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What Are Termites?

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  • Size: Termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm
  • Often called: “silent destroyers” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage
  • Appearance: Termites can be identified by their straight, beaded antennae, uniform waists, and wings of equal size. (Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists, and longer forewings than the hind wings.)

Termite Behaviors and Feeding Habits

Termites are usually cryptic, meaning they don't come out into the open , meaning they’re difficult to detect. Even when visible within the home as flying insects, termites can often be mistaken for ants. Some homeowners will dismiss the termites as pesky ants (which often swarm at the same time of year) and ignore them without taking preventive or extermination measures. This allows established termite infestations to grow exponentially. While they are only a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly property damage.

Termites primarily feed on cellulose, a part of the wood, but can also damage paper, books, insulation, and swimming pool liners, and filtration systems. All termites feed on detritus (dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees). Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation. House foundations, furniture, shelves, and even books are all possible feeding termite feeding sites. Termites can harm living trees and shrubs but are often secondary invaders of woody plants already in decline.

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A termite infestation can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. The thought of the pests eating away at your home can send anyone into a panic. Termites need to be treated by a pest control professional as soon as the problem is noticed, or they can cause serious and expensive damage to your house. Noticing signs of termites early can be tricky, but there are small signs to look out for if you live in an area prone to termite damage. Once an infestation is confirmed, an exterminator can recommend the best form of treatment.
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