Termites are social insects that feed on wood and other plant materials. They are known for their ability to cause significant damage to wooden structures and furniture. There are over 2,700 species of termites, and they are found in most parts of the world, except for Antarctica.
Termites live in colonies that can range in size from a few hundred to several million individuals. The colony is organized into castes, including workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals. Workers are responsible for gathering food and building and maintaining the nest. Soldiers defend the colony against predators. Reproductive individuals are responsible for producing offspring.
Termites are often referred to as “silent destroyers” because they can cause significant damage to wooden structures without being detected. Signs of a termite infestation include mud tubes on walls or foundations, damaged wood, and discarded wings.
Preventing termite infestations involves keeping wood and other plant materials away from the foundation of your home, fixing leaks and other sources of moisture, and having regular inspections by a pest control professional. If you suspect a termite infestation, it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage.