Tag: Termite Inspection
An Invasive Drywood Termite Species May Make Its Way Into The USA
Most drywood termite species come from the Cryptotermes genus. This particular genus has been studied extensively and the drywood termites of this genus are the most economically significant of all drywood termites, as they are known for causing extensive damages to both crops and structures. So far, experts have documented a total of 69 Cryptotermes…Read More
The Unusually Abundant Amount Of Feces Produced By This Termite Species Can Be A Slipping Hazard To Humans
In the United States, and most other countries in the world, subterranean termites inflict far more damage to manmade structures than both drywood and dampwood termite species. But one particular drywood termite species, Cryptotermes brevis, is the most frequently introduced termite species in the world. In other words, no other termite species has traveled to…Read More
How Are Seemingly Identical Termites Distinguished As Separate Species?
Up until recently, termites have compromised their very own insect order known as Isoptera. However, recent genetic studies have revealed that termites actually evolved from ancient wood-eating cockroaches. This makes the termite order, Isoptera, a suborder of the cockroach order, Blattodea. Considering the fact that this discovery was only made recently, it is not hard…Read More
Researchers Use Termites To Create The Biofuel Of The Future
Researchers Use Termites To Create The Biofuel Of The Future Many modern thinkers believe that an environmentally friendly and sustainable source of fuel must be developed and utilized if humanity wishes to have a future on this planet. The current use of coal and oil will not suffice as long-term energy sources, and these energy…Read More
How Do Termites Move Large Amounts Of Water For Mound Construction Purposes?
Considering the vast number of termite species that have been documented by researchers thus far, it should not be surprising to learn that there exists a variety of different types of termite nests as well. For example, mound-building termites, as their name implies, build nests that protrude from the ground. Most subterranean termites construct cryptic…Read More
Why Are Eastern Subterranean Termites So Widely Distributed Within North America?
There exists around 45 documented termite species inhabiting the United States. Most of these species are native to North America, but several non-native species have established an invasive presence within the US as well. Although the two most destructive termite species in the world, Formosan and Asian subterranean termites, have become established in the US,…Read More
Why Does The United States Contain An Unusually High Number Of Invasive Termites?
Within the last century, six non-native termites have established an invasive presence within the state of Florida. This makes the state of Florida home to the greatest number of invasive termites when compared to all other US states, followed closely by Hawaii with five invasive termite species established. The manner in which these non-native termites…Read More
Hurricane Irma Brought Termites Into One Of Florida’s Oldest Historical Homes
Florida may be a popular vacation spot due to its tropical climate and picturesque beaches, but the state is also well known for its high termite population. Among the 21 different termite species that are established in the state, six are invasive. No other state contains a greater number of invasive termites than Florida. In…Read More
Termite Species That Have Been Found Mysteriously Outside Of Their Habitat Range
Humans may be situated at the highest level of the food chain, but when it comes to sheer numbers, insects dominate the earth. Insects are the most species-rich animals in the world. So far, nearly one million different insect species have been documented by scientists. Amazingly, this seemingly high number does not come close to…Read More
An Artist Illustrates How Termites Can Be Useful For Mining Operations
As far as most people are concerned, there is nothing beneficial about termites. Very few people will claim to have an appreciation for termites. Of course, termites do perform essential ecological duties that help to maintain the proper balance of the ecosystem. As important as termites are for sustaining life on this planet, many people…Read More