Termites(Isoptera)
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Termites are usually not seen as they tunnel underground, working 24/7 to find food…which is most often the wood your home is constructed of. Without termite protection, the damage they cause can be severe. In most cases, termite damage is not covered by home insurance policies. With up to 13 termite colonies per acre in the Southern U.S., termites are a real threat, more so than most natural disasters like fires, floods, and tornadoes.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Isoptera
  • Length: 2mm to 10mm
  • Color: Translucent/Light Brown
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Property Damage

LIFE CYCLE OF TERMITES

Termites, like ants, have a queen that lays thousands of eggs. In fact, the termite queens are known to lay up to 1,000 eggs per day. Some of these termites will become workers, others will become soldiers, and still others will try to become kings and queens of new colonies. Termite queens can live for decades, while the workers can live for as long as 2 years. Termites are some of the longest living insects on the planet.

TERMITES AS PESTS

Termites cause property damage. They eat away at wood in and around the home, and that wood damage can be devastating to your home. That property damage can be permanent, or cost thousands of dollars to fix, and homes that have been infested with termites tend to receive less value when sold. In North Carolina, termite damage is responsible for millions of dollars in lost home value every year. In the US, that number exceeds 5 billion.

HOW TO PREVENT TERMITE INVASIONS

Termites can be prevented by taking away access to some of their favorite treats. Termites prefer wet/moist and damaged wood, like firewood, and so if you have wet and damaged wood sitting by your home you are more likely to attract termites. Still, if there are any signs that termites might be in your area it can be hard to keep them away.