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What is a Common Conehead?

800px-Coptotermes_formosanus_shiraki_USGov_k8204-7A common conehead is a type of termite. The name comes from the cone-shaped head that this species of termite soldiers have. Conehead termites were previously referred to as tree termites, however, they were renamed to prevent any misconceptions about where the termites attacked. These termites come from the Caribbean and have only been in America since around 2001. Even though they were entirely removed by 2003, they resurfaced again in 2012 in South Florida, and over the years have traveled north. Residents of the south-eastern United States should be concerned about these termites because they will eat anything that contains cellulose. Identifying common conehead termites before they take over can be the key to preventing major damage to your property. Read on to learn more.

Where Do Common Coneheads Live?

Conehead termites are different from other termite species in the United States because they build their nests above ground rather than in the ground. Their nests are freestanding, often in trees or in wooden structures. Their nests are made of mud and other materials that they have foraged from above ground. Coneheads do not just live above ground; they also hunt for food above ground. This makes it easier for them to spread very quickly.

What Do Common Coneheads Eat?

Common conehead termites will eat anything that contains cellulose. This means that they will not only attack trees but also roots, shrubs, furniture, fences, lumber and paper products. If a common conehead nest is in your area, not only are your trees at risk but the architectural integrity of your home is also at stake.

How to Prevent Conehead Infestations

There are several things that homeowners can do to prevent termite infestations. If you have termites in the area, it is helpful to keep your shrubs and trees trimmed so that they are a minimum of 3 to 5 feet away from your house. It also helps to avoid using mulch around your foundation as termites feed on mulch. You should also keep any scrap wood, firewood and other materials that contain cellulose materials as far away from the house as possible. By not tempting termites to come too close to your home, you can work to actively prevent serious infestations.

Professional Assistance

The common conehead termite is a very aggressive species of termite, and they can do a lot of damage to your property in only a short amount of time. Because of their habitat and voracious diet, common coneheads can move into and take over an area very quickly but it can be very hard to notice the damage until it is too late.

If you think that there may be a conehead infestation near you, you should call a pest professional immediately. A pest professional will be able to determine whether or not you have a termite problem and then be able to remove all of the visible nests. A pest professional will also be able to treat the remaining wood in the area to prevent you from future termite infestations.

For more information, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your area for potential termite infestation.


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