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Learn About the Common Coneheads

640px-Coptotermes_formosanus_shiraki_USGov_k8204-7All termites are devastating pests for any homeowner. However, there are some species of termites that are more problematic than others. One example is the common conehead termite, which bears the scientific name nasutitermes corniger. Due to the extensive tunnels that these termites build, their presence can spell disaster for homeowners. When it comes to conehead termites, it can be beneficial to familiarize yourself with certain facts.

Characteristics

The conehead termite gets its name from its cone-shaped head, which is usually dark in color. Despite this being a defining characteristic of the species, only the termites bear the cone-shaped head. Termites make up a rather large portion of the termite nest, up to 20 to 30 percent of the settlement. Thankfully, the cone-shaped head is not the only characteristic that sets conehead termites apart from other species. While other termites are known for building narrow tunnels, conehead termites tend to build more extensive, wider tunnels. While this is an impressive feat for the termite, it translates to less structural stability for your home.

Diet

Conehead termites are often found in many southern states, reaching all the way up to North Carolina. It was first found in Florida in 2001 and is a drywood species of termite, like many of the termites found in Central America and the Caribbean. These termites feed on anything that contains cellulose. In the wild, they often infest roots, shrubs and trees. When they infest a house, they start to feed on fence posts, furniture and structural lumber.

Infestation Signs

Unfortunately, the signs of infestation can be hard to spot for the untrained eye. This is why many homeowners call in pest control experts when they fear that they are infested. However, homeowners may notice holes in wood of their property popping up in different areas. These holes are the entrances to tunnels that lead to the termite colony. Another sign is a visual confirmation of a conehead termite.

Reproduction

Once conehead termites set up a colony in your home, it doesn't take long for them to spread. This is because these termites contain both males and females that reproduce. They also spread quickly around your yard since many conehead termites develop wings. This allows them to travel and mate. Once they mate, they can easily return back to their nest. This process is repeated often until your property is infested.

Professional Assistance

If you think your home is under infestation of conehead termites, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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