Have you ever wondered about Termite Eating Habits?

Terminix Termite Eating HabitsTermites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare because they can literally eat you out of house and home. They can silently destroy homes by eating through floors, beams and other structures, Unfortunately, termites infestations often go unnoticed until costly repairs are needed. It is important to know the warning signs and one of them is a Termite eating habits.

What do Termites Look Like?

Though there are many species of termites, these insects do tend to have a few characteristics in common. Here’s what to look for when identifying termites:

  • White or brown bodies. Termites are often confused with ants, but they tend to be lighter in color than ants.
  • Broad waist. Unlike ants, who have thin waists like wasps, termites are broad-waisted.
  • Straight antennae. Ants have bent antennae, while termites’ antennae are straight.
  • Legs. Termites, like ants, have six legs. However, the broader width of a termite’s waist, coloring, and antennae shape can help make it easier to distinguish between the two insects.

Signs Of Termites In Your Home

Though it can be tricky to spot a termite infestation in your home, there are a few things you can look out for. Here are the most common signs of termites:

  • Hollow-sounding walls – Termites eat your walls from the inside out, which is why they’re so difficult to spot. They will hollow out walls without emerging, and these walls will sound empty when you tap on them.
  • Buckling or blistered floorboards – Subterranean termites can damage your home’s subfloor, which may be commonly mistaken for water damage.
  • Droppings – Drywood termites will leave behind piles of droppings, which resemble sawdust or coffee grounds.
  • Mud tubes – Subterranean termites will build mud tubes to protect them from the sun and air as they find a food source. You may see these tubes, about the width of a pencil, around the foundation of your home.
  • Dead termites or discarded wings – Seeing dead termites or discarded wings are evidence of a termite swarm and an indication that you may have new termite activity in your home.

Termites Live In Groups

The termite facts of life include living in a colony in a structured society. Colonies can range from a few thousand individuals to several million, depending on their species. There is a complex set of roles and hierarchy to a termite colony, including a queen who lays eggs, workers who do all the hard labor, and nymphs or immature termites who have lighter duties but still work in the colony.

How Do Termites Eat Wood?

Termites have special enzymes, protozoa and bacteria in their guts that allow them to digest cellulose. Cellulose is the organic fibrous material in wood and plants. The largest subterranean termite colonies eat about a pound of wood per day. Even when the amount of wood eaten in a day by a termite is multiplied by 1,000,000 termites, it may not seem like very much. The problem is that termites remain hidden when they attack a home. So days, weeks and years of chomping on wood add up. By the time they are finally discovered, severe termite damage may be present.

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