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3 Surprising Termite Facts

The word termite is enough to strike fear into the minds of homeowners all over the country. But chances are you don’t know much more about these pests than the fact that they can destroy your home and are a force to be reckoned with!
Termites can cause a lot of destruction to Central Florida homes, and homeowners should seek immediate termite control solutions so they do not cause any permanent damage, but you may be surprised by some of these interesting termite facts.

1. Termites serve a meaningful purpose in nature
Termites can be devastating to your home, but when found in nature they actually serve an important purpose. For instance, fallen trees, vines, and branches can be detrimental in a forest because they limit the amount of space and resources available for new plants to grow.

So, when a tree falls in the forest termites show up to reduce that large rotting mass back into the dirt that it was grown from. This is an important role which creates a nutrient-rich environment in which new life can grow.

2. Termites don’t bite people
While termites can devour the wood in your home, they do not bite humans or animals. The primary risk these bugs pose is the potentially serious damage they can create in your home if they go untreated, but you don’t need to worry about them biting your children or pets. In fact, in some cultures around the world people have turned the tables on these unwanted pests and eat them for therapeutic reasons!

3. Termites never rest
Unlike other household pests that hibernate or lay dormant during colder weather, termites feast 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. They do slow down a bit in colder weather, but the conditions in your home make for a secure place to stay during winter. This is an excellent reason not to wait until summer to take care of your termite problem. Those bugs aren’t waiting for spring so you shouldn’t either!

Most people know just enough about termites to know they should be afraid of them. But termites are a complex pest that can wreak havoc on your home if not treated quickly.

Termite control is a huge industry in Florida and we are happy to have served this community for over 35 years. If you have signs of termite infestation in your home, call today and we’ll gladly come out and provide you with a free termite control estimate.