Tuesday, 20 October 2020

11 Interesting Facts about Termites You May Not Know

Termites are destructive and eat away dampwood and drywood, inflicting damages on properties worth over $5 billion every year.

These unique and fascinating social insects have been making researchers curious over the years to study and learn more about these tireless workers.

Interesting Facts about Termites

There are many amazing facts about termites that may surprise you. Here are some interesting facts that will reveal some incredible backgrounds about these bugs.

1.     Termites have lived on Earth for 130 Million Years

The origin of termites goes back 130 million years when dinosaurs roamed this planet. According to experts, the earliest termites lived nearly 250 million years ago. During various explorations, paleontologists have found dinosaur bones with traces of novel insects. It suggests that ancient termites might have a role to play as decomposers of vertebrate remains of dinosaurs in the Jurassic era.

2.     Termites Outweigh Humans Collectively

If you put together all the termites of this planet, their combined weight would be nearly 445 million tons. On the other hand, if you put together all the humans, our total weight would only be around 350 million tons. It means for every human, and there are approximately 1,000 pounds of termites.

3. Termites Eat Wood for Cellulose and Digest it with Microorganisms in their Stomach

The fact is that not all termites will eat your house. There are 2,800 termite species in the world, and only 28 eat and digest wood. Other termite species mainly aerate the soil by creating tunnels and clear dead wood and plants. 

Wood-destroying termites feed on dead plants or wooden stuff at home. They can digest tough cellulose or plant fibers. Termites digest wood with microorganisms in their gut that can break down cellulose.

4.     Termites Design their Colonies

Some of the termite species design their colonies upward and shaping it up like skyscrapers of dirt mounds. In tropical regions like some parts of Africa, these mounds are often quite large. Some even measure more than 30 feet.

5.     Termites have hierarchy too

Like ants, termites have a“eusocial” structure, which means they have a societal system with certain castes or divisions, where each caste has a specific role to play. Only worker termites are capable of destroying wood.

6.     Termite Kings Work Responsibly

Unlike bees, where males perish soon after mating, termite kings carry out their work responsibly. Once the termite queens give birth to offspring, termite kings stick around to support their queens, such as fertilizing her eggs and feeding young termites.

7.     Termites Can Feel Vibrations

Termites can feel vibrations on the ground with their sense organs such as antennae and tibiae. Scientists have observed that some of the termite species select food sources before infestation by sensing vibroacoustic signals that emit from pieces of wood.

8.     Most Termites are Blind

Nearly all termite species are blind. Since termites mostly live in the moist, damp, and dark nest, sensing vibrations is enough for their living. Only reproductive termites require eyesight because they need to fly searching formates and new sites for nesting.

9.     Termites Maintain Hygiene

Despite spending all their lives in dirt, termites make efforts to stay hygienic. Termites spend a significant amount of time grooming each other. Maintaining hygiene is crucial to their survival, as it enables them to keep harmful bacteria and parasites under control in the colony.

10.    Termites Never Sleep

It is true. Termites do not wake up from their slumber in the morning. As they are simple organisms, termites can stay awake 24/7 and do not need to recharge themselves by taking a nap as most creatures do. Due to this, termites can keep building colonies 365 days a year relentlessly until they die.

11.  Termite Queens Live Long

Termite queens live the longest compared to any insect in the world. Termite queens may live between 30 and 50 years, with their annual reproduction cycle and building many colonies.


Also Read: 5 Tips to Keep Your House Free of Termites This Season


Do You Need to Keep Termites Under Control?

These amazing facts on termites may make you wonder what if they infest your home. Believe us, and it could be one of your worst nightmares. Hardworking and persistent termites can seriously damage your home, which may cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs.

If you see any signs of termites in and around your home, contact us right away so that we can inspect your home and take measures. Give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or write to us at info@hitechtermite.com, and we will help as soon as we can.

The Termite Control Market Size, its Trends and Analysis 2020

In a world troubled by the ongoing pandemic, a different type of invasion may silently be taking place at your home in the form of termites and pests.

In2019, the global pest control industry's value stood at $19.7 billion in 2019, and the forecasts say that it is likely to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent between 2020 and 2027.

