|Everything About Termites
|Typically ranging from 4 to 15 mm in length, depending on caste and species.
|Varies from white to light brown. Reproductive termites tend to be darker.
|Primarily cellulose from wood, but also target paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems.
|Usually establish colonies in the ground, but can also be above-ground if enough moisture is present.
|Worker and soldier termites live for about 1-2 years, while a queen termite can live for decades under optimal climate conditions.
Termites are eusocial insects known for their ability to consume cellulose, especially in wood, making them both ecologically significant decomposers and, unfortunately, pests in human structures. They belong to the order Blattodea, closely related to cockroaches. Let’s explore their anatomy:
Getting rid of termites requires a comprehensive approach. Using Termite Control & Treatment methods, such as liquid termiticides or bait systems, can be effective.
Regular inspections are vital to catch infestations early. For severe cases or to ensure complete eradication, consulting professionals experienced in Termite Treatment is the best course of action. They can provide not only effective extermination but also guidance on preventing future infestations.
Termites are not as common in Canada as they are in warmer climates. However, there are a few species that have been identified in Canada, particularly in the southern regions.
|Eastern Subterranean Termite
|Workers are typically around 3 mm long, while reproductive termites (alates) are approximately 10 mm in length.
|Workers are a creamy translucent color, while alates are darker, with black bodies and tan wings.
|Feed primarily on cellulose from wood and other plant materials.
|Mostly found underground in moist, secluded areas. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to access food sources and protect themselves from the open air.
|Can range from a few thousand to several million termites. A mature colony can consume up to several pounds of wood per year.
|Western Subterranean Termite
|Workers are typically around 3-4 mm long, while reproductive termites (alates) are approximately 10 mm in length.
|Workers are a creamy translucent color, alates are darker with brownish-black bodies and translucent wings.
|They primarily feed on wood, consuming cellulose and often causing significant damage to structures.
|Live underground, creating a network of tunnels to access food. They also construct mud tubes on surfaces to protect from predators and environmental conditions.
|Commonly found in the western parts of the U.S., from Washington to California and eastward to Idaho and Nevada.
Termites primarily feed on cellulose, a key component found in wood. However, they can also consume other materials such as paper, cardboard, and certain types of fabric. This diet is what makes homes particularly attractive to termites, as they can feed on wooden structures, furniture, and even books.
Signs of a termite infestation can include the presence of mud tubes on walls or foundations, hollow-sounding wood when tapped, frass (termite droppings), or the sudden appearance of winged termites, especially after a warm rain. It’s crucial to get a professional inspection if you suspect termite activity, as they can cause damage without obvious signs.
No, there are several different species of termites, and they vary in their habits and the type of damage they can cause. The most common types include subterranean, drywood, and dampwood termites. Each species has specific behaviors and requires different treatment methods