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What Kinds of Termites do we Have in Georgia?

Posted: December 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm

The climate here in Georgia is mostly temperate. That makes it ideal for all insects to live and thrive, including termites. Let’s take a quick look at the kind of termites we have in Georgia, and what is necessary to protect our homes and our belongings from them.

Drywood Termites

These termites live in colonies of around 5,000.

They are social insects that live in a caste system and work together to find food and reproduce.

Drywood termites prefer hardwood. This makes them a danger to furniture inside a home, especially antiques.

These termites do not require moisture above ground or contact with the soil in order to survive.

They live and feed entirely inside the wood they are consuming.

Subterranean Termites

These termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars in damages each year.

They are social insects that live in a caste system.

These termites prefer soft wood, and are attracted to areas that have been softened by rot.

Subterranean termites get their name because they usually build their colonies below ground. This is because they require the moisture that is in the soil in order to survive. When they enter a structure, they will do so by eating into wood that is touching the soil or by constructing mud tubes.

They live, feed, and travel entirely inside the soil near a home, the wood they are consuming, and their mud tubes.

Formosan Subterranean Termites

Since these are subterranean termites, they share all the above characteristics of subterranean termites.

Formosan termites are a species of subterranean termites that are able to build nests that are lined with their feces. These nests retain the moisture that is needed for their survival and allows them to stay entirely inside the structure they are feeding on without contact with the soil.

Formosan are the most destructive of all subterranean termite species.

Treatment Options

If you own a home or are looking to buy a home, it is important to make sure you have a termite pest control solution in place. At Allgood, we use the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, which is used to protect our nation’s White House and several other historical sites and monuments. It is 100% safe for the environment, targets only termites, and works not only to prevent termite damage but also to eradicate the colonies that are sending workers to feed.

When you need national quality, effective protection for your home and your belongings, Allgood has the solution. Get immediate assistance today and stop termite damage before it begins with Allgood Pest Solutions and Sentricon.

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Termite Building Code / Pest Control / Business Services …

Posted: December 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Florida Building Code and Termite Protection

The Florida Building Code contains a number of provisions that are designed to increase the effectiveness of preventative treatments for termites and decrease construction practices that make structures susceptible to termite infestation.

Termite Protection in Buildings[ 219.65 KB ]summarizes the building code and answers frequently asked questions.

The table below lists sections of the Florida Building Code that pertain to termite protection and gives a short description of each section. The actual language of the sections referenced below can befound on the Florida Building Commission’s website.

Florida Building Code requires pest management professionals who offer preventative treatment for subterranean termites for new construction to provide the following:

Examples of forms that will meet the notification requirements are provided below.

The following forms were designed and reviewed by the Florida Professional Applicators Alliance to comply with both Chapter 482, Florida Statutes, and Florida Building Code requirements.

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Termites and Fumigation – Tri-County Pest Control Inc.

Posted: December 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Our inspectors will detect the presence of termite colonies before they have a chance to harm your home, or even become visible to you. We will inspect your home from the ground up and provide the solution you need to be rid of these annoying, and possibly dangerous, pests.How do I know if my home is termite infested?How to Identify Termites in Your Home?The following are indications that you may have termites present in your home:

a) Termite “droppings” which some say resemble sawdust.b) Swarms of winged insects in your home or from soil surrounding your home.c) Check window sills for termite droppings and discarded wings from swarmers.d) Mud tubes on the interior or exterior walls.

What can an Inspection do for Me?

Because of the difficulty of detecting termites and any damage incurred you should consult with a professional pest control company. First and foremost you want to make sure the company you hire is reputable and licensed to provide services. By hiring a professional pest control company you can rest assured that the inspector is well trained and knowledgeable in providing answers to your questions. The minimum requirement by California state law for termite inspections includes a visual search of accessible areas, but a thorough inspection of accessible areas is highly recommended in order to assess the damage, if any, the termites may have done. Once an inspection is done the pest control company should supply you with an inspection report and treatment plan for the eradication of the problem. Please keep in mind that studies show that termites cause a billion dollars in damages every year and a typical homeowner’s insurance policy does NOT cover the cost of termite damage.The two most common termites in our area are the drywood and subterranean termite. The dry-wood are difficult to detect as they live deep inside the wood and are only visible during certain periods. That is, when they swarm (summer time) or when infested homes are being repaired. Colonies for this type are small and can be widely dispersed. Signs of drywood termites are shed wings and kick out holes; small holes the size of a BB shot which termites push out fecal pellets out of the wood and/or interior walls.

