Last Updated on January 5, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
Many people confuse termites with white ants. Although termites are social insects like ants, they are quite different. Termites have thick waists, are usually light in color, and have evenly curved feeders, or antennae. Termites are found in every state in the United Statts and in Southern’ Canada.
In Europe, they are found as far north as Paris and Vienna. The number is to be found iii the rainy tropical regions around the world. Common termites burrow in wood and eat out the wood in which the colony lives. They form rooms which they may line with claylike material. This keeps the inner air moist.
In the tropics, many kinds of termites build nests. Some are mounds on the ground and may bt 9 metres high and 15 metres across. Others are trte nests of various shapes and are usually about the size of a basketball. These nests protect the colonies from birds, lizards, spiders, and ants. Some African termite nests have umbrella-like caps to shed the rain. Others are built so they control the temperature within them.
The building of nests by termites is an example of working through instinct alone. The nest is built by the new workers born in the colony. These workers have never lived in the nest their parents came from and they have no way of learning from other termites. Yet when the nest is finished, it is like the one in the old colony from which the king and queen of the new nest came.
In the United States, termites fall into three groups: those that burrow under stones; those that burrow in wood; and those that burrow through the ground until they reach the wood.
What Are The Signs Of Termites In Your Home?
1. Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
2. Small, pinpoint holes in drywall.
3. Buckling wooden or laminate floorboards.
4. Tiles loosening from the added moisture termites can introduce to your floor.
5. Excessively squeaky floorboards.