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Pest Details: Termites
Termites are often
called the “quiet destroyer” because they may be quietly hiding and
thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage.
While every termite species thrives in different climates and eats
different types of food, all termites require four things to survive —
food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Virtually all homes,
regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions
for termite infestation.
Termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred
to several million individuals. Colonies use decentralized, self-organized
systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence which exploit food
sources and environments unavailable to any single insect acting alone. A
typical colony contains nymphs (semimature young), workers, soldiers, and
reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several
Termites are generally
grouped according to their feeding behavior. Thus, the commonly used
general groupings are subterranean, soil-feeding, drywood, dampwood, and
grass-eating. Of these, subterraneans and drywoods are primarily
responsible for damage to human-made structures.