Do termites really eat wood?
Yes, termites actually eat wood. Using bacteria, protozoa and microbes that live inside their stomachs, they are able to digest cellulose, the main constituent of wood.
Can termites make their way through concrete?
Termites cannot go through solid concrete, but they can get through a crack only 1/32nd of an inch wide. Openings this size or bigger often occur where two pieces of concrete abut—like when poured separately—and around plumbing penetrations through the concrete or where the concrete has cracked.
I have active termites. How much damage will they do in a month’s time?
Subterranean termites would not be expected to create significant damage in a few months’ time, but rather over an extended period of time if left untreated. Individual termites randomly visit the various feeding sites established by the colony, rather than returning to the same location day after day. Terminix recommends
How do swarming termites enter a home?
Subterranean termites come from the ground to enter structures. Wood portions of the structure (and its furnishings) that are closest to the foundation level are probably more prone to infestation, but termites can move to other areas. The typical evidence of infestation is the presence of dirt-like shelter tubes that the termites use to conceal themselves as they cross masonry foundation materials. The swarmer termites can enter the home at any one of these access points.
How long do termites live? Why do they lose their wings?
A worker termite may live from one to two years. A queen termite may live for decades. Winged termites, also known as swarmers, need their wings to fly a short distance from their nest. They then pry off their wings and never fly again, burrowing themselves in the soil to spend the remainder of their lives building a new colony. They must remove the wings to move through their underground tunnels.