Termites are one of every homeowner’s most dreaded pests―and for a good reason. Their ability to destroy wood makes them a threat to the structural integrity of your home. As these pesky critters can be surprisingly difficult to control, read more to learn how to get rid of termites.

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1. Termites Have Been Around for Millions of Years

If you have ever had a termite problem before, you are well aware of how hard they can be to exterminate. Termites have been around for millions of years, giving them plenty of time to hone their defenses. Fossil records for termites date all the way back to the Cretaceous period. Their ancestry is tied to cockroaches and mantids and has been traced back to an insect that lived about 300 million years ago.

2. Termites Never Sleep

There is no rest for the wicked. Once a termite hatches from its egg, it will work on its colony 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year until it dies. Their work ethic is impressive, but the thought of their relentless commitment to chewing through your wood can be more than a little bit unsettling. The only way to slow termites down is to eradicate them from your home.

3. Ants Are the Main Predator of Termites

Ants compete with termites for food and territory. Observers have even witnessed termites and ants organizing their soldiers to go to war with each other. This natural phenomenon has no place in your home! Therefore, we strongly recommend you bring a pest control expert into your home rather than relying on an ant/termite war.

4. Termites are “Money Munchers”

While termites could eat cold hard cash, that is not their typical approach to breaking the bank. They inflict more than five billion dollars of property damage every year and do most of it under the radar. They are good at avoiding discovery as they chew their way through wood, flooring, and walls. It’s very important to note that most standard home insurance policies do NOT cover termite damage. Protect the structure of your home by contacting the termite professionals at Whitworth Pest Solutions.

5. File and Rank

Like ants, termites have an organized caste structure within their colonies. They have soldiers, reproductive forms, and workers―the workers are the ones that chew through wood. These workers regurgitate cellulose for their soldier and reproductive counterparts. Unlike Carpenter ants–that excavate wood but do not eat it–termites consume wood and are able to digest cellulose.

6. Termites are Communication Experts

Termites secrete pheromones to communicate all types of information with the rest of their colony. They can share information about things like threats and food sources.

7. Growing the Pack

As termites are able to communicate with their friends where the food is, their colonies grow quickly under the right conditions. The largest recorded colony contained over three million termites. Thankfully, it did not occur in someone’s home.

8. Termites Reproduce Rapidly

A termite queen can lay up to 25 eggs in a minute, which works out to about 36,000 in a day. That makes it easy to see why they can take over space in a hurry. If you see termites in your home or the remnants of damaged wood, call Whitworth Pest Solutions immediately. We will halt termite activity and protect your home from further damage.

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9. Queens Prosper

Termite queens are thought to have the longest life expectancy in the insect world. Some can live up to 50 years, so don’t try to wait them out.

10. Heavier Than Humans

One termite by itself is not imposing. However, if you weighed every termite in the world at one time, they would weigh over 445 million tons, whereas the total weight of all humans would only be closer to 350 million tons!

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Termites pose a serious threat to your home or business, but you can neutralize them by calling the experts at Whitworth Pest Solutions. We will inspect your property to find and eliminate the problem. We will help contain their damage and treat the area to make sure they do not come back. Contact us today to request a quote and reclaim your property!

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