In our line of work, we’ve seen just about everything you can imagine. This includes termites and the devastating damages they leave in their wake. Termites are a destructive pest that can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home and property.
Natural Predators of Termites
It’s estimated that there are between two and ten termite colonies per acre of land in Arizona. With up to 2,000 termites in each colony, it’s easy to see how quickly they can become a major problem. While it’s our job to rid your home of these destructive creatures, we do get some help from mother nature as well.
There are a wide variety of natural predators when it comes to termites. From insects and reptiles to mammals and birds, termites are in a constant struggle to survive. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common predators of termites.
There are hundreds of different species of birds that love to make a meal out of termites. Some of the most well-known avian predators include:
- Red-Headed Woodpecker
- Spotted Eagle Owls
Spiders & Other Insects
Spiders can use their inherent abilities to catch termites in flight. With a well-placed web, arachnids will enjoy a full meal more often than not. Some of the lesser-known predators of termites include:
- Assassin bugs
- Unsegmented roundworms
Perhaps one of the biggest predators of termites is the ant. There are six different species of ants that will actively seek out and prey on termites. Ants live similarly to termites, utilizing widespread colonies to further their survival. Because of this, raging battles between ants and termites are not uncommon.
Reptiles and Amphibians
As if termites didn’t have enough to worry about, reptiles and amphibians are also on the list of natural predators. Some species of these animals have also been known to take advantage of a tasty swarm of termites. These animals include:
Predators of termites don’t just live above ground. Creatures like moles and shrews will certainly help themselves to a meal should they stumble upon a termite colony. Other mammals who actively search for colonies of termites include:
Some may be surprised to learn that primates can also be included on the list of natural predators of termites. These beloved creatures have been observed intelligently using tools to extract termites from a colony for a tasty snack.
Arizona’s Trusted Termite Professionals
For over 25 years, Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination has been serving our friends and neighbors in the Phoenix Valley with comprehensive termite services. We take pride in a job well done and have worked hard to earn our esteemed reputation in the area.
As the leading choice for termite inspection, prevention, and exclusion, you can be sure your home is in good hands! If you have spotted the signs of termites in or around your home in Arizona, don’t wait for the natural predators of termites to rescue you. We can help!
Contact Budget Brothers today to find out more about our termite services and other pest control options.