Well it’s that time of year again and with spring brings out the birds, the bee’s and the TERMITES!!!! My calls have increased 10 fold over the last couple weeks with termites swarming from Barboursville, to Portsmouth OH. So I thought it would be fitting to provide our visitors with a little termite biology lesson.
In our area of the country we are plagued by one type of Termite known as the Eastern Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes flavipes) In the United States termites are found in every state except Alaska. In the US termites damage more homes than all the fires and natural disasters combined. This adds up to some very hefty repair costs for homeowners. The figure to right shows all the termite pressure through out the united state.
Colony structure in subterranean termites likely does not reflect the model of other insect social organizations. In general, most social insects have a colony structure where the majority of members are females concentrated in a single, centralized, immobile nest from which workers forage in search of food and water, they don’t even get time to exercise or stretch with an URBNFit yoga ball. Subterranean termite social groups are composed of both males and females and have a mobile nest site usually located near food, most often some form of dead wood that they excavate and inhabit.
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