If you’re like most people, you don’t want to think about termites and termite control. Ignoring potential problems however, is seldom a good idea. The current recession has been financially tough for a lot of people. However, consider these facts for a moment.
Subterranean termites look at your place as some sort of smorgasboard. That’s a scary thought. There could be swarms of thousands, if not millions of them, slowly and quietly eating away at the timbers of your home. Termites can eat more than just wood and cellulose. And what they don’t eat, they use to make nests with. So, not only is your home an all you can eat buffet, it is also a building supply company. And as Arizona is well within the lifezone range of termites, you want to be proactive about controlling them.
If you spot a termite, should you worry? If you do spot a termite, don’t panic, but get an exterminator in as soon as possible. Why? It’s simple, really. Termites never travel in ones or twos.
Termites are gregarious. Finding one termite indicates that it’s time to call in a termite control service. Termites are not solitary creatures. Where there is one, there are usually more of them. A good rule of thumb is 1,000 to 1. For every one that you see, there are probably 1,000 termites that you can’t see, as this article from Wikipedia shows:
Like ants, and some bees and wasps-which are all placed in the separate order Hymenoptera-termites divide labor among castes, produce overlapping generations and take care of young collectively. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10% of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites are major detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance.As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use decentralised, self-organised systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence which exploit food sources and environments unavailable to any single insect acting alone. A typical colony contains nymphs (semimature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens. At maturity, a primary queen has a great capacity to lay eggs. In species, the queen adds an extra set of ovaries with each resulting in a greatly distended abdomen and increased fecundity often reported to reach a production of more than 2,000 eggs a day. The distended abdomen increases the queen’s body length to several times more than before mating and reduces her ability to move freely, though attendant workers provide assistance. To remd more of this article, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termites
As you see, termites are no laughing matter. They cost billions in property damage per year, and can destroy everything you have. If you feel you may have termites, then don’t wait. Call in a termite control company as soon as you can.