Now that we have already talked about the important considerations when dealing with termite activities inside the house, particularly on gathering information about the problem at hand, then it is about time that we go down to the specifics. The specifics of what kind information should you get and how should you arrange them in hierarchy according to their chronological order of importance. Bits and pieces of information may be relevant only to specific period of time, and after that, you would have to move on already into the other parts of the information that are pertinently useful to the following periods of time within the process of dealing with pest termite infestation.
Then again, the information's basis of stratification would depend on how an individual perceives the idea of termite extermination and how his or her convenience works in taking-on the task. You will find that people often differ from each in their sense of convenience and comfort; what might be comfortable to you may not always be comfortable to others; same as what you know about termite extermination may be relatively different from someone else. Due to the relativity of information and perception, it would then be wise that we go to the most common approaches of them all and lay them all down in this article for an interactive reference with you. This way, when they are just laid down in front of the reader, they are only given a heads-up on what are the things to do and it encourages them to freely explore the methods and create their own stratification out of it, depending on what and how they find things important over the other.
Moving on, we know now that gathering information is the initial consideration when dealing with pest termite infestation problems. Now let's talk about what is the real information that you need.
First things first, you have to know what are the type(s) of termites you have inside your house.
Knowing the type of termites infesting your household will enable you to properly address the problems. There are specific types of termites that require specific types of chemical treatments, and you should aware of it. From knowing the pests, you will be able to effectively formulate a battle plan and strategize on how to gradually and then fully eradicate them. Be aware that dealing with termites is not an easy task as you may never know where specifically they inhabit the house as they could just be practically everywhere where there wood stripes and surfaces. You might just have to take down the entire household property to unearth the pests. Knowing the types will help you not to resort to that.
Types of Termites
Heads-Up: There are actually many types of termites out there in the world and we are just going to narrow them to the most prominent and also commonly found to infest inside a house. Termites are colonizing insects that feed mainly on wood matter. There are those types of termites that can turn you house into dust as quickly as fire could and there are those that take their time, even years to finally convert your property into utter ruins.
Like they all say, the more you know the better. It would significantly help your battle plan to address the termite infestation problem if you know the specifics of the creatures that are causing the problem inside your house. Knowing which one tunnels on the ground before munching on your wooden surfaces and which on directly attacks the furniture and wooden wall surfaces, could spell a whole lot of difference in expediently addressing a serious problem. Apart from how they get in, knowing how they look like is also important.
In the United States, there are five(5) main types of termites, and depending where you live or what type of climate you have in the area, you should be able to familiarize yourself with one or more of them.
5 Main Types of Termites
Eastern Subterranean Termites:
This type of termite is by far the most prevalent type of termites in the US; also called as "soil eating" or "soil feeding termites", these termites feed on almost anything organic but mainly on cotton, paper, tree and bush roots and then of course, the favorite, wood. The cellulose parts of the wood are the most enticing parts for subterranean termites. Another awe-striking and intimidating fact about eastern subterranean termites is that they could have colonies as strong as 5 million termites, and it is just virtually possible for them to inhabit underneath or near your house. Imagine if a colony strong lives nearby or somewhere the property, how long do you think your house will last against them? Although an average colony would only foster 30 to 40 thousand range, they are still formidable house destroyers at that level. These type of termites can be found in almost any part of an edifice. They also have swarm intelligence which means they move in on accord and the colony as one entity. Think about it, 5 million of them marching their way to the dilapidation of your property? It doesn't even matter if you have an entire commercial building for an abode.
Formosan Subterranean Termites
These type of termite are likely found on the warmer southern climates of United States and as well as in Hawaii. Now, these are the one of those you should greatly fear of the termite families as they are voracious eaters of wood. They can consume huge amounts of wood very quickly that a wooden hut or the wood proportions of a fully established house wouldn't even last a week in their strongest attacks. Because of their vicious abilities to speedily consume wood, they are often branded as the "super termites". As a matter of fact, a healthy colony of adult Formosan termites could consume a pound of wood in just one day or even less! Their inflation rate could reach to as much as 1300 eggs per day, and a week of them around would be already too much to handle. And note this! They also are capable of munching metal! The best way to deal with these types of termites is only through prevention. There's no saying whether you can win a battle against them once they have started out an infestation inside your house even with the help of exterminators already.
Western Subterranean Termites
Dominantly prevalent in the western parts of the continent, these types of termites can sneak inside your house through small seams and cracks. They typically build their colonies underneath the house below the frost line and above the water table. The best way to detect their presence inside your house is to spot the tell-tale tunnels they made and recognize their swarming activities.
As their name implies, this type of termites can be found on anywhere there is dry wood. From wooden bookshelves, wardrobes, and even hardwood wall surfaces of the house. Although they are slower wood eaters compared to those that were mentioned above, their sporadic presence and multitude inside the house is not something you will condone.
Apart from wood, they also feed on soil along with it. Maybe it's their appetizer of some sort before the main course. They are often found in places or locations with dry climates. A distinguishable exterior characteristic of this type of termites is their more slender mandibles compared to all the other termites.
This amazing post was researched and written by,
Michael Rozatoru :)