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New Research Finding to Aid Elimination of Termites

It is estimated that termites cause about $30 billion worth of damage around the world every year, not including the amount of money that is spent on pesticides to eliminate them. Most of the termite removal techniques that are being practiced today involve the use of toxic chemicals, which can be detrimental to other animals as well as human beings.

Mark Bulmer, a termite expert from Towson University, discovered a way to kill termites in a more affordable and non-toxic way. According to him, termites have a natural protection against a type of fungus that is deadly to them, but that natural resistance can be undermined by a small sugar known as Glucono delta-lactone (GDL). This sugar will prevent certain enzymes in termites from causing damage to the fungal cell wall in their bodies, and this will make them more susceptible to fungal pathogens.

GDL is not harmful to humans, and it can be found in honey and wine. It can be used in combination with the fungus as food bait for termites, and it will kill them before they start to cause damage.

What You Need To Know About Termites

The best time to detect termites is during springtime. The winged adult termites will come out of hiding to get some sunshine, and they will mate before they return to their underground colonies, probably for the rest of their lives. Termites can easily establish colonies in homes and buildings, and they can be there for years without being detected.

Termites usually build their colonies behind walls or paneling, or under floor coverings. They feed on wood, and they can cause great damage to wooden furniture or fixtures in your home. It is not easy to detect the damage done by termites because these creatures do not leave obvious signs of their activities. They usually form galleries inside wood structures, and they will feed on the spring wood and leave the outer surface intact. When you find out the damage that they have done, the wood structure is most likely irreparable. 

NY, NYC, and NJ pest control experts have the necessary equipment and expertise to help you detect and get rid of termite infestation in your home.