Chemical insecticides can be effective in controlling our insect problems but recent studies seem to indicate that many species of bugs, including termites, are becoming more and more resistant to insecticides. Improper use of these powerful chemicals can potentially expose you, your family and your pets to unwanted and possibly dangerous side effects. Another significant downside to chemical insecticides can be found in the manufacturing process which can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment.
Insects have a host of natural enemies including other insects. If insects reached the full limit of their powers of multiplication unchecked, there would shortly be no living plant left on the face of the earth, and no trace of animal life. Insects possess the ability to multiply rapidly and to spread widely. There have been some experts who claim that the progeny of a single plant louse in a single season, if allowed to multiply at the maximum rate and if none suffered accidental death, would make a mass of matter equal in weight to that of the earth. This may sound extreme but may well be within the realm of mathematical possibility.
Among the most efficient natural enemies of noxious insects are birds and few humans appreciate the service they provide us with scores of bird species dependant largely on insects for food during a part of the year. With ability to fly birds are peculiarly fitted for dealing with outbreaks of injurious insects. From mosquitoes and termites to locust and moths birds are prolific eaters and help to keep insect populations naturally in balance.
The tiny termite a member of the ant family is responsible for structural damage totaling billions of dollars. Subterranean termites live in underground nests near the home and typically enter the structure from below ground. Worldwide there are over 2800 identified termite species though the Formosan Subterranean termites are thought to cause the greatest damage. With the expansion of global trade termites and other pest insects hitch rides and have routinely migrated to other areas of the world. For example, Formosan Subterranean termites are thought to have originated in China and transported worldwide through the shipment of various wood products.