Carter Pest Control, Pest Library: Termites
In order to provide proper pest control, it is wise to clearly identify termites. Similar to ants, termites are insects who have a head, thorax and abdomen. Termites live in colonies that include a queen, king, soldiers and workers. The king and queen are the main reproductive insects in the colony. The queen termite’s body is mammoth in size compared to its king counterpart. She can lay about 2,000 eggs in one day and can have a lifespan of over 25 years. The soldier termite has a large head that includes powerful mandibles. Their primary responsibility is to defend the colony from other predators. The worker termites make up the majority of the colony. They are pale in color and small, only reaching lengths of up to ⅜ of an inch. Termite workers are blind, wingless and do not reproduce. Also in a colony are the Alates (also called “Swarmers”), who are reproductive in nature and the future king and queen of a new colony. They have a set of wings, a broad waist, straight antennae and are often times mistaken for flying ants. Most termite species look very similar and all breed in large numbers, creating huge colonies. The most commonly known termites in the Southern Central United States area are the Eastern Subterranean Termite, Formosan Termite and the Dry wood Termite.
Since most termite species live in very large colonies and can cause severe structural damage to property, this can pose a problem when this pest appears too close to your home. As a homeowner, take action and contact CARTER PEST CONTROL for all your pest control needs.
Termites can be found in a number of places around your Southern Central United States home. Several colonies and their nests are usually found in basements, attics, decks and porches. Termites are cryptic insects who do not appear in the open. Termite damage can be well hidden and homeowners can be unaware there is a problem. Termite nests usually consist of hollow passages in wood structures, creating a honeycombed appearance. Termite damage can usually be seen in wood framing, hardwood flooring and furniture. Most termites need moisture to survive and tend to nest in damp wood or wood that is particularly close to the ground, such as structural wood. Some termites, however, can survive with little moisture and prey on wood that is very dry.
Servicing the Southern Central United States area, CARTER PEST CONTROL will alleviate your pest problems by locating termites and their nests in and around your home.
Due to the termite’s soft exoskeleton, the species does not inhabit cold environments. This makes the Southern Central United States area a common breeding and nesting ground for termites. You will most likely witness swarms of flying termites, called Alates, during the warmer months, especially after a warm rain shower. These Alates are reproductive termites, rapidly establishing a new colony, but are often brushed off as flying ants. Termite queens have one of the longest insect lifespans, living up to 25 years. In general, termites are one of the most successful insects and are found on all continents except Antarctica.
This termite season, be prepared and contact Carter Pest Control. Servicing the Southern Central United States area, CARTER PEST CONTROL is dedicated to providing premiere pest control services in and around your home.