The Termite Control Market Size, its Trends and Analysis 2020

The primary reasons behind such market growth have been increased population, growing economic activities, infestations of insects, and intolerance for termites and pests.

Besides, climate change has become one of the catalysts for the increasing demand for pest control services worldwide.  

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, warmer temperatures will potentially drive a nearly 244 percent increase in the populations of flies and pests by 2080.

If the prediction of the reports is right, there will be a sharp increase in associated diseases. To avoid this, consumers are likely to incline more towards pest control services and preventive measures to escape the damaging effects.

This post will briefly discuss the results of the report by Grand View Research on termite/pest control market size and trends in the US and other parts of the world.

Termite Control Market Trend in North America

According to the termite control report, the demand for pest control services in North America increases, as consumers are opting for professional service providers than DIY products.

Particularly in the US, the high use of wood in residential and commercial buildings provides more opportunities for service providers.


The increasing use of biocides is another major factor that has propelled the market growth. Biocides are replacing traditional pesticides because they are more environmentally friendly.

Leading pest control companies are registering CO2 for controlling pests under the EU biocidal regulations. In 2019, North America dominated the biocide market with a 48.3 percent share. Another report published in 2018 revealed earlier that nearly 29 percent of Americans had experienced a pest issue at some point.

In the commercial sphere, 80 percent of hotels and motels in the US reported bugs in 2019. Other than the persistent termites, invasions of Yellow fever mosquito have become a problem in 23 US states.

The existing government rules and regulations across the US states pose a significant challenge for the market from growing further. Similar to Europe, the US may need regulations like the REACH and Biocidal Products Regulation.

These regulations ensure that service providers safely use biocide products by minimizing the risk of exposure to families, foods, pets, the environment, and wildlife. Non-compliance with these regulations may result in penalties, including fines, remedial measures, and license revocation.

The Scope of the Pest Control Service Market


Report Categories

Statistics

Value of the Market in 2020

$20.1 billion

Estimated Revenue in 2027

$28.1 billion

Market Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.5% between 2020 and 2027

The base year for the forecast

2019

Historical data collated

2016 - 2018

Forecast timeframe

2020 - 2027

Aspects covered in the report

Growth factor, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, and trends

Segments

Applications, end-use, regions

Regional market scope

North America; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Europe; MEA

Countries

The United States; The United Kingdom; Australia; Brazil; France; Germany; Japan

 

Before We Go

The termite/pest control industry in the US includes companies that engage in eliminating or controlling termites and other insects at homes and commercial buildings.

Most US states face the persistent issue of termite invasion and suffer significant financial losses amounting to millions. This is why companies that provide fumigation, non-fumigation, termite damage repair, and escrow inspections have a crucial role to play.

If you suspect termite infestation at your home or office, contact us at (888) 322-8889 or write to us at info@hitechtermite.com, and we will assist you without any delay.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

6 Easy Ways to Spot Early Signs of Termites at Your Home

If you live in or around the Bay Area of California, you must be in love with the place and your beautiful home there. For you, the durability of your home is of top priority. However, issues like persistent termite infestation can damage both the interiors and the exteriors of your property. You would not want termites to eat away the wooden structures and furniture and make your home fragile.

As far as termites are concerned, the Bay Area and Northern California have a high probability of encountering infestation without adequate preventive and control measures. A study by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows that California falls in the termite infestation probability (TIP) zone 1.2. It means California has a high risk of getting infested by termites.

On top of it, California is one of eight US states with a significantly high risk of termite infestation according to the Council of American Building Officials, which published a probability map regarding termite infestation.

You may find it difficult to figure out if your home has a termite infestation. This is why in this post we will talk about spotting the six signs of termites so that you can take termite control measures immediately.

6 Easy Ways to Spot Early Signs of Termites at Your Home

Six Signs to Spot the Presence of Termites in Your Home

1.     Damp or Moist Areas

Termites like to build their colonies in damp or moist areas and they avoid places that have direct sunlight or are dry. So, look around your home to identify damp areas due to water clogging. If the soil underneath your home has moisture, termites will likely dig tunnels and reach the wooden structures.

Termites feed on moist wood because they get cellulose from them for nutrition. A termite expert can guide you about the areas that have termites and the measures you need to take. 

