Back to Basics: Termites 101 – Behavior, Diet, and Habits

Nov 17, 2020

Going through the pace of modern life, it is tempting to slow down every once in a while. And that’s a good thing; but it’s difficult to get back to hard work when you’ve taken a break. If you need some inspiration, you only have to look around you. Nature has innumerable examples of hardworking creatures. Squirrels scampering about collecting acorns and all varieties of nuts and berries. Birds gathering up everything they can find to make a comfortable nest. Even the relentless spider that drops to the ground and starts all over to build a new web.

Another being that never stops is the humble termite. These bugs chew wood non-stop every day of the year. They cause billions of dollars in damage to homes.

At Times Up Termite, we believe knowledge is power, and we are here to help with this Back to Basics series. We know the enemy and think you should, too. If you suspect you have an infestation, then give us a call for a free inspection of your Hayward area home. Afterward, we can provide you with the termite treatment options that best fit your situation.

Understand How Termites Behave and Become Familiar with Their Habitats

This type of insect has its own peculiar behaviors and preferred habitats. By understanding where they live, how they act, and what they eat, you are one step closer to protecting your home. Here are the basics:

  • Where Termites Live: The most common place you will find these pests is in wooden structures, decayed trees, and soil. The type of termite determines the ideal location. Subterranean species tend to build mounds in the ground where there are higher levels of moisture. They make elaborate tunnel systems in search of food above-ground. The dry wood species obtain moisture from the air; therefore, you will likely find them in walls and furniture.
  • How They Act: These wood-borers are eating machines. They go practically non-stop 24/7. Everything they do is for the colony. However, as the group matures, swarmers will head out in search of new areas to colonize. You might notice some wings around windowsills. Also, they are attracted to light so that you might see some around light sources.
  • What They Eat: The short answer is, wood. The longer and more scientific explanation is that termites are detritivores. That is, they feed on dead plants and trees. They obtain their nutrients from the cellulose found in wood and plant matter. They don’t stop there, though. They will also feed on paper, plastic, and drywall, and a few species will even chow down on live trees.

Avoid Disaster with a Timely Inspection and the Right Termite Treatment

Protect your investment when you know your enemy and partner with Times Up Termite. Our licensed professionals will come into your home or office and assess the premises. We look in all the nooks and crannies for evidence of infestation and damage. Then, we custom tailor a termite treatment plan that fits your needs. One option includes Altriset, an eco-friendly, reduced-risk pesticide. If you want an excellent choice for homes with children, pets, or pregnant moms, look no further. Give us a call to find out more!

Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection in Hayward.

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