|Termite Habitats and Feeding|
Subterranean termite attack is often encouraged unwittingly by human carelessness in providing termites with the ideal conditions for their establishment and development.
Termites derive their nutrition from wood, wood products, leaves, bark and grass, and other material containing cellulose. Paper, cotton, burlap and other plant products are often actively attacked and consumed by termites. If these products are breaking down due to fungal activity or the activity of other organisms, they appear to be more attractive to termites. There are several species of termites that do not attack sound wood, but only wood that is decaying.
Termites depend on large numbers of one-celled animals (protists) living in their hind gut to break down the cellulose to simple acetic acid, which termites can digest. Worker termites and older nymphs consume wood and share their nourishment with the developing young, other workers, soldiers and reproductives, which feed from their oral and anal areas.
To make the environment less attractive to termites:
"A few months ago we decided to invest in the T3i to improve our work with Termites and what a great decision that was.
Our work regarding termite detection has tremendously improved and therefore our treatment can now be pinpointed. Not only is this an effective manner of treatment but looks great in front of our customers.
From a marketing point of view the T3i has raised our professional profile and it has paid for it self over and over again as we have experienced that other companies can not resolve certain termite infestations.
I would strongly recommend T3i to any pest management company, it is an essential piece of equipment when dealing with termite control."
Paul Mantel, Complete Termite Systems (NSW, Australia)