2.     Cracks or Entry Points to Your Home

You should keep doing surveys from time to time around your house to spot any cracks that may provide possible entry points to termites. If the structure of your house is predominantly wood, cracks may appear at the base or on the walls, which will make it easier for termites to get in and damage further. During the inspection, wherever you spot cracks, make sure you seal them to prevent possible termite movement.

3.     Mud Tubes

While looking around your house, you may notice some tiny piles of wood cellulose or soil. Those are mud tubes that termites create while digging tunnels. Through those tunnels, termites infest various wooden structures. If you spot several mud tubes around your house, it is a sign of large-scale infestation. Inspect your wooden walls, floors, pipes, attic, and chimneys. Also, check your home foundation as you may see many of those tubes there.

4.     Signs of Wood Damage

Take a stroll around your house and tap various sections that contain wood and listen to the sound. If you get a hollow sound instead of a solid thud, termites have probably already damaged those areas. The mud tubes we talked about before are potential signs of wood damage and the larger the tubes, the more the damage.

5.     Termite Swarming

Termite swarming is a common sight in various parts of the US, including California. You may have seen a bunch of insects flying or hovering in the evening around the streetlights during spring or summer. Those are termites migrating to build new colonies. If you see such swarming close to your home, the infestation may already have started in your home as well as neighboring homes. In such cases, call a termite control company to stop infestation at the early stage itself.

6.     Wooden Structures

If there are a lot of wooden frames or structures like firewood or fences around your house, termites may start nesting in the damp ones. Also, if there are dead or broken trees, try to clear them to prevent infestation. Once termites eat away those wood supplies, they will start seeking fresh sources of food and are likely to move towards your home. Check all the wooden stuff around your home, and if you spot signs of wood infestation, call experts right away.


Also Read: How to Get Rid of Termites from Hardwood Floors


Before We Go

If you survey your home as mentioned in this post, you are likely to spot signs of termites. To be sure, you can call us for a termite inspection. We are a leading termite control service provider in the Bay Area and our experts will spot termites easily.

If you wish to take termite control measures, we will block the entry points and lower the moisture content around your home. We use advanced microwave technology, along with state-registered chemicals like non-repellant Termidor for clean and efficient termite control.

For more details, give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or drop an email to info@hitechtermite.com, and we will assist you as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Are You Buying a Home? Make Sure to Get a Detailed Pre-Purchase Inspection Done

Are you looking to buy your dream home? Have you shortlisted a few properties and are now in the process of finalizing one? In that case, if checking out properties in person is restricted due to the ongoing pandemic, it will be difficult to make your final choice based on pictures alone.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or are buying your second property for the extended family, one of the first things you need to keep in mind is getting a termite inspection done. Before initiating the buying process, make sure the seller has pre-listed the property for a termite inspection. This will help both parties avoid future lawsuits related to nondisclosure. As a potential buyer, you can ask for two pre-purchase termite inspections: a building inspection and a timber pest inspection. In this post, our focus will be on timber pest inspection.

Are You Buying a Home? Make Sure to Get a Detailed Pre-Purchase Inspection Done

You Need to Have a Pre-Inspection Agreement!

Before the termite and building inspections take place in the property, you need to have an agreement in place. This is a crucial matter involving significant financial impact if any of the parties overlook the inspection.

Before insuring the property, an insurance company requires inspectors to get into an agreement with the buyer to make sure the buyer clearly understands the things that will be part of the inspection. If you are not clear about certain clauses, ask your inspector to clarify them. Many inspection companies do not require the buyers to sign a pre-inspection agreement which can be worrying. You have the right to ask for an agreement before proceeding for the deal.

The Importance of Termite Inspection

Purchasing a home involves substantial investments and if after moving into your new home, you find out extensive termite damage, it will cost you a lot, along with a lot of mental stress. More often than not, it is difficult to spot termite damage at first glance. The damage remains hidden inside walls and under floors and average buyers are not likely to notice them.

This is why getting a pre-purchase inspection done is essential to find the true condition of your potential home. A reputable and licensed termite control company can help you with the inspection and will guide you about taking measures if there are termite damages. A termite inspector can easily identify the damages in the wooden structures. If the damages are severe and if repair will cost you a fortune, you may back out of the deal. 