Subterranean termites are commonly mistaken for ants and swarm during the winter and spring time. Colonies for this type of termite are established in the soil and reach the ground above by building mud tubes. It is imperative that if an active infestation if found in your home, you should have it treated as these insects do not go away, they will just cause extensive and expensive damage.

Termite Solutions:

Once the inspector has determined the kind of termite you may have, he will be able to provide you with a solution that is best for your home and family.There are different approaches to the treatment of termites. The method you choose will depend on the extent of the infestation as well as your preference in treatment.

The following is a list of treatment methods:

We offer 2-year warranties with our services, with free annual inspections to ensure that there are no active infestations.

Dishes and utensils need not be removed or washed after fumigation. Structural fumigants are colorless, odorless and will not affect paints, finishes or fabrics. They will not leave a residue on surfaces.

Vines and shrubs connected to the building must be detached, trimmed or removed by the owner leaving at least twelve inches of space to allow the fumigation tarps to go between the shrubs and the building. Gravel, bark and other decorative ground cover should be raked back twelve inches so as to expose the soil. Due to the nature of the work, we cannot be held responsible for trampled or damage plants. The day before fumigation, the soil surrounding the structure(s) (including decks, garages, etc.) must be soaked with water to a depth of at least six inches for at least one-foot outward from the structure. This will require from four to eight hours soaking, depending on soil conditions.

We are required to shut off the natural gas (or Propane) supply going into the house to guard against problems associated with gas leaks and to prevent the fumigant from reacting with hot surfaces. The electric must stay on. It is the occupant’s responsibility to turn the gas back on and re-light the pilot lights unless other arrangements have been made with the fumigator.

Our crew may fumigate several structures in various locations each day. Therefore, the time that any fumigation is scheduled is approximate. Opening after proper exposure to the fumigant is usually 20 hours following the introduction of the fumigant but may be as few as 12 hours depending on dosage. YOU WILL NEED TO BE OUT OF THE PROPERTY FOR AT LEAST TWO NIGHTS. APPROPRIATE NOTICE OF RE-ENTRY WILL BE POSTED WHEN IT IS SAFE TO ACCESS THE STRUCTURE.

It is required that the fumigator has keys to the premises during the course of fumigation. We must have access to all parts of the building, including garages and rooms, which are normally kept, locked. Any vehicle left within the structure which is to be fumigated, must have the trunk open and all windows down.WE MUST HAVE A COMPLETE SET OF KEYS TO THE PROPERTY.

All automatic timing devices (sprinklers, lights, alarms, etc.) must be turned off prior to the fumigation.

The owner or occupant must remove all antennas, weather vanes, chimney stacks, etc. If we have to remove the antenna, there will be an extra charge, we will not re-install it, nor will we be responsible for inadequate function or damage, resulting from removal or re-installation.

Care will be taken to avoid damage to the roof, gutters and chimneys of the building. However, due to the condition of the chimney, the roof and gutters, their age or the type of roof and gutters as well as the nature of the work, some damage to the chimney or the roof or its gutters may be unavoidable.

Solar Systems must be turned off and drained. We cannot accept any responsibility for damage to solar systems.

Fumigation operations may not commence during inclement weather or high wind and may have to re-scheduled.

To avoid possible misunderstandings, our insurance company requests that all valuables, such as jewelry, large amounts of cash and objects of art be removed prior to fumigation. As a safety precaution, the fumigator must have access to all parts of the structure including closets and storerooms which are normally kept locked. Windows will be left open during and following the fumigation. Owner/occupant/agent may post a guard at the property at his/her own discretion and cost.WE WILL NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE DUE TO VANDALISM, THEFT OR OTHER ACTS OF THIRD PARTIES.

