The Lowly Termite….Savior of the civilized world or Scourge of man?
Well, what do you think? Termites are tiny little creatures who survive by being extremely efficient in the consumption of cellulose or wood. How can tiny little bugs be a problem for you? The termite requires a water source, a dark secure environment, an inhabitable temperature, food (the wood in your home and a prolific Queen.
Seems simple enough, right? Well kind of…then why do we fear the presence of the lowly termite? Simple: the termite is an equal opportunity devour of wood regardless of the location of the wood. Termites must eat to survive. And eat they do……around the clock day after day year after year the lowly little six-legged termite will eat to feed the colony and it’s Queen. Termites never rest, they do not hibernate! The Queen is seldom seen, even by highly skilled terminators aka : professional pest control agents.
The exterminator comes to your home, does a thorough investigation and makes an announcement: “Yes, you have termite activity…here, there and over there” Termite infestations seldom involve the entire home, same as a heart attack. Just think of the presence of an active termite problem as a cardiac event for your home! Termite activity means that the termite and his friends have successfully invaded your home, so what? You say. So what does this mean?
A colony will number in the hundreds of thousands. All hundreds of thousands of the termites need food to survive. Your home is and will be the source of that food. On top of that the termite is small and ugly, except for the queen: she is really ugly and extremely busy. A termite queen can live for nearly 45 years while depositing 2000 eggs daily. Truly a staggering number, day after day 2000 potential new termites. The overcrowding is incredible when you think about it! This is why it is always good to be proactive about your termite control!
Termite Control Season
Every spring we see termite swarms that are hundreds, perhaps thousands of winged termites flying as a group looking for a new place to a start a new colony. When termites find a suitable damp timber or earth they land. Termites are weak flyers, blind and after landing will shed their wings and begin establishing a new colony… Some folks find the spectacle to be beautiful even awesome. However, termites seldom go more than 100 feet from their original colony. There are as many as 4 colonies in a typical ¼ acre!
If you see large numbers of flying bugs, sometimes it is nothing more than flying ants; it surely won’t hurt to find out for sure what you have seen. Call a professional, like No Escape Pest Control to get an appointment for an inspection.