A pre-purchase termite/timber pest inspection is different from a regular termite inspection. Other than termites, this inspection involves various types of timber pests including wood decay fungi, mold and borers.

Things Included in a Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection

A pre-purchase termite inspection is a visual inspection that an inspector carries out. During the inspection, the inspector cannot inflict any damage on the property or even move any furniture. If the inspector is unable to gain access to certain areas, he/she will leave out those areas and will mention them in the report.

It is important to keep in mind that sellers often deliberately block access to certain sections of the property to hide damaged or decayed sections or furniture. An experienced inspector can easily figure out such tricks and will specify his inaccessibility in the report and advise further inspections.

During the inspection process, the inspector will check every room one-by-one and will spend some time inspecting the roof and sub-floor. The inspector will also check the area surrounding the property, including outbuildings, trees and fences as far as 30m from the main property. An inspector will show particular keenness in spotting entry points, cracks, leaks, ventilation and drainage issues, which could make the property attractive to termites.


Also Read: Termite Control Basics for New Homeowners


Get an Escrow Inspection Done!

If you are planning to buy a property, it is crucial to carry out a pre-purchase termite inspection. We are a leading and experienced termite control company in the Bay Area, California. We have been serving for more than 20 years.

Our termite escrow inspectors will evaluate your potential home and will submit a report within 24 hours. From the report, you will learn whether the property is free from termites or not. Accordingly, you can make your final buying decision. We can also help you in taking termite control measures with our advanced microwave technology. 

To book an escrow inspection, give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or drop an email to info@hitechtermite.com, and we will take things forward from thereon.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

5 Debunked Myths on Termite Infestation in California

Myths and legends can often be misleading.

It is particularly true about the myths on termites that have been floating around for years. Before falling prey to those myths and misinformation, you can do some research and check authentic sources.

Many people believe in incorrect information and drop their guard against termites. It often results in significant damage to their home.


5 Debunked Myths on Termite Infestation in California


In this post, we will debunk the following termite myths and provide accurate information.

Myth 1: My home has a concrete and steel foundation. Termites can’t infest here

Indeed, termites cannot infest concrete and foundation. However, there are still plenty of materials in your home that termites can feed on due to their cellulose content—for example, wooden floors, drywall, furniture, wallpaper, and others.

Termites target wooden components for cellulose because it is their primary nutrient. This is why even concrete or stucco homes in the US with timber frames and furniture are vulnerable to termite damage.

Also, brick and concrete are not entirely impenetrable. They often develop cracks in them that create openings for termites to infest and start feeding on them.

Myth 2: I can take care of the termite problem by myself

It is excellent you if like to try the DIY approach in everything starting from a home improvement or fixing your backyard. However, trying DIY methods often end up producing disastrous results. For example, if you spray natural chemicals to kill termites, it may pose serious health hazards to your family members, especially kids and pets.

Instead of using DIY methods, consult a reputable termite control company that applies state-registered chemicals like non-repellant Termidor to eliminate dry wood and damp wood termites. These chemicals are clean and efficient and have no health risks.

Myth 3: I had termite treatment at my place earlier. It got it covered

Even if you already had termite treatment at your place, it does not make it safe from termites. The instances of termite swarming occur in the US throughout the year, including spring and summer. Swarmers build new colonies and start infesting homes and shops.

When termites build colonies in a geographic area, they infest all the homes if there is dampness or moisture on the ground. A single settlement generally has millions of termites that create tunnels to expand their reach to homes that are close to each other. It means termites pose a threat to all the households in an infested region or area. Even when you have termite treatment in your home, it will not rule out the chances of re-infestation.

Myth 4: We do not have termites in this area

Well, it is still not a good enough reason for not having a termite inspection or treatment in your home. Alaska is the only place in the US without any termite infestation.

In other states, termites more or less build their colonies, and they mainly thrive in warmer weather. These insects are most active in the south, southwest, southeast, and west of the US.

In California, dry wood and subterranean termites wreak havoc and damage properties worth millions. They eat away everything starting from wooden beams, floors, walls, furniture, fences, and other stuff, leaving homeowners distraught. It is even more concerning is that home insurance does not cover termite damages.

The bottom line is if you feel termites do not live your area, it might change any day with sudden swarming. Look for signs in and around your home like mud tubes, and call professionals right away.