Drywood termite galleriesDrywood termites do not need aconnection to soil and there is no soil in their feeding galleries.They do not build mud tunnels; they construct large, irregulargalleries that run across and with the wood grain, with a verysmooth, clean and sandpaper-like appearance. The galleries areconnected by openings small enough for one termite to pass through.The sure sign of drywood termite feeding is their fecal pellets thatare ejected from the galleries via kickout holes, often found rightbelow the damaged wood. These pellets are quite distinctive and arehard, elongate.

Drywood speciesApproximately 400 global species ofdrywood termite species are known, but only a few species areimportant in the United States.

Powderpost or “furniture termites”(Cryptotermes spp.) have small fecal pellets are smaller in size thanother drywood termites. Their feeding in furniture or movable woodenobjects can reduce wood to a fine powder. They can be found inFlorida, Southern Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. the mostwidespread species is the tropical rough-headed powderpost termite(C. brevis), which is easily distributed by human activity such astransporting infested furniture and it has been found as far West asLos Angeles and as far North as Ontario, Canada.

The other main group of drywoodtermites is Incisitermes spp. The most common species in the West isthe western drywood termite (I. minor), which is found in SouthernCalifornia, Arizona, Utah and has become established in Florida. Thisspecies infested both dead sections of living trees and woodenarticles in homes. The western drywood termite swarming period inmidday on warm, sunny days and typically occurs fromSeptember-October. However, in Arizona, swarming occurs at night inJuly.

The southeastern drywood termite (I.snyderi) is found primarily in seven southeastern states, SouthCarolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana andTexas. This species swarms at night, peaking between 8 – 10pm and isattracted to lights. The peak time period for swarming is late Maythrough mid-June.How to control drywood termitesThe most common method of controllingdrywood termites is a localized treatment because in most cases theinfestation are accessible and isolated to wooden articles.

Termidor termiticide/insecticide hasrecently become labeled for drywood termite control. It is effectivebecause it is a no-repellent, so a termite can’t smell, see, or feelit as it forages in a treated area. The termite eats or has contactwith Termidor and the “Transfer Effect” begins whenevery termite it contacts also becomes infected.

The directions for use of Termidor arelisted under the section “Termites above ground,” whichstates:For control of termites, aerialcolonies or drywood termites in localized areas of infested wood instructures, apply a 0.06% (0.8 oz/gallon) or 0.125% (1.6 oz/gallon)solution of Termidor to voids and galleries in damaged wood and inspaces between wooden members of a structure and between wood andfoundations where wood is vulnerable. Application may be made toinaccessible areas by drilling and then injecting the finishedsolution as a liquid or foam application with a crack and creviceinjector into the damage wood or void spaces.

Drywood termite galleries can belocated by probing or sounding the wood. Once located, small holesare drilled (1/4 inch) at about 8-12 inch intervals into the infestedwood and into the hollow galleries. A diamond pattern with drillholes spaced every 6 inches has been effective in trying to locate asmany galleries as possible among the infested wood. It is recommendedthat the treatment area is extended several feet beyond the end of asuspected gallery. If a gallery is not penetrated soon afterdrilling, then plug or mark each drilled hole so Termidor is notinjected there. Once a gallery is penetrated, then inject 4-8 ouncesof 0.06 or 0.125% diluted Termidor into each drilled hole. Eachdrilled hole should be plugged with a wooden dowel, wood putty,plastic wood or other suitable sealant. Drywood termites tend to sealoff any gallery exposed to the outside and plugging the holes willprevent this and allow for maximum exposure to Termidor.

Results of Termidor field and labapplications

Field Trial:Western drywood termite (Incistermesminor) control in individual pieces of wood was determined in 2001 inCalifornia field trials. Naturally infested firewood and structurallumber were obtained and drywood termite activity determined by thepresence of swarming alates in the firewood and positive readingsfrom an acoustic emission detector (AED).

