Termites are a common pest problem in the United States that cause extensive damage to your home if left unchecked. But common sense and learning simple facts about them makes a big difference in saving your home from hefty repairs down the road. Today, we’ll share with you four facts about termites that you might haven’t thought of before but are essential to know for homeowners.
Fact #1: Termites and Ants Can Look Alike
Ants and termites have a head, thorax, and abdomen body sections. Both species are social insects that live in colonies, and they both can develop wings. But if you see a winged insect around your home, it’s not necessarily a termite. A termite’s body is light-colored, soft, and has a wider thorax. An ant’s body, however, is darker, harder, and has a thinner thorax. You can always have a professional pest control company help you identify the insect if you’re not sure.
Fact #2: Termites are ‘Beneficial’ Pests…But Not in Your Home
While the abundance of cockroaches and mosquitos seem to have little service to the ecosystem besides being annoying, termites are actually beneficial. They have the remarkable ability to convert wood back into the fertile soil that grows crops and countless other plants. Unfortunately, they see little difference between wood in the wild and the wood in your home. That’s why they’re considered as one of the major pest problems homeowners should look out for.
Fact #3: Termites Don’t Bite Humans
If you’ve ever heard of rumors that termites bite humans, that’s nothing but a bunch of bologna. Termites have no interest in biting humans whatsoever, as wood is the primary food and host that their colonies need to survive. Termites are equipped to eat wood and attack other insects, but not people.
Fact #4: Termite Damage Starts Small
Rooms falling apart, wooden beams disappearing, and other pictures of massive structural damage are easy to associate with termites thanks to depictions from cartoons and the media. Fortunately, there are a number of early warning signs you can detect before the problem ever gets to that level. If you spot piles of wings or mud tubes inside or near your home, that means a termite swarm has landed and the infestation has begun. If you see chipped paint, holes, and hollowed out mazes in wood, you’ll need to get a professional as soon as possible.
While termites are remarkable social insects in the wild, they can cause extensive damage to your home and should be addressed. But with proactive measures and regular inspections, homeowners can save their home from becoming a termite colony’s next meal. Since termite damage is more extensive to your home than flood or fire damage combined, it’s sensible to implement inspections. To find out more about termite inspections and prevention, contact Clark’s Termite and Pest Control today. We can help protect your home from both the visible and unseen dangers lurking in your home.