Talking about Pest Control Techniques
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Talking about Pest Control Techniques

Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.

Talking about Pest Control Techniques

How Could a Subterranean Termite Colony Find Wood on Your Property?

Riley Baker

Of the termite species in the US, the subterranean termite is the most destructive of them all. Subterranean termites are difficult to notice because they do most of their traveling and foraging underground. And if they do manage to infiltrate your home, you might not know they are there until they have done substantial damage.

Because subterranean termites are so difficult to detect, they cause over 2 billion dollars worth of property damage every year in the US. This should be cause for concern if you think you have subterranean termites somewhere on your property.

Even though they don't have eyes, termites are surprisingly adept at finding sources of wood.

A starburst foraging pattern in all directions

Termites never sleep. They forage, eat, and transport food back to their nest constantly. When foraging, termites have a simple but effective tactic of sending termites out in a starburst pattern. Foraging outwards from the nest this way ensures that a colony can increase its chances of discovering wood in the vicinity.

The ability to detect moisture

Moisture is very important to subterranean termites. Without it, they cannot survive. Fortunately for termites, they are able to detect moisture in the soil. For termites, moisture is also a sign that plants are nearby. Plants are a source of cellulose, the material found in wood and plants that termites love so much.

This ability may put your home at risk if you have planted bushes and other plants around your home's perimeter. The bushes will attract termites, which may then use the cover of those bushes to infiltrate your home.

The ability to detect chemical odors

Subterranean termites can sense the chemical odors of rotting wood. But this ability only works when termites are close to the source of rotting wood. Termites can also sense plants in the soil.

A habit of traveling along edges

Once a termite reaches a solid object, it may then travel along the edge of that object as it explores. This is bad news if termite foragers reach your home's foundation. Termite foragers will travel along pipes, walls, and foundations until they find a crack by which they can enter your home.

Pheromone cues

If termite foragers do locate wood, they need to inform the other termites of their discovery. Termites do this by leaving pheromone trails that lead from the food source to back to the nest so other termite foragers can find the food source too.

Keep these tips in mind when looking for pest control services, such as Good News Pest Solutions, near you.