A termite infestation is quite easy to determine. Check your home and search for a few holes, or pound on your wooden walls, floorboards, and ceilings. If you hear a hollow sound or see unusual cracks or holes on the wall, do not ignore them. Termites are already chewing through your home, and it is only a matter of time before they manage to destroy it fully.
The enormous appetite of termites is a known fact. They love to eat — a lot. Experts believe these tiny critters eat as much as 2 to 3 percent of their body weight daily. But that’s not the problem. The problem is – termites are not solitary animals. They move in colonies and their colonies number in the tens of thousands. Having that many mouths to feed means they would need a huge food source, like your entire property! Although termite colonies may be situated quite far from your home, they are travelers and are known to venture up to 300 feet from their camp just to forage.
As if that is not enough, the colony’s queen is a champion in reproduction. Her size alone is a good reminder of her baby-making abilities. She can be several inches long, which renders her immobile at times, but that doesn’t stop her from laying an egg every three seconds for as long as 15 years straight. In a single day, the queen can lay as many as 30,000 eggs. The queen actually gives birth to the entire mound. Experts believe that a typical mature colony can hold as many as 2 million termites!
Endless foraging, constant eating, a penchant for travel, huge population – these are a dangerous combination of pest characteristics for a homeowner. Imagine that many termites – always hungry, continuously reproducing – invading your home.
It is a scary problem, but one that can be solved. Yes Pest Pros are more than capable of exterminating termites and keeping them from coming back. Contact us today for inquiries.