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Termite Identification: Key to Effective Pest Control

Spring and summer are notorious for invasions of insect pests, but the insidious habits of termites can lead to major damage before you're aware of their presence. An annual termite inspection and professional pest control plan can help you prevent major damage to your home. Unlike many insects, a termite colony can live for many years, with the king and queen termites often surviving for decades. Their longevity increases a termite colony's ability to large amounts of destruction over time.

Your Termite Neighbors: How and Where they Live

Termites congregate in colonies established by a king and queen once they find a suitable nesting site. They seal themselves in a chamber and produce thousands of fertile eggs, which hatch into nymphs. The nymphs mature into soldiers and workers who voraciously feed on wood and also provide food for the king and queen.

Of the four major termite types, only mound building termites are not found in the US. Damp wood, dry wood and subterranean termites are prevalent in areas according to the availability of their preferred food. Damp wood termites tend to be found in moist forest locales, and may also be present in wood structures where water accumulates. Dry wood termites can live in hot and dry environments, including deserts. This promotes their survival in a variety of habitats, including your home, furniture and book collection. Subterranean termites nest underground, and later migrate to wood sources above ground.

If you suspect a termite infestation, a professional termite inspection can identify the location and severity of your termite problem. A professional pest control service can eliminate an active termite colony and apply repellants that help prevent future infestation. Home and garden shows often feature the latest pest control methods and providers.

Sources

University of CA Integrated Pest Management Program

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