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White Termite


Termites are the common name given to a group of insects that feed on cellulose. The classification of termites is closer to cockroaches than to ants. The number of species around the world reaches more than two thousand species of termites. Most of their species live in tropical forests and the coasts of the Pacific and Ocean The Atlantic and many other locations around the world, and it was moved from its habitat by mistake inside the woods, which led to it reaching populated areas and causing a lot of damage, in addition to its high resistance to moisture, which allowed it to hide for long periods inside the woods without being noticed, but it nevertheless presented An effective benefit in converting cellulose into effective compounds that contribute to recycling and increase biodiversity. 


Benefits of termites 

Despite the contribution of termites to an effective role in converting cellulose into effective compounds in biodiversity , but in return it is the cause of many pests that cause a lot of losses to the population and farmers, as statistics have proven that it causes a loss of five billion dollars annually in the United States of America, and it is also It lives in many homes inside wood, plastic pipes, insulation boards and many household foundations, and the methods of getting rid of it are often stressful, and the following will review the most famous types of these ants in the United States and describe their damage:

Terrestrial termites: This type of ants live in groups or colonies that feed together on wood. This type of termite can dig an underground tunnel of more than forty-five meters in length. These ants are found all over the United States, but from It is rare to find in cold climates, and statistics show that 95% of ant losses are caused by this species. 

Dry wood ants: These ants live inside wood, and build colonies inside doors and wooden panels. This type is spread specifically in eastern California and the southeastern United States. 

Wet wood ants: These ants live inside damp woods, and are common in homes with plumbing problems . Their original habitat is in the Pacific coasts , and a few of them can be found in South Florida, but they do not cause any damage there. 

Formosan ants: This type of ants is believed to have spread inside the old wooden railway tracks. Formosan termites have a huge destructive ability, and they feed on a large amount of cellulose by destroying high areas of farms.


Getting rid of termites in homes 

Termites have a high ability to destroy, and they may not be discovered until about five years after they live inside the furniture and walls, and this time is too late for rescue, when the house almost reaches the stage of collapse, so it is important to protect the house from termites from By keeping the house dry and dealing with moisture problems quickly and not neglecting them, it is possible to use insect repellent materials and mix them with the paint of the walls of the house before using it, and attention should be paid to closing all small cracks in the doors, around the windows and inside the walls so that termites and other harmful insects are prevented from entering home as much as possible.

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