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Upon first learning that termites actually feed on wood, the insect group’s diet may seem a bit peculiar. A lot of animals chew on and swallow leaves and roots that most humans do not eat regularly, and moth larvae consume natural materials found in clothing such as felt, silk, and wool. But wood? Doesn’t it just seem a bit rough on the digestive system, not to mention the throat? To learn about the biological and behavioral factors that make wood a natural food source for termites, continue reading this article.
Subterranean and drywood termites, the two types most common in California, subsist on cellulose. As an abundant and detectable source of cellulose, construction-grade wood is a natural target. Wood is difficult for most animals, including humans, to digest. Termites have special microbes in their guts that can digest wood easily, converting the nutrients contained within that wood into energy that the termites can then use to eat, collect food for the colony, and build a nest.
While biology suggests that the primary motivator for chewing through wood is as a food source, hollowed out wood can also serve as a great setting for a termite colony’s home. Subterranean termites like dark, damp environments and can be found busy at work building nests in moist basements and crawlspaces. Drywood termites are more likely to inhabit dead trees or firewood on your property.
Now you understand why termites cause so much damage to wood-containing structures. Just because termites eat wood to survive, however, does not make it acceptable for a termite to feed on your home. Our green termite treatment experts can exterminate the termite population living on your California property. Call Pacific Coast Termite today at (714) 881-1413.
Ants and termites can be roughly the same size, are generally dark colored, and all have six legs. Each of these insect groups also comes in winged and wingless varieties. If you see an insect that fits this description and you want to determine whether it is an ant or a termite, there are a handful of checks you can perform.
Termites have straight antennae and straight, symmetric wings. Ant antennae are generally crooked, and their front wings are much longer than their back wings. Termites also have broad waists for their size, whereas ants have thin waists.
If you can’t tell whether you have ants or termites on your property, you should hire a termite control professional to take a look and give you answers. If you have termites, the most effective way to eliminate them is with the help of a termite exterminator. To speak with an experienced and environmentally responsible termite control professional in California, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413.
A termite infestation is a homeowner’s nightmare. While there is no way to fully termite proof a property, there are precautions that can be taken to make a home less appealing to termites.
In this video clip, you will learn how to identify mud tubes and termite droppings. You will also become versed on the precautions you can take to keep termites from choosing to colonize your property, which include airing out crawl spaces and storing firewood off the ground and at least six feet away from your home.
If you do detect termites on your property, you should not try to exterminate them yourself. Instead, hire an experienced termite control professional to wipe out the termites on your property using green termite treatments. To arrange to have a trained professional inspect your California home, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413.
Termites cause billions of dollars’ worth of property damage to home and business owners every year, in large part because they can live and feed on a building’s foundation for several months or even years without being noticed. If you are a proud homeowner who would like to know how to detect the presence of termites on your property as soon as the first signs of infestation have come to light, then you’ve come to the right place.
Every spring, a termite phenomenon takes place largely unnoticed. Mature subterranean termite colonies produce thousands of small winged termites that frenetically set off after birth in search of a place to colonize. If you glimpse what appears to be a group of flying ants, you may be witnessing “swarmers” in action. Since many swarmers do not make it far from the colony, discarded wings and small winged insects scattered on the ground are also signs that you should have your home inspected by a termite control professional.
Cracks in Wood
Swarmers can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and establish colonies inside of cherished wood foundations. If you spot a crack or some uneven paint on a wall in your home, look in and around the area for signs of termites. If you don’t detect termite activity, seal the crack as soon as possible to cut off easy access to termite swarmers.
Mud Tubes Termites build mud tubes so that they can stay comfortable while searching for food. Mud tubes are a tell-tale sign that you have termites, and you should contact a termite exterminator as soon as possible if you spot them on your property.
Simply having an awareness of the common signs of a termite infestation increases the likelihood that you will detect their presence shortly after they take up residence on your property. If you notice that the wood in your home has become food for California’s thriving termite population, it is in your best interest to call a termite control professional right away. To arrange to have your Southern or Northern California home inspected and treated by a leading green termite treatment pro, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413.