A 0.06% solution of Termidor wasprepared in one gallon (0.8 oz/gal), and 5 pieces of wood were used.A 5/16 inch hole was drilled into each piece of wood and 4 ounces ofthe 0.06% Termidor was injected into the galleries of each piece ofwood using a B&G Aerocan compressed air injector (40-80 psi).Holes were then sealed. Table 1 shows that Termidor effectivelycontrolled western drywood termites after just one day (95% reductionin AED readings) and by 6 days, readings were reduced by 99.2%

Table 1. Mean AED readings and percentreduction in AED reading from 5 pieces of Termidor – treated woodinfested with I. minor.

Table 2 shows that Termidor was not repellent and it effectively controlled southeastern drywood termite nymphs, with mortality ranging from 87% after only 3 days to 100% after 49 days. Termidor provided significantly better control than Tim-bor 15% solution.

Table 2. Mean percent mortality of I. snyderi nymphs in a lab choice bioassay.

Inspecting of swarmsSwarmers that appear within a home after a termiticide treatment do not pose a threat for a new infestation. Homeowners may contact their pest management professional (PMP) to control the swarmers so they’re not nuisance, but in most cases, vacuuming the dead swarmers is all that’s needed. If a swarm occurs before a termiticide treatment, a PMP should perform a thorough inspection of the structure to recommend the best method of control.

Termidor and swarmsTermidor insecticide/termiticide is no-repellent.Termites can’t smell it, see it or feel it. Since they don’t know it’s there, they forage freely in a treated area. Its toxic effect to termites is slow compared to many other termiticides, so no immediate threat is realized by the colony and swarming is not triggered by the Termidor treatment.

Termidor controlTermidor kills termites through ingestion, contact and through “The Transfer Effect.” The active ingredient in Termidor-fipronil-is slow acting and allows the termite to continue its normal routine. But the termite remains active long enough to transfer the termiticide to a large number of other termites in the colony before dying itself. This combination of ingestion, contact and “Transfer Effect” (which is unique and puts Termidor in a category by itself) routinely provides 100% termite control in 3 months or less.

Your Termidor Certified Professional will first talk to you about your home and ask you about any changes, improvements or additions that you have made to your property, inside as well as out. He’ll also ask about water leaks, damage or other situations which may help contribute to a termite infestation.

Next, he’ll conduct a thorough examination of your property. (It’s important you give your permission to thoroughly inspect your property since termites need only a crack the thickness of a sheet of paper to get to get through.) The inspection will take place in five main areas: the exterior, interior, attic, below-ground areas (basement or crawl spaces) and outlying storage and garage areas.

Once the termites have been located and the extent of their activity is determined, the question of why they are present will be addressed.

Often, moisture plays a big part. If a water of plumbing leak is discovered – or it faulty grading, or other problems are suspected – your Termidor Certified Professional will recommend steps to correct them.

Once the inspection is complete, the Termidor application program will begin. Below are typical application procedures completed during a termiticide application. Consult with your Termidor Certified Professional about the specific application procedures for your home. The method of application may vary based on state and local regulations.

Termidor is applied with water. The most effective way of spreading it is through small trenches, dug along the exterior foundation of your home. Any voids that have been discovered during the inspection may also be treated, along with cracks and expansion joints in concrete, partition walls, utility pipe entrances, and exterior wood features like flower boxes.

The entire Termidor application program is typically completed in a day or less. But since there’s no “drying time” and no odor, you’ll likely notice no immediate difference.

Within 3 months, your entire treated area will be 100% termite-free. And with Termidor and regular inspections by your Termidor Certified Professional, it’ll stay that way for many years to come.

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Green Explored: Bloom Energy Ecofraud in Delaware This Year

Posted: December 21, 2017 at 4:41 am

Bloom will soon report to the DE PSC their story for the year June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017

I have a preview of the report that will be pretty close to what Bloom reports

Bloom had to use 9.177 billion banked BTUs during the 12 months as their Boxes become less efficient.

