It’s the Season of Goodwill! The Benefits of Termites…in the Wild

Dec 07, 2022

‘Twas the night before Christmas… famous words of a poem recited every holiday season. Remember what was happening in the house? Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The same cannot be said about termites. They eat twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. These bugs are even happy to nibble on your stockings if they have cellulose in the cloth fibers. As for presents, they will leave you with a hefty termite treatment bill on your Alameda house if you don’t seek the services of a trusted pest control company.

Benefits of Termites to the Ecosystem

Even with all the damage they do to homes and businesses, termites offer Mother Nature and all her creatures many benefits in the wild. During this season of goodwill, consider the good these bugs do when they are not located in your walls. It’s enough to make Santa smile:

1. They are recycling beasts. Eating 24/7 means they have insatiable appetites and feed on the cellulose in dead trees and plants. They will also eat diseased trees. All this eating helps clear the forest floor by decomposing decayed vegetation, leaving room for new plants to thrive.

2. They help prevent soil erosion. The insects have sticky excretions that hold the soil together, which helps prevent soil from washing away.

3. They support the health of the soil. Termites burrow deep in the ground, aerating it. This allows the rainwater to trickle in and mix nutrients, keeping the soil moist. The aeration also improves oxygen flow around plants and trees.

4. They are a source of food. Yes, the mighty yet humble termite participates in the circle of life by serving as food for other animals and organisms.

5. Their actions provide protection for other animals. Termite mounds prevent soil from drying up. They also provide nourishment for the plants near them. The plants thrive and grow, providing protection from the sun or rainy seasons to larger beasts.

Give Santa and His Reindeer a Termite-Free Home to Visit

Despite all the benefits that termites bring to the environment, they do not belong in your home. Ensure you have many happy holidays by scheduling regular inspections of your Alameda house. You will find some of Santa’s helpers at Times Up Termite. Our licensed technicians spend the needed time to thoroughly inspect all the nooks and crannies of your basement, crawl space, walls, and attic. If they find any signs of infestation, they will offer you different termite treatment options, including pesticides and bait traps. One such pesticide is the eco-friendly, reduced risk solution called Altriset. We use this in homes where children, pets, or pregnant moms reside. We will also recommend bait traps by BASF by Trelona to exterminate the wood-boring pests. We offer free inspections, too. Contact us today to learn 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 and then book a termite treatment in Alameda.

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