Alexandria Termite Control
Subterranean termites are responsible for damage amounting to billions of dollars every year in the United States.
Cellulose found in wood and other materials such as paper, burlap, cardboard, books, cotton and woody plants provides nutrition for subterranean termites. Many species need the bacteria and single-celled protozoans in their bodies to aid them in digesting cellulose, which they share with larvae and other termites after digestion.
Certain fungi that decay wood to make it more appetizing and easier to eat produce particular odors that attract termites, and the fungi also provide nitrogen for the insects in some cases. The fungi can cause deterioration that resembles the damage of a termite infestation, making pest detection more difficult.
Subterranean termites dehydrate easily, so they must have moisture to survive. Termites’ main source of moisture is soil, but they get water from air conditioning condensers, leaky roofs, defective plumbing and other sites as well.
Termites living underground construct shelter tubes above the ground level to use for protection as they search for food. Workers use tiny pieces of wood, soil and debris, sealing the mixture with their secretions, to make the tubes.
Because termites can remain unnoticed for years as they quietly eat away at a structure, regular inspections and preventive measures are important to avoid costly repairs later. A licensed, professional inspector familiar with the habits and biology of termites and with construction methods and conditions that attract termites is best qualified to recommend the proper treatment for each situation.
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At My Exterminator, we offer the most up-to-date pest-control techniques performed by knowledgeable, experienced technicians to ensure the effectiveness of our treatments. Whether you see signs of a termite infestation or want to be sure that your property is uninhabited by those destructive insects, contact us to get a free quote.