Myth 5: Cleaning up bushes, dead tree branches, shrubs will leave no room for termites to infest

 This is another myth. Even if you remove shrubs, dead tree branches or bushes from around your home, it does not keep off termites from invading. Instead, the termites may reach right below your home in search of new food sources.

If your house is close to a wooded area or you are looking to buy a new home where bushes or branches are cleared up recently, it would be better if you get a termite inspection before moving in.




Before We Go

You can save yourself from a lot of trouble and regret by recognizing these myths and paying no heed to them. Termite control services are the ideal solution for you to prevent your dream home from getting ruined by hungry termites.

If you want to find out whether your home in San Jose or San Francisco has termites or at risk of infestation, please contact us at (888) 322-8889 to schedule an escrow inspection! You can also write to us at info@hitechtermite.com, and we will be glad to assist you.

Subterranean Termites Cause 95 percent Structural Damages in the US - Study Says

Did you know that a single colony of eastern subterranean termites can infest nearly 11,000 square feet of land, and comprises up to three million wood-devouring workers? These shocking revelations made by a recent study.

In the US, property damages by termites cause financial losses between three and seven billion dollars every year. It makes termites more destructive and financially damaging than floods, fires, and tornadoes put together.

The eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes) are the most economically damaging in the country. These termites mainly infest in all the eastern states where the instances of hurricanes are common.

Subterranean Termites Cause

Things You Should Know About Eastern Subterranean Termites

According to the researchers of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, eastern subterranean termites cause nearly 95 percent of all structural damages every year in the US.

Further studies show that these types of termites are invading more in the northeast US and southeast Canada as they are expanding their colonies towards the north.

Experts divide termites into three categories after observing their habitat preference: subterranean termites, damp wood termites, and dry wood termites.

Eastern subterranean termites make their colonies below the ground where the worker termites make tunnels through damp soil seeking food. These termites prefer to eat moist and decayed trees, wood logs, dead tree branches, and stumps.

Once the termite colonies mature in a few years, the queen increases her offspring reproduction, which can be more than 2,000 new eggs every day.

Eastern subterranean termite workers also occasionally build vertical mud tubes next to the foundation walls of properties to infest the structural woods above the ground.

During the initial two or three years after subterranean termite swarmers (alates) start building new colonies in damp soil, the number of offspring production declines.

The vast networks of subterranean termite colonies pose a massive threat to the wooden structures. These termites are commonly visible in and around forested and densely wooded regions.

You can look for mud tubes around your house, as these are the most visible signs of eastern subterranean termite infestation.

Structural Damages that Termites Cause in the US

The colonies of eastern subterranean termites are more than double of other types of termite in the US. On top of it, these termites are also responsible for damaging the majority of structural damages reported in the US every year.

The US Department of Agriculture states that the financial value of property damaged by termites is more than 40 billion dollars worldwide annually. Termites infest a minimum of 600,000 homes every year in the US alone.

Worker eastern subterranean termites can quickly eat away sub-structural wood materials and components that are close to moist soil. Besides, these termites can also infest wooden structures above the ground at the base of timber-framed properties by creating protective mud tubes.

Generally, you can notice the infestation of eastern subterranean termites in structurally important wooden components such as floor supports, walls, posts, girder ends, beams, columns, laminated timbers, and sill plates.

Things You Should do to Prevent Termite Infestation

It is essential to keep in mind that eastern subterranean termites feed on old lumber scraps, wooden fences, home renovation stuff, landscaping materials, flowerbeds, ground dams, and any wooden thing.

If you use all the mentioned components for home renovation or maintenance, make sure to clear the scraps once you complete the work. Otherwise, it will be a recipe for disaster as all these wooden things are likely to attract termites. If left for an extended period, termites will build a colony beneath the ground and infest the main structure of your house.

An example can support the fact that during the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane, the collection and distribution of lumber debris throughout the southeast US brought in non-native termites to the states where termites were earlier absent.


Also Read: Termite Infestation in California


Before We Go

Do you think that subterranean termites are infesting near your home? It would then be ideal that you consult a professional termite control company, which will block the entry points and reduce moistures around your home to keep termites away.

Give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com, and we will provide immediate assistance.

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