Termites are unpleasant little creatures that share a lot in common with ants. Like ants, their society is divided into three castes: The warrior caste, the reproductive caste, and the worker caste. And, of course, there’s a queen. The workers make up the bulk of termite society and they’re very good at their jobs. Unlike humans, they don’t need sleep, so they can work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While the workers aren’t represented by a union, the majority of their work involves chewing up your home. The workers need to be able to feed the warriors, reproductive termites, and their queen. They extract moisture from wood pulp and other substances to feed the other castes. And this is how the bulk of the damage is done.
Termites Attack from Below
Most folks think of termites in their walls, but the fact is, termite control has more to do with what’s under your walls. Termites will begin their attack on your home from the foundation.
Subterranean termites are the most common type found in Spokane and throughout Washington. They survive on moisture and cellulose found in plants and in the soil. That’s why they’ll spend most of their time underground. But it’s only a matter of time before they run into somebody’s home and begin attacking their foundation as a source of food. From there, they exploit cracks in the foundation to find their way up into your walls and that’s when you tend to first notice them.