Termites are the wood-eating species of the roach. They generally live underground or in the walls, and are also found near or inside the wood. The termites cause serious damage destroying the structural strength of the wood. No matter what is the construction material used, unfortunately, most of the homes can turn to be a source of cellulose foods for the baby termites, and the point of concern about the termites is that they hardly give any initial sign of destruction till the damage is enlarged many times. Home being the largest investment, termite damage has become a grave concern to the homeowners. This small write-up aims to talk about the essentials about these immature termites.
How the baby termites look like
The Baby Termites are often confused with the baby ants by a majority of the people, because of their similar look. In spite of that, the immature termites have many differences. Their life starts at the larval stage; they may appear as pale or white in color and have straight antennas. Unlike the baby ants, they have thick waists and have the habit of staying near their nests containing eggs. When grown they can vary in sizes colors depending on the types of the termites.
Types the baby termites
The eggs and the babies of termites are very difficult to distinguish from a distance. When viewed under a microscope they look like translucent white. There are many types:
• Subterranean Termites: These are mud dwellers. They live making elaborate tunnels in the ground. They can invade any type of wood.
• Damp Wood Termites: These also stay close to the ground, and prefer moist and decaying woods.
• Dry Wood Termites: These are mostly found in the attics and inside the walls.
Signs of termite infestation
As damages due to termite infestations are not generally covered by the insurance companies, one of the best ways of preventing damages is to know the early signs on infestation. The following signs indicate termite infestation.
• Formation of mud tubes on walls where these meet the ground, or on wooden beams and other items. To be sure about the baby termites, remove a small section of the tube from the middle portion leaving the edges intact. If you find something crawling out of the tube, or if that is re-built; then there is termite infestation.
• If you discover discarded wings of the same sizes, near the doors, windows and other points, those definitely belong to the termites.
• If you the woods emit a hollow sound when tapped.
Preventing Termite Infestation
The baby termites pose a constant threat of destruction, and the following tips will help you prevent that.
• Plug leakages of the pipes of all home fixtures to eliminate moisture accumulation.
• Ensure clean and effective drainage.
• Repair all cracks, especially near the foundation and the utility pipelines.
• Remove excess woods and store fire wood etc away from home.
• All exterior vents should have screens of appropriate size.
• Regularly monitor the structure for any sign of termite infestation.