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Written by Tim Denner
on June 04, 2020

Pests are feared for a variety of reasons. Some are feared because they have painful stings or bites. Others can spread harmful diseases to humans with a bite or by contaminating food. And others – such as termites – are not feared because of what they can do to people but rather by what they can do to properties. Termites do not pose a direct threat of harm to humans but can still be a source of major concern.

Humans are not a food source for termites

For pests like mosquitoes, humans are a food source. Mosquitoes are always going to be a threat to the wellbeing of humans because they will continue to use human blood as food. Termites will not cause harm to humans in this way because they do not get their sustenance by feeding off of people. If a winged termite lands on your arm, you are not a risk for becoming the termite’s afternoon snack.

Termites construct their defenses

Many pests that cause harm to humans do it as part of a defense mechanism. Ants bite and bees sting as a way to protect themselves from a perceived threat. Termites do not respond to threats in this way. Instead, they construct defenses to protect them from threats. Termites build mud tubes that allow them to move back and forth between the colony and the food source with protection. Termites are not going to be aggressive toward you and try to bite or sting as a means of defense.

Wood is the element that is in true danger from termites

Termites may not cause direct harm to humans but they will definitely cause harm to wood. Wood is the element that is in true danger from termites. Termites use the cellulose in wood as their source of food. There is no need to worry about termites causing you harm but you definitely need to take steps to protect the wood of your home from these pests. Termites can silently eat away at the wood of your home for a long time before the damage becomes evident. Unfortunately, by the time termite damage shows up inside of your house it has likely been occurring for a long time. The true danger that termites pose is not to humans but to the wood in and around your property.

Termites do not cause harm to humans in the direct way that pests like rodents, mosquitoes, and bees can. However, the damage that termites cause to properties can harm your finances, stress levels, and potentially make structures unsafe for occupancy. You may not be at risk for getting bitten or stung by a termite but your home is at serious risk of being damaged by this pest. If you want help protecting your home from the threat of termites, get in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite.

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