Welcome to the first installment of the Termite Assassin's Bug Blog. In order to better understand our foe we must examine the way they function. Today we're going to learn about TERMITES!!
What has as many as 3 million legs, can lay up to 2 thousand eggs per day and has a taste for our homes? You guessed it Western Subterranean Termites.
"Subs", the plight of Southern Arizona, exist in colonies. The colonies can have up to 500,000 termites. Per one square acre there will be as many as 10 colonies, but no less than 2.
Meaning if you have an infestation there are a million termites, at least, looking to make a tasty meal of your largest investment.
Okay, slow down! That's kind of scary!
So exactly what part of your home is so inviting to termites? It's the cellulose in the wood and paper on the drywall. Cellulose is made up of sugar molecules. The molecules are linked in a long chain and these chains give wood its awesome strength.
How do you know if there is an infestation? Well, fortunately subs are NOT great masters of disguise. In fact, they build they're telltale mud shelter tubes because they must always keep in contact with moist soil . Constructed of dirt, saliva and fecal matter, shelter tubes allow termites to travel back and forth into your home.
So what can you do about the problem? It is imperative to apply a protective barrier between the soil and the structure. This can be accomplished a number of ways depending on the circumstances of the home.
Secondly, be prepared that there are likely to be areas of break through. This is why a minimum one year warranty is standard with any termite treatment.
And now for some interesting termite facts...
A termite's closest insect relative is the cockroach.
Termites are blind. They rely on their other senses to follow pheromones and find food sources.
The colony is the organism, this is the target, as if it were one insect.
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above information please write to me at Richard@tucsontermiteassassin.com or call 520.205.2210
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