Termites are a fascinating species of insect. Their colonies are divided into three castes composed of termites whose main job it is to create new colonies (reproductive termites), termites whose main job it is to protect the colony (warrior termites), and termites whose main job is to perform the work necessary to ensure everyone else gets fed (the worker termites). Unlike human workers, termites work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that the rest of the colony is fed. This includes the colony’s queen who can live up to 30 years—longer than any other known insect.
Of course, the very things that make termites so interesting also make them very destructive. Termites extract the moisture from wood, attacking the wood at a cellular level. Since they don’t need rest breaks, the worker caste will spend all of its time destroying your most valuable asset: your home. Each year, termites do millions of dollars in damage to American homes. Pointe Pest Control can save you thousands of dollars in major damage, but you have to act quickly before the infestation gets out of control.
Understanding Termite Control
Most people have an image of termites attacking walls, but termites actually attack your home from beneath its foundation. In the State of Washington, the majority of termite species are subterranean termites that move through ground soil and attack from below. From there, they exploit tiny cracks in your foundation to gain entry into your home where they start doing serious damage.