This means Bloom emitted on average 888 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour. From PJM the average in 2016 for base load generation for the GRID we have grid average CO2 per mwh of 992 pounds. This means Bloom is slightly better than the grid average. Bloom lied under penalty of perjury the CO2 emissions would be no more than 773 pounds per mwh.

If one performs the tedious math Bloom saved approximately 11,744 short tons of CO2 over the year. The subsidy Delmarva asked their ratepayers to save these tons was over $35.5 million.

This means that Delmarva ratepayers were taxed at a rate of approximately $3,015 per short ton of CO2. This is approximately $3,334 per metric ton CO2.

In the Moonbeam expensive caliphate of California the Cap and Trade in September 2016 was only $12.91 per metric ton of CO2. In Europe the value of a metric ton of CO2 is less than $6.00

This means Delmarva ratepayers were taxed at a rate 258 times as much as the overly taxed morons like me who live in Caliphornia.

If this does not explain just how corrupt the Delaware Bloomdoggle is, I cannot come up with a more vivid and simple explanation.

The board members of Bloom (copied) and Christopher Crane of Exelon may want to shed light on just how crooked the Bloomdoggle really is.

One should note that Susan Brennanthe lying COO of Bloom claimed in her piece to the local newspaper that the Bloomdoggle would take 120,000 cars off the road. In fact the 11,744 short tons of CO2 saved is like taking only 2,300 cars off the road. The lying COO should be fired just like the lying journalists at CNN

Another interesting point is that for $35.5 million and only 2,300 cars this like giving $15,400 to each motorist each year. Maybe the Delaware Lotto prizes should be handed out to 2,300 lucky motorists.

Bloom won the grand prize in the Delaware Lotto. They will win over $600 million if it is not stopped and they did not even buy a lotto ticket. They just bought all the politicians in the First State. Of course they also had Big Joe in the Whitehouse and baby Beau in Dover helping them.

Happy 4th of July

I still believe in government for, of and by the people with equal justice for all

Lindsay Leveen The Green Machine

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Signs of Termites: How to Detect Termite Evidence

Posted: December 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Signs of Termites

Termites can often live on your property or inside your home for an extended period of time before being detected. Whether its drywood termites, which burrow deep within wooden structures, or subterranean termites, which are primarily found underground, these discreet intruders can be tough to discover before significant damage has already been done. To help keep damage to a minimum, its crucial to catch the warning signs as soon as possible.

Keep an eye out for the following signs of termite activity :

Drywood termites are usually found in warm, southern climates. They housetheir colonies within the wood on which they feed. As the termites consume wood, they burrow mazes of tunnels and chambers within walls and furniture. The pests leave small piles of feces that resemble pelletswhere they have eaten or nested.

Drywood termites also cause sagging floors, walls, and ceilings and may leave behind areas which appear to be water damaged. After winged drywood termites swarm, their wings shed and can be found in small piles throughout an infested home. These wings resemble fish scales.

Subterranean termites are found throughout the continental United States. These pests build their colonies underground and can travelabove groundto access food sources. They enter homes through cracked or unsealed foundations as well as through tunnels constructed from mud, theirfeces, and saliva. These tunnels are brown, dry, and cylindrical in appearance.

The presence of these tunnels near the foundation of your home is a sure sign of subterranean termite infestation. Just like drywood termites, subterranean termites produce winged swarmers which indicate an active termite colony.

Remember, these signs may only become visible after termites have been present for months or even years. The best way to protect your home from devastating structural damage is to have your home inspected by a licensed termite professional every year. These experts are trained to spot even the most inconspicuous signs of termite activity, potentially saving you from thousands of dollars in home repair.

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Termite Control, Pest Control, Bee Removal

Posted: December 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

Its time to get rid of the pests in your home for good!

Adios Pest Control can help you take back control of your property. Enjoy the peace of mind, hygienic home comfort, and confidence that comes with saying goodbye to uninvited critters.Pests can present a range of problems to homeowners from systematically destroying your furniture, to chewing through your homes foundation, and even representing a threat to your friends and family. That’s why you need pest control services that can take care of the problem.

