Termites


Termites

* Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
* Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
* Termites have wings that they shed once they have found a good place to build a nest.
* Termites cause up to $2 billion in damage per year!
* All Termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.
* The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the    humans in the world.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termite colonies can be up to 300 feet long and there can be tens of thousands of termites in a single colony. Formosan termite colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives. They are the largest and most destructive kind of termite.

Size: 1/2″
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Color: Yellowish brown
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Formosan Termite
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Isoptera
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Species: Varies

Formosan Termite Diet

Formosan Termites eat wood and fabric made from plants. When they eat dead trees, these termites help the environment and make space for new plant life.

Formosan Termite Habitat

Formosans live in huge underground colonies, and build mud nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats and buildings.

Formosan Termite Impact

Formosan termites eat a lot of wood and can damage your house.

Formosan Termite Prevention

* To avoid Formosan termites, make sure water drains away from your house and keep damp wood away from your home.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives.

Size: 1/8″ to 1″
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Color: Creamy brown
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Subterranean Termite
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Isoptera
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Species: Varies

Subterranean Termite Diet

Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.

Subterranean Termite Habitat

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

Subterranean Termite Impact

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Termite Prevention
* Don’t let water pool around your home’s foundation. Termites like that!
* Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.

For termite infestation treatment or to schedule a no-obligation, free termite inspection in Knoxville, Sevierville or East TN, contact Johnson Pest Control at 865-453-7587.

 

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