Posted by admin on Mar 17, 2015

Termite characteristics and what they do

Termites are unique creatures. Likes ants, bees and wasps, these pests live in colonies and are ruled by a queen. Other members such as soldiers and workers also have different roles to help keep their society up and running. These insects feed specifically on cellulous which are naturally found in wood and its products namely paper and cardboard. What else do we know about termites? Here are three characteristics that make white ants stand out. This will help us understand these creatures further as knowledge will help us find a better solution in controlling their population in suburban living.

Termites and People

While termites are vicious in their natural habitat against invading insects or animals that pose a threat to their existence by feeding on them, they are entirely harmless to people. In fact, they don’t bite humans the way ants do to protect themselves. Termites in house, even if they are found in large numbers in an area of a home and are handpicked off the place they are found, will not pose even the slightest threat. These termites can pose a threat however to any structure made of wood be it the house or furniture and should be deal with accordingly, either by professional Termites inspector in Gold Coast or by do-it-yourself methods.

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Termites and their environment

Termites treat their environment differently according to their breed. For instance, the subterranean termite can endure and survive cold weather which is why they can be found in countries with cooler climates. This type of termite builds their colony separate from their food source complete with complex tunnels and separate working chambers and should they have access to a wood-based structure, these tunnels which have a mud-like appearance are extended to their food of choice and can be seen scaling up walls. Other breeds may proceed with things differently.

Termites and other insects

Termites often see other colonies and insects as enemies whether these are ants or just fellow termites. More often, these colonies hatch up a plan and engage in a war should resources be in danger of getting ruled by the rival colony or insects. When ants are put into the equation however, it is a different story. Some breeds of ants identify termites as their food source and out of self-defense, the termites fight for the well-being of its colony by sending in soldiers to protect the rest. These fights would last for several hours until one will stand victorious.

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