Whether it’s a host of fleas tracked in by your furry family member, a beehive hidden in the corner of your patio, or rats scuttling in your attic, Adios Pest Control has the skills and high-quality tools to provide you with comprehensive pest control services.

Wherever you live, pests can be a serious problem; however, San Diego, specifically, plays host to a variety of issues that require a little extra expertise. San Diego’s high temperatures attract pests such as termites and ants that are able to thrive all year round! Fortunately for you, not the pests, Adios Pest Control is available year-round and 24/7, too.

From managing rodents in winter to banishing bees in spring and summer, we’re always on hand to provide expert removal, preventative control tips, and organic solutions whenever possible.

Ready to get rid of those pesky critters for good? Contact us today, or call us at (866) 955-7378 to find out more about our San Diego pest control services.

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Termite life cycle: what are the stages, when do eggs …

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Termites are widely spread all over the world and can be found everywhere except for Antarctic. They are believed to be silent damagers, as usually it may be hard to see how much they are destroying your property.

Termites create colonies; their size usually varies: the number of termites may be from a couple of hundreds to millions.

Every colony consists of several types of termites: eggs, larvae, nymphs, workers and soldiers, reproductives, swarmers and king and queen.

The most important part of termites copulation is laying eggs. Every year during the same period new swarmers fly out of their nests. Termites mating season differs and may be from December to February, from January to April and from February to May. Some choose warm days just after rains, some prefer nights.

Termite reproduction cycle starts from eggs. At the beginning the queen lays 10-20 eggs, but their number rises slowly and reaches thousands of eggs per day. Eggs are very small, but can be seen with naked eyes. They are of white color, but you will never find them in visible areas as they are located in protected areas of nests. From eggs larvae appear.

They are small, almost of the same size as eggs and white. Unlike usual larvae termites ones are not swarm-like, incapable of moving and helpless. Usually larvae are small termite-like creatures which are able to move and have soft skin. Termites are very slow in growth. Larvae will appear only 30-60 days after (depending on a temperature).

Unlike the majority of insects termites miss the stage of case-worm. Nymphs change into larvae. Unlike larvae nymphs are bigger in size and have 4 wing pads. After several sheddings a nymph will become a grown up termite.

Usually nymphs shed their skin 3-4 times. After the first shedding a nymph becomes worker. After some time some insects continue shedding and turn to soldiers.

It takes several months for nymphs to change. The growth depends on food, temperature and how populated the nest is.

Notice! Sometimes the number of nymphs stages may differ.

For example, Mastotermes darwiniensis (the most primitive termite) has 5 nymphs stages and one soldier stage; it is also of the darker color. But this is not final stage: a soldier may have one more shedding and turn to a nymph with wing pads. After three nymphs stages it will become a grown-up swarmer.

We decided to show you some photos. In them you can see all stages of life cycle of termites. The queen and king start reproduction:

The queen lays a lot of eggs:

Then from eggs appear larvae:

Larvaes transfrom to various kinds of termites, for example, workers:


And winged termites who are ready to build a new nest:

It is a life cycle of a termite.

Workers have no wings and also have several evolution stages. The length of their body is from 2 to 15 millimeters long.

Not all termites have workers (dampwood termites, for example). Here workers functions are performed by pseudergates. Basically pseudergate is an elder nymph. Immature termite can act as a worker for quite a long time without changing its appearance. Under certain circumstances pseudergate can become a soldier or reproductive termite.

Termites workers (except for Termitidae) are not too different from nymphs. Unlike lower caste their skin is harder and has light pigments; they are more active and mobile as well. Workers grow slowly, step by step without any changes in wing pads. Shedding makes it possible to grow and develop further, though these processes not always find place. Sometimes shedding means that the number of development stages may varies.

Workers perform different functions: building and repairing of nest, collecting and keeping the food. Only workers are able to digest cellulose, thats why they feed the whole colony.

