Something You Should Know! Termites do more than $5 Billion dollars in damage to structures each year. That is more monetary value than all-natural disasters combined! Termites live in nearly every state in the U.S. and are active all year long, 24-7.
It’s a common misconception that if a house is treated one time, it is good for life. However, liquid termite treatments generally last three to five years.
You only need to treat the area that the termites are feeding to eliminate a termite infestation. Termites are continuous foragers and use pheromones to communicate. If only one area is treated and termites mark that area as a danger zone, they could essentially move over a few feet and reinvade the home in a different area.
Termites only feed on wood. Termites will feed on any material that has cellulose in it. This included books, paper, and paintings. We have even seen them feed on rhubarb plants, they were the prettiest pink termites you could imagine.
Termites don’t travel very far. Even though termites are small, they can forage long distances for food and water. Some studies have shown eastern subterranean termites traveling up to 700 feet away from their colony.
All termites work together. In the Midwest there can be 1-5 colonies on a 1-acre area, these colonies don’t always get along! An easy way to tell if termites are in the same colony is to set up a petri dish, drop termites that were found in different areas of your yard into the petri dish and see if they fight. If they fight they are a different colony, if they don’t, they are most likely related. On the other hand, they can help each other out…If one termite colony has been eliminated, their tunnels still remain. Other colonies can reuse those tunnel systems, it’s like finding a road in the middle of nowhere.
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