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Termites – The Unseen menace:
Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes.
As long as human civilization will exist, pests will be a part of our existence. As our life becomes more hectic with lesser time in hand the menace of pests is going to increase manifolds. Amongst household pests the Termites and ants are the commonest household pests. Termites orb white ants are the most notorious and evolved millions of years ago from social cockroaches. Termites have chewing mouthparts and they feed chiefly on wood, from which they obtain cellulose. Termites undergo gradual metamorphosis. Surprisingly 10% of the 4,000 odd species from the 2,600 known are economically important as pests.
One can say termites and ants are social insects since they live in colonies that at maturity number from several hundred to several million individuals. A termite and ant colony contains nymphs, workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens. In some families of termites, no workers develop, and the nymphs perform worker functions, which include feeding the royal couple, the soldiers, and the very young nymphs; caring for the eggs; grooming the queen; constructing and repairing the nest; and foraging for food. The soldiers have heads as large as the rest of the body and equipped with strong mandibles used in defense of the colony. They attack any intruders to the colony and stand guard at the entrances, in some species closing the entrances by putting their heads in the holes. Soldiers of certain species squirt a sticky, poisonous secretion at enemies.
Importance of termites
Termites eat cellulose and cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on earth. To find the source of food i.e. wood and other cellulose sources, termites often construct miniature, private highways under the soil. While considered as pest by homeowners, offices etc, termites are actually beneficial insects, ecologically speaking. Termites break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead and decaying trees into new soil. These hungry insects are vital to the health of our forests. As they tunnel, termites improve the soil by aerating it.
Damage by Termites
Because of their wood-eating habits, termites sometimes do great damage to buildings and other wooden structures. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building they do not limit themselves just to wood, also damaging paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials as well. The termites that cause the greatest damage for dwellings, typically belong to the family Rhinotermitidae, the soil dwellers, or subterranean, termites. Most of our hidden housemates are harmless. But when it comes to termites, some can literally eat us out of house and home. While termites’ ability to damage our homes by eating wooden foundations is legendary, most species do not cause problems. Usually they are rarely seen, hidden away inside wood, underground or in their nests. One interesting anecdote of a strange incident in this context is a news report that termites ate their way through notes worth 10 million rupees in a bank in India.
The remedy and its effects.
It is thus pertinent that termite and ant control became a part of all of our lives. Treatment of soil, use of treated wood, or shielding with metal and concrete are among the methods used to prevent entry of termites into buildings. The chemical treatment for ants and termites is not only expensive and tedious. It is equally harmful. Termite treatment and termite insecticide promises a termite free life but seldom talks about the harmful chemical effects of such treatments. The question that arises now is there a safe and healthy alternative?
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