Termites are social insects that live in colonies with a caste-based social structure. The three most common names for these kinds of insects are drywood termites, wood-destroying termites, and subterranean termites. The three different types of termite colonies are: the Gutter Ants, the Wood-Boring Termites, and the Termite (Subterranean) Termites.
Termites are known to toil away at the inside of your house, building up walls and floors. When they are found in a house, they are usually found in the basement or the attic. It is common for them to breed on wooden furniture and wooden floors. Shearing such as hardwood boards can also be eaten by termites. Very few species of termites will eat plaster or brickwork unless it has some organic material in it.
Why do termites bite people?
Termites may bite a person who is directly touching their nest, irritates them by disturbing their nest or if they are in the nest for too long.
As a person walks through an infested area, termites will follow after them and could even crawl up their sleeves. If a person is walking on the ground where termites live and a termite stumbles on top of him/her they will bite.
If you are not allergic to their venom and do not have an allergy to their saliva you usually have no problems with these bites. However, the only time a person may have an allergic reaction is if they are bitten on a sensitive part of the body such as the face or an organ such as a lung.
When a termite bites a person it may cause pain and swelling. The most common reaction is to find the area swelled up, red and itchy but there is also possibility of infection like a slight fever and some general discomfort.
If bite occurs on the neck or arm, your doctor will most likely give you antibiotics for 24 hours because it may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause an infection. If you think you have an allergic reaction to the bite visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Do Flying Termites Bite?
Flying termites do not attack people. They are not aggressive and do not spread diseases so they will only bite you if you panic, flail your arms and legs around or happen to walk straight into their nest. They are mostly harmless even if they do somehow manage to land on your skin.
If a flying termite does land on you it will usually fall because there is no substance for it to stick on to. When it falls, it will bury itself into the ground and the chances of it biting you again are very low. However, since flying termites are generally not aggressive, they will usually leave you alone unless you make a big commotion for them.
Which type of termites prefer to bite people?
Termites are divided into workers, soldiers, king, and queen. Soldier termites usually bite people. The reason they do is because they feel threatened. When this happens, you will know it by the amount of pain and itching that follows. The termites that bite people are mostly subterranean termites, which are found in the ground.
Do termites often bite people?
No, termites do not often bite people. They will bite only under a certain set of circumstances, and only if they feel threatened because of something you do. If you go near their nests, for example, you may accidentally disturb them and so they will instinctively attack.
Are Termite Bites Dangerous?
Termite bites are not dangerous to humans. They are often painful, but a simple treatment may reduce the redness and swelling. Their saliva is generally harmless and will not cause infections. If you are allergic to the saliva of a termite you can be treated with antihistamines (available over-the-counter or in the form of a spray).
The most important thing to do if you have been bitten by a termite is to wash off the saliva as soon as possible.
What does a termite bite look like?
A termite bite does not look like anything because most of the time it is not visible. The only time you may notice one is when the termite has broken out because the body fluid of a dead termite is toxic and will give you an allergic reaction. But since this is rare, most times you will not notice anything at all.
In some instances, a termite bite may cause an allergic reaction. A mild allergic reaction will happen within a few hours after the bite. This type of reaction occurs when you have injected your body with an antigens from the termite, which means the immune system has already been stimulated so it can recognize and react to it. Then, this allergic reaction may cause redness around the bite, pain, swelling and itching.
How to Handle a Termite Bite?
Although a termite bite is not dangerous, you should still seek medical attention if you have one. The most important thing to do is to wash off the saliva from the bite area with soap and water. After you have done that, wash the area with a mild antiseptic soap and dry it out thoroughly.
If you are allergic to the bite, then get medical attention as soon as possible.
How to get rid of Termites?
To get rid of a termite infestation, you have to get rid of the termites that are living in your house. Because of the high mobility of termites, it is not easy for them to build in areas that are mostly accessible for people. However, when you do find little colonies in places inaccessible for people, it might be time for a professional pest control company to deal with the problem.
You can use oil treatments for termites in the house. Or you can also choose to buy and use termiticide products. Termite killer is one of the most popular products you can find in the market today. You may also opt to buy a home pest treatment kit, which will have insecticides and other chemicals that can be used for controlling various household pests.
However, the best way to get rid of termites is by hiring an expert pest control company to kill them for you.
Termites are very tiny insects that spend most of their days and nights in the dark underground. They are not dangerous to people as they are just harmless bugs, but they are extremely useful to a healthy ecosystem because they help plants produce food.