Amazing Tenacious Termites

Home Inspector with The House Whisperer

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Termites have lived longer than the dinosaurs and continue to eat their way through all the wood they can find. Termites are 24/7 bugs, which means they eat non-stop - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have hard, saw-toothed jaws that help them to eat lumber, wallpaper, plastics and fabric make of plant fibers. These pests cause up to $2 billion of damages per year.

Termite Fact: The total weight of all of the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world... Believe it or not... (don't ask where I get this stuff). 

The photo is the work of Western subterrean termites in Walnut Creek. Where moisture regularly collects inside the wall or other cavities of a building, say from faulty plumbing or broken roof tiles, the Western subterranean termite can develop a subsidiary colony nest.

They build a central colony nest from which they construct underground tunnels that radiate within a 100 yard radius from a central colony nest in search of a timber (cellulose) food source.

Termites travel in humidified mud-shelter tubes or galleries... Western subterranean termites travel in these mud shelter tubes as protection from predators, sun-burn, dehydration and to maintain a high humidity environment which is essential for their survival.

I'm not the termite guy, but when I see evidence of these wood destroying organisms... It's in my report with a photo.


Comments (3)

Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

I'm so glad that we don't have to deal with termites in Minnesota.

Jan 04, 2012 04:57 PM
Constina M. Baylor
REMAX Gold Coast Realtors Oxnard - Oxnard, CA
Broker Associate - Oxnard Homes, Oxnard Beach and Marina

And I thought cockroaches were the enemy.

Jan 04, 2012 05:15 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I saw the photo before the title, I recognized the pest right away. It is amazing how they get to what seems to be ample space between soil and wood. Time to call the exterminator.

Thanks Glenn.

Jan 04, 2012 07:27 PM