The main termites enemies are ants. Thats why all termites have soldiers (except for Anoplotermes). They have no wings, are usually blind and have big head with mandibles (insect mouthpart). Soldiers aim is to protect the nest, but the way they are doing it is different (depending on termite type). For example, mandibles can be replaced with a kind of a cone on the head which contains poison (conehead termites).

Soldiers grow up from larvae, pseudergates, younger workers and even nymphs (after 2 sheddings). After the first shedding white soldier appears (pro-soldier); and after the second shedding it turns to a soldier. Usually the first soldier appears after a year, the second after two years after nest foundation. Soldiers make 5-15% of all termites in the nest: everything depends on termites type and external conditions.

Notice! Workers and soldiers do not perform any reproductive functions. Moreover, they are sterile.

Scientists believe that termites divergence of male and female species appears very early: most probably at the stage of eggs. Moreover, the number of larvaes stages is lower and the number of nymphs stages is higher. There is another opinion that soldiers appear from nymphs of specific genders (not in a random way); workers can grow from both male and female nymphs; and termites of different genders and growth stages are also different in size.

Usual termites swarmers have two pairs of wings which are almost the same in size. There are two types of swarmers: winged reproductive males (kings) and females (queens).

Comparing with other castes of termites, swarmers are bigger in size. Reproductives can be primary and secondary. Primary reproductives are those which perform king and queen functions in the nest (they can live up to 10 years and even more). Secondary swarmers are not mature enough for copulation process but they live to replace primaries if something happens.

Not all termites have secondary reproductives. Termitidae, for example has no species without (or almost without) wings which can be replaced by reproductives. Most probably they became extinct during evolution.

Termites mating period is ending with making a couple: they have their copulation after, in the nest. Their flying distance may be different: from one to hundreds of meters. Generally, male swarmer connects with his female partner; after that they land on the ground, shed their wings and start looking for a place for their nest.

Future queen and king need to dig a hole (it can be also called a channel). The major work is done by queen; male swarmer protects her from the others which couldnt make a couple. After finishing channel they close it using soil; and start copulation inside. After a couple of days female swarmer lays eggs. The pair uses all internal reserves, as it cant go out and start looking for a food.

While being pregnant queens body gets 10 times bigger (eggs take of her body), which makes her unable to move. If it is needed, large quantities of workers unite to move her. New winged termites will appear only after 2-3 years, when the nest becomes highly populated.

The king is just a little bit bigger than workers (8-10 times smaller than queen). His aim is copulation with queen during his whole life.

Swarmers stay underground or within wood all the time the nest exists. One colony can survive for ten years producing thousands of termites.

Some female swarmers do not fly though they have wings. They climb up the grass and try to attract male swarmer with their appearance and wings noise.

Some termites build their royal cell in the wood: as while eating it they can produce special secretion which their nymphs will eat.

All new reproductives (that appear in the nest) have wings; their goal is new colonies creation. When mating season comes, they fly out of the nest and start looking for a partner. New reproductives appear only when pseudergate number reaches 30-50, the queen and the king can rely on colony and stop feeding themselves. A couple of years after the colony can raise new swarmers. In tropical forests termites grow faster.

There are not too many facts on termites lifetime. This can be explained by failed attempts to mark termites: all marks are quickly scrubbed by congeners. If it is not possible to get rid of the mark, termite is being eaten. As it was said earlier, termite mother lifetime usually reaches 10 years and more.

Attention! In ideal conditions the colony can live up to 50 years.

After reaching the end of its lifetime the colony dies and termite nest ruins. Taking into account all the external factors and threats, it can be said that termites are excellent survivors.

Termites lifestyle run in a strict way and the existing hierarchy is never being broken. The king and the queen are at the highest level, and then soldiers and workers go. During nest lifetime many workers and soldiers die, but due to queens fertility the number of termites in the nest refills very quickly. A huge long living colony is the result of one pair of king and queen copulation.

Of course if you find termites attack, it would be better to call professional company which has an experience in pest control area.

