Do Termites Bite?
Termites are very problematic little insects. They come into a home or other structure, usually young structures, and they start to consume the wood. They form large colonies that continue to grow and grow as they feast upon the wood of the structure. If left untreated, the home can become largely infested.
With such insatiable appetites, it may be thought that termites bite. Why wouldn’t they with their teeth, ability to consume such a tough material as wood, and other characteristics of termites? Well, they do work rather slowly when they consume wood. They work so slow that it is easy to have the time to make an educated decision on how to get rid of termites.
You don’t want to take long making the decision because you don’t want termites wandering through the walls of your home or business for too long. Although they are small, they can cause a significant amount of damage to a structure. If left untreated, the structure can become compromised and repairs may one day have to be made.
Essentially, termites do not bite. They don’t really care to bite humans. They do, however, have soldiers that will ward off threats. For instance, they will fight colonies that try to invade their space. If one colony is eating at the wood in your home, they are not going to let another colony come in and stay. Even if another colony makes a home elsewhere, one is going to encounter the other and they are going to fight. The way they fight is with their mouths.
Termites will also fight with other insects. They are very territorial and will not stand anything getting in their way of survival.
There is one type of termite, however, called the Formosan termite that has the ability to bite humans. It is rare that they do bite, but the ability is definitely there and it is not impossible that it may happen. Because their jaws are so strong, there is pain associated with the bite, resulting in a red area that may be somewhat inflamed.
If bitten by a termite, however, you may not be aware that that is what the bite is, so a bite is not always a telltale sign that there are termites within the home.
Although most individuals do not have to worry about bites from termites, they still need to be exterminated. Despite the fact that they work slowly to consume wood, they will eventually compromise the structure if they are not exterminated in a timely manner. The colony simply gets larger and larger and that will ultimately make them harder to exterminate.
Once you have a pest control specialist rid the structure of termites, it is important to have yearly inspections to ensure that they are truly gone. Just because they may have left the structure alone doesn’t mean there were not more in the ground nearby. It is good to know if any neighboring properties are having problems with termites. That way you can have preventative measures put in place to keep them away from your area.
And even though it is rare that termites bite, it is important that you have them exterminated. If you have children or pets, you certainly don’t want to take the chance of them becoming victims of a termite bite. If the termite feels threatened enough, it may use its defense mechanisms upon a child or animal. Most termites, however, will cower, but will continue to cower amongst the wood beams, feeding themselves and their colony. In the meantime, the king and queen continue to reproduce and the colony gets larger.