December 2012, a new termite species was reportedly re-identified in Broward, County. Fla. Native to the Caribbean, the tree termite was formerly thought exterminated in the United States. The rediscovery of this termite species is feared to cause rampant damage to property in certain places. Researchers and scientist are keeping close watch. They are now doing a study to determine the possibility of infestation in other unknown areas.
In Scientific Classification: Termites are part of the part of the Arthropoda Phylum, Insecta Class, Pterygota Subclass, Neoptera Infraclass, Dictyoptera Superorder, Blattodea Order, Isoptera Suborder and is also called Termitoidae. Wow?! What a major nose-bleed.
Known as “white ants” in Australia, termites, are the exact opposite of its name-sake “—the ants. Unlike ants, who strive to live by gathering food from its surroundings harmlessly, termites are known to be destroyers and pests. 10% of the estimated 4,000 species are ecologically significant as pests that can cause tremendous damage to property, structures, buildings, crop and plantation.
Known as major detritivores, in the subtropical and tropical regions, Termites however play a considerable ecological importance in their recycling of wood and other plant matter.
Termites live in colonies as eusocial insects and at maturity can number from several hundred up to several million in number. The termite colonies use a system of self-organized, decentralized system of guided activity by swarm of intelligence which exploits food sources and environments.
A termite colony may have several egg-laying queens, soldiers, workers, reproductive individuals of both sexes and nymphs or semi-mature young.
In addition, termites can construct their nests in mounds or shelter tubes. One can distinguish termite damage from other insect damage by inspecting any holes you might find in wooden parts of your home or yard. Termites commonly eat only the tender part of wood, leaving the annual rings undamaged.
Subterranean termites and dry wood termites are primarily responsible for damage to human-made structures. Termite damage creates great damage to unprotected buildings and wooden structures. The destruction usually remains undetected until they have created ruthless damage enough to show surface breaks to the wood. If termites are found, remember to immediately prune away infected wood. Leaving the infested wood unattended can cause a threat to any nearby wooden structure.
Termites not only damage wood, but also paper, cloth, carpet and any cellulosic material they could find. Universal Pest Control provides treatments in preventing and controlling subterranean termites. UPC also does tent fumigations to help in controlling dry wood termites and other wood destroying organisms. Do not wait for the termites to destroy your home. Call us for an inspection today.
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