TERMITES – What’s the role of termites in Ecosystem?
Purpose of Termites in Ecosystem: Termites always feature in the top three “most annoying pests” lists, but these little buggers aren’t just another blind force. Believe it or not, termites play a considerable role in maintaining the ecological balance. They are as important as bees, if not that popular. Termites chew on dead wood and get chewed on by animals and birds. Life in nature is given space to grow by these insects.
So, how are termites good for the Rockland County ecosystem, and the environment in general?
Termites in Ecosystem and their environmental role
Termites are the ultimate soil engineers (working tirelessly in their mounds and burrowing busily in the soil) that allow rainwater to seep deep into the soil and mix with other nutrients. Highly organised and systematic, termites prevent soil erosion (by helping the soil retain its nutrients) and ensure the continuity of plant life. They eat dead trees for the cellulose and make way for new ones by refurbishing the soil. Their sticky secretions hold the soil together and improve its health. Termites also serve as a source of food for many birds and animals.
Termite mounds (that have been around for almost 200 million years, and can be as high as 30 feet and as wide as 80 feet) are a hub for altruistic social behavior. There is a division of labour, selflessness and a lack of panicky behavior during the crisis. Termites stick to their rules and roles, and their eusocial societies have ensured successful propagation of their species. They prosper by eating what most others won’t or can’t and even form successful symbiotic relationships with fungi. Animals stop by termite mounds to warm up or cool down; from the highest strata to the lowest, every organism approaches these blind insects at some point in time.
These “superior kind of cockroaches” maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem with finesse and this is how essential termites role in the environment is.
Termites in the modern world
Bustling and booming, the concrete jungle of New York City won’t be your first guess of an ‘ecosystem’. Westchester County, with its heavily populated suburbs, probably wouldn’t have made it as your guess either. With houses come wood, and with wood come termites. These termites adapt to the human-made ecosystems (houses), and end up being termed as ‘pests’. Termite removal is a common thing to hear from any resident. Pest control might as well be on speed dial.
So can termites still be useful?
Why are the benefits of termites in ecosystem?
However, with the Hudson River, various water bodies, and sprawling landscape, Westchester County is an ecosystem that needs the help of termites (like any other ecosystem). The natural environment that surrounds the artificial one still requires these ingenious soil engineers. Indiscriminate use of pest control can lead to damage to the natural environment as well. Rockland County Pest Control can raise their arms against the termites, but after a certain point, they’ll have to back down if it is not done in the right way. Termites flourish back in trees once they leave the house; excessive use of chemicals all around the building is highly unnecessary. Their environmental role is not one that should be underestimated- only after their unavailability (due to termite removal) will we realize how many dead trees are lying about in dry, eroded soils.
Still, think termites are unimportant?
Chew on this: No evidence of selfishness has been found in termites during experiments. They truly are selfless servants of the ecosystem.
So how do we deal with household termites?
A termite infestation can be disastrous for any household and needs pest control NYC, no denying that. There are, however, environment-friendly and non-hazardous ways to efficiently remove a termite infestation. We at Rockland County Pest Control believe in maintaining the man-made environment and not disturbing the natural one. Termites can be removed using a variety of safe and natural methods.
They will be kept away from the human-made environment and will be contained within the natural one. Our termite removal service does not use any chemicals that are harmful to humans and the ecosystem. Fast and convenient, our termite removal is efficient and eco-friendly. You will be able to enjoy the clean comfort of your home while admiring the lush natural landscape outside your window!
Only at Rockland County Pest Control, termite removal will enable you to be responsible towards the ecosystem while maintaining an ideal and safe home environment.
You can live peacefully in your home, while termites will go back to theirs!