Termite Control

By: Nationwide Pest Control & Management  06-Mar-2011
Keywords: Pest Control, Pest Management, Pest Services

Termites are small, white, tan, or black insects that can cause severe destruction to wooden structures. Termites belong to the insect order Isoptera, an ancient insect group that dates back more than 100 million years. The Latin name Isoptera means "equal wing"and refers to the fact that the front set of wings on a reproductive termite is similar in size and shape to the hind set.

Termites become a problem when they consume structural lumber. Each year thousands of homes in Australia require treatment for the control of termites. Termites may also damage utility poles and other wooden structures. Termite pests in Australia include subterranean species. These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and may also attack stored food, books, and household furniture.

The termites are a group of eusocial insects usually classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites are major detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance. As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use a decentralised, self-organised systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence to exploit food sources and environments that could not be available to any single insect acting alone. A typical colony contains nymphs (semi-mature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both genders, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens. Termites are sometimes called "white ants", though they are not closely related to true ants.

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