Termites are a species of insect that have been around for hundreds of millions of years;since the era of dinosaurs. Although a termite can be tiny, it can still put up a decent fight when faced with even the most determined and experienced pest controller.
There are many termite species and specific termite types, including: worker termites, soldier termites, winged termites, queen termites (termite egg-layers), and perhaps the most feared termite of them all, the Giant Northern Termite, which can be as big as a cockroach.
For householders, the Drywood Termite and Dampwood Termite are the types that do the most damage, both inside and outside the home. Contrary to popular belief, termites are not ants, although in many books and publications about taxonomy and ecology they are frequently (and wrongly) categorised as white ants.
The different types of termite found clustered in their millions in termite colonies not only have differing termite characteristics, but also varying tastes when it comes to specific termite diets. A Drywood Termite will happily gorge on wallpaper, wood, plastics, and plant-made materials, while a Dampwood Termite will eat moist wood.
The first step in the process of termite control and termite extermination begins, obviously, with being aware of where to find termites (termite nests and/or termite mounds) in the first place. Armed with this knowledge, a professional pest controller can then isolate their location exactly and set about getting rid of them.
It is important to stress that utilising the services of a termite control specialist is usually the best course of action, as few householders would have the skills, experience or equipment to embark upon effective termite detection, termite control and/or termite prevention.
Seeking termite advice from a termite expert can be a good idea, as you can avoid having to get rid of termites in the first place through taking some simple preventative measures, such as making sure water drains away from your house, and keeping damp wood away from your home (Dampwood Termite prevention).
Avoiding the horror of a Drywood Termite infestation could also be feasible if you take steps such as sealing all the holes, cracks and crevices around the outside of your home, and ensuring firewood and scrap wood storage is located away from your house itself.
Through taking these preventative measures against termite invasion, you could save yourself a fortune in potential repair costs that could arise as a result of termite-damage to your house and outbuildings.