Termites vary in size based the precise type, ranging in length from ¼ inch to 1 inch. Because they are typically silent and can infest a home for a period of time with no noticeable signs of damage, termites are a serious problem.
Termites have long, pale bodies; straight, beaded antennae; and rounded hind ends. Their antennae are roughly the same size as their heads. Worker and soldier termites don't have eyes, but reproductive termites do. Reproductive termites have four equal-sized wings, which they lose after mating.
Termites evolve from egg to nymph to adult through simple metamorphosis. Colonies are established in dark, damp areas receiving little exposure to air near a source of moisture.
To kill termites in your house, treat all affected areas with insecticide, including wooden structures, wooden furniture and the soil surrounding your home. You need a shovel, 80 to 200 gallons of termiticide, a 5-gallon bucket, a power drill, orange oil concentrate, cardboard, boric acid, gloves an
Damaged wood, termite mounds or visible termites are signs that the pests have infested a home. Mud tubes and termite droppings, called frass, may also be visible in infested areas.
Termites typically live in the soil near a food and water source, such as rotting lumber. Some termites do not require a damp environment to survive.
Ants are the main predators of termites. Six types of ants are known to organize attacks on termite mounds and nests. Reptiles, mammals, birds and even humans also prey on termites.
The cost of termite treatment ranges from $1,150 to more than $3,000 as of 2014. The cost varies depending on the size of the property being treated and the extent of the infestation of termites.
Depending on the type of extermination, accessibility and size of a structure, costs for termite treatment range from $1,200 to over $3,000 as of 2014. Chemicals, bait, fumigation and heat are all methods used to stop the damage caused by termites.
Baby termites look like smaller versions of adult termites. Because termites undergo incomplete metamorphosis, they do not start out as caterpillars and then pupate. They begin as small larvae that successively molt until they are adults.