Since the insect world has survived by time in a span of millions of years, they must be doing something right. Whether it is due to highly evolved body structures or dietary regimes, many seemingly look pretty much the same for as long as records stretch back. The different types of termites prove to be a hearty lot of survivors as they manage to find a mode for survival as above ground or subterranean pests. Living in accordance to a well-organized social structure, each and every one of the residents within a termite colony knows its function and duty. Probably that is a contributing factor to their long history as none fight and squabble about who gets to do what. Certainly, this must be something worth learning and suitably applied to enhance man’s ways of living out life.
Despite the many branches, stems and leaves of the termite’s family tree, the general recognition of this creature is based on their residential preferences. Termites which eat dry wood generally live in the same surroundings as man. Since wood forms a shared and important role in the human being’s lifestyle, it is no surprise for these pests to insinuate into this ecosystem. With a healthy supply of food from a dining table handed down from one’s grandmother or an economical decision to build a wooden patio from cheaper in addition untreated wood, many live to regret and see heirlooms and hard work reduce to dust. Once done, they move on to newer pastures, eyeing a tasty armoire or gazebo nearby.
What goes up must come down. Similarly, what lives above ground also has cousins down under. Different types of termites form tunnels in the soil to seek out food supply from trees and other wooden supplies. Known as ground or subterranean termites, these creatures are known to be ravenous eaters and seemingly contribute to extensive damage due to their underground highways and by-ways. Although some tote these creatures’ part in giving Mother character a hand, most prefer to have these pests do their deed in someone else’s yard.
Migration extends beyond birds, grandparents and those seeking new beginnings. Originating in East Asia, distance cousins of these subterranean pests got themselves a free ticket to the North American continent. Wherever not infiltrated and at any rate not eaten by the home crowd, these visitors cut a destructive path by virgin forest and woodlands. This probably gives tree huggers something to think about as they juggle their battles against illegal logging activities and pest invasion.