Nothing strikes more fear into a homeowner’s heart than finding out that they have a termite infestation. Termites can do a remarkable amount of damage in a short period of time. In order to understand how, we have to take a look at termite “culture.”
Termites have a queen who controls her kingdom which is divided into three castes. There are the warrior termites that do battle with other colonies and ants. There are the reproductive termites that facilitate the production of new colonies. And lastly, there are worker termites who are responsible for feeding the entire colony.
Worker termites, who make up the bulk of termite society, work 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They don’t need sleep nor have they discovered unions. The bulk of their work involves chewing up your home and feeding the colony. They extract moisture and cellulose from plant-based materials like wood costing homeowners an estimated $5 billion per year. That’s one statistic you don’t want to be a part of.
Termites Attack from Below
Homeowners tend to think of termites attacking from within the walls. But really, that’s just when they first notice them. By then, you have a serious problem on your hands.