, termites breed. Afterward, the couples lose their wings and become king and queen and create new colonies. Future termites consist of three roles: workers, soldiers or reproduction. Some of the queens of the termites produce millions of eggs every year.

What can I do to protect my home?

Since Termites are a constant threat to your home, it is critical that the professionals at Control Pest Management commence eradication immediately and implement a  preventative maintenance program.

This will make a great difference in the removal and prevention of the threat termites pose.  Mitigate the termite friendly moisture conditions and remove termite food sources around your home. These simple steps make your home a more likely to be termite free.

Eliminate moisture problems

  • Fix faucets, water pipes, and A / C units.
  • Divert water from all foundations.
  • Keep gutters and downpipes clean
  • Remove excess plant cover and wood mulch.
  • Seal all the water and utility lines and pipes.

Remove Termite Food Sources

  • Remove and wood or paper from foundations or crawl spaces
  • Remove debris near your home
  • Put termite preventative treatments on the outside of the house
  • Keep wood near the house from making direct contact with the ground
  • Contact Control Pest Management and let their team provide you with peace of mind.

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