A Termite Primer

A Termite Primer

Termites developed 145 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Of course, the best termite exterminator Santa Cruz has to offer has found their stride much more recently.  Considering how long termites have survived on earth, termites can only be described with one word: HARDY, maybe two: Resilient. Yet, similar to all living beings, and much like human beings, for termites to survive, they must have certain things that will support their species if they are to continue to thrive.

Human beings require water, food and shelter to survive. Similarly, termites require the same elements, except termites require another form of H20: moisture, instead of water. From this perspective, termites and human beings share similar life needs to survive. 

Most termites that infest businesses and homes are of the subterranean type. In other words, subterranean termites live within colonies in soil. They derive their moisture from the soil and travel long distances to find a feeding source – the wood and dampness of any wooden structure, located in your home or your business.

When a termite’s dinnertime bell rings, they climb from the soil looking for wood to feed upon. Make no mistake about it, termites have the potential to be massively destructive. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association, damage from termites exceeds $5 billion dollars annually.

So, given their impressive resilience, how does a termite exterminator eliminate termites safely? It is pretty straightforward: A termite exterminator Santa Cruz depends upon simply finds the safest way to cut off what a termite needs to survive. 

Moisture
Termites need a substantial amount of moisture if they are to survive. Damp areas throughout a home are prime for termites as these areas provide food and moisture simultaneously. The use of a dehumidifier is a great way to solve dampness issues. Be aware, though, that damp areas are also ripe for mold growth, some of which is toxic.

Food
The termite’s delicacy is cellulose wood.  A subterranean termite moves from the soil consuming structural wood nearby their colonies.  The termite exterminator treats wood to soil contacts surrounding the home, thus obliterating the previously existing favorable conditions. The termite exterminator thus prevents infestation, which can result in extensive structural damage.  

Shelter
Termites are tiny. The size of subterranean termites ranges between 1/8” to 3/8.”[1] As such, they find shelter in the tiniest of tubes and the ‘craggliest’ cracks found everywhere. A colony of termites must find shelter that provides a secure place to live.

MightyMite Termite is a full service termite company that has been serving the Greater Northern California Bay Area for more than a decade. Contact the professionals at MightyMite Termite. who can solve termite problems without toxic chemicals or the need for tenting.

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