You should realize that in order to have no problems with termites or their future appearance you have to get a professional advice. If you are sure that you can do it yourself, there are some methods on termite treatment.

Remember that instead of fighting termites tomorrow it is much better to do some preventive measures today.

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Pest Control Pest Management and Termite Inspection …

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What Are Termites?

Posted: December 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

What is a termite? A termite is best described as a wood destroying insect. They are sometimes are mistakenly referred to as white ants, but they are far from it. There are three different types of termites which are damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Damp wood termites generally tend to live in areas that are heavily forested, where as dry wood termites live in really dry wood and are much more rare in the United States. Subterranean are the most destructive of termites and they require a moist environment and are usually found living in the soil. Termites do an estimated five billion dollars in damage each year, but termites can be controlled.

Termites usually come out in early spring and can sometimes be seen as a swarm of what looks like flying ants. If you think your home may have become victim to a nest of termites here are some tell tale signs of an infestation. Soft wood is a good indication that you may have a termite problem. Another indication of a termite infestation is the presence of mud tubes around the exterior or interior of your house, most likely near the foundation. Dark or blistered wood structures may also be an indication of a termite problem. If you have any of these tell tale signs, you may want to call an exterminator to come check things out.

If you do have a termite problem you should not try to fix it on your own. Most of the time home owners cannot get rid of termites without professional help. Pest control teams have the proper chemicals and equipment to destroy termite infestations as safely as possible. They can also ensure that the problem truly is gone and all the termites are dead.

You can, however, take certain steps to help prevent the infestation of termites in your own home. The most important thing you need to do is remove the good conditions that termites love to find themselves living. The subterranean termites love moisture so try and avoid moisture build up around your home. Make sure all outside faucets are shut off tightly and are not dripping. If you can prevent the dripping then you can prevent the moisture build up that termites love. You can also prevent termites by making sure that your rain run off is properly sealed. If the gutter is uncluttered it will divert the water to the ground below where you should have a cement spot for the water to stay while it evaporates. This will also prevent the moisture that can gather near the foundation of your house.

If you own an older home make sure that any wood near the foundation of your home is replaced. There may have been previous infestations before you moved in and if you have the most updated equipment the less likely termites are to come find it. Another way to prevent termites is to have all tree stubs removed and make sure your bushes and any shrubbery is a good few feet away from your house.

Termites may seem like a big scary thing to deal with, but really they are not. If you can prevent them before they come then great, if not then get someone out as soon as you see some of the warning signs.

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Top Three Termite Treatment Methods – HomeTeam Pest Defense

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Termites can cause irreparable damage to homes and can affect the integrity and structure of your house. If you discover termites or suspect you have termites, its important to contact a professional pest control company immediately. A professional pest control company will be able to assess the situation, and recommend and administer the appropriate termite treatment. There are three standard methods of treatment for termites:

1. Soil Treatment: Since subterranean termites live in the soil, termite treatments are used on the surrounding soil to act as a treatment barrier. First, a trench is dug around the foundation, and the soil is treated with a termiticide. The trench is then refilled. This type of treatment helps prevent future termite infestations, and kills any termites in the house as they to return to the soil to nest.

2. Wood Treatment: Pest control professionals can use a variety of different wood treatments to help kill any existing termite colonies and prevent future ones from spouting up. Wood treatments include surface sprays, injected sprays and foams, and Borate treated wood. Pest control professionals use borate wood treatments to prevent termite infestations and eliminate any existing termites in homes. Wood treatments include surface applications during the construction phase of home building and wood injections and foams after a home is built.

3. Bait Systems: Bait termite treatment systems are an effective way of destroying termite colonies. A pest control professional will install bait stations around the perimeter of the home and monitor the stations on a set frequency ensuring a home is protected from future and any current infestations. This termite infestation treatment effectively eliminates termites.

These are just a few ways of effectively protecting your home from termites and preventing further damage to your homes structure. For more information on the different types of termite treatments, or if you think you may have a termite problem, contact HomeTeam Pest Defense today to schedule an assessment of your home.

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