reatment Facts & Identification Information
Termites are often called “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant material. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.
Termite Scientific Name
There are three major types of termites found in the Pakistan States: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. They are all belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the Isoptera. There are over 2,000 different species, which are all distinct scientific names.
Three of the more common home-invading termite species are Eastern subterranean termites, Pacific dampwood termites, and Southeastern drywood termites. Their scientific names are Reticulitermes flavipes, Zootermopsis angusticollis, and incisitermes snyderi, respectively.
Termites range from 1/4 to 1/2 or inch in length. The queens and kings are large, capable of reaching an inch long. The workers are generally soft-bodied and pale-colored. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of major wings. Learn more about what a termite look like.
Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees. Termites get nutrients from cellulose, an organic fiber found in wood and plant matter. Wood makes up most of the pests’ diet, although the termites also eat other materials such as paper, plastic, and drywall. Most species prefer dead wood, but some termites feed on living trees.
Each type of termite has its own diet preferences. Subterranean termites prefer softwoods, but may attack most species of wood. Dampwood termites are usually close to the ground, but will select moist, decaying wood anywhere else it is found. Drywood termites are often found in attics and require little moisture in the wood they eat.
A termite’s mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes human habitations in concern: while the termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to the property. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites. Read more about what we are eating.
Commonly, termites live in wooden structures, decayed trees, fallen timber and soil. Habitats vary between species as some termites require different amounts of moisture. The pests are found in larger numbers in tropical regions where living conditions for the terminations are optimal.
Subterranean termites are the most abundant varieties and can be found throughout the United States. Both dampwood and drywood species are usually more localized in the southern states.
Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in the soil. Within these mounds, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access upper-ground food sources. Drywood termites are available within the woods of the wood and they are consumed athletimes infest walls and furniture.
When a colony is matched, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are very attractive to the source of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations in case of drywood termites.
In the summer months, reproductive flying termites leave their mature colonies together and paired off. After this, the couples lose their wings, become queens and kings, and new colonies. Unature termites develop to fill one of three roles: workers, soldiers, or reproductives. Some species of termite queens carry millions of eggs each year. Read more about the termite life cycle.
Workers are responsible for gathering and feeding of colony members, maintaining the nest, and caring for young. Soldiers protect the termite colony using their large mandibles to predators. Reproductives are only sexually mature members of the colony, apart from queens and kings. Read more about termite colonies.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Home?
Termites in a Subterranean Colony
Since the termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of the Orkin Man’s termite treatment plan. Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, help deter termites. Zb pest Management Services call 03004659991