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South Florida's warm winter plus recent rain equals early termites

Posted: March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

South Florida is paying a small price for the nice warm winter, and that’s an unusually early appearance of termites.

Some homeowners have noticed clouds of what look like flying ants swarming in their homes and yards, as the wood-chomping bugs initiate their annual search for new places to colonize, experts said.

Chief among the early arrivals is a relative newcomer, an Asian variety of subterranean termite that immigrated here aboard boats and has taken hold in some waterfront pockets of South Florida.

“They are big eaters,” said Rudolf Scheffrahn, a termite expert and entomology professor at the University of Florida research center in Davie. “The warm weather and the humidity from the recent rains tells them it’s time to come out.”

Scheffrahn said exterminators brought him the first samples of the year from Palm Beach County on Feb. 20, about three weeks earlier than usual.

Also, the bugs have been found in Plantation along the New River west of Florida’s Turnpike, several miles farther west than they previously were seen, Scheffrahn said.

They’re not the only bugs out early this year. Some exterminators said they have seen signs of ground-dwelling Formosan termites and more-common drywood termites, as well as several types of so-called white flies and some breeds of ants.

But the new kid on the block is Asian termites, related to but different than the Formosan breed that has been here for decades.

The Asian bugs have arisen most heavily in neighborhoods with canal and river access for boats, especially Hallandale Beach, eastern Fort Lauderdale , a few spots in southern Palm Beach County and near the Port of Palm Beach. They make nests in the ground and infiltrate into buildings, experts said.

They only need an opening of 1/32 inch to get past a home’s concrete block, then head for the attic, said Greg Rice, a spokesman for Hulett Environmental Services in West Palm Beach.

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South Florida's warm winter, rain means early termites

Posted: at 12:04 pm

South Florida is paying a small price for the nice warm winter, and that’s an unusually early appearance of termites.

Some homeowners have noticed clouds of what look like flying ants swarming in their homes and yards, as the wood-chomping bugs initiate their annual search for new places to colonize, experts said.

Chief among the early arrivals is a relative newcomer, an Asian variety of subterranean termite that immigrated here aboard boats and has taken hold in some waterfront pockets of South Florida.

“They are big eaters,” said Rudolf Scheffrahn, a termite expert and entomology professor at the University of Florida research center in Davie. “The warm weather and the humidity from the recent rains tells them it’s time to come out.”

Scheffrahn said exterminators brought him the first samples of the year from Palm Beach County on Feb. 20, about three weeks earlier than usual.

Also, the bugs have been found in Plantation along the New River west of Florida’s Turnpike, several miles farther west than they previously were seen, Scheffrahn said.

They’re not the only bugs out early this year. Some exterminators said they have seen signs of ground-dwelling Formosan termites and more-common drywood termites, as well as several types of so-called white flies and some breeds of ants.

But the new kid on the block is Asian termites, related to but different than the Formosan breed that has been here for decades.

The Asian bugs have arisen most heavily in neighborhoods with canal and river access for boats, especially Hallandale Beach, eastern Fort Lauderdale , a few spots in southern Palm Beach County and near the Port of Palm Beach. They make nests in the ground and infiltrate into buildings, experts said.

They only need an opening of 1/32 inch to get past a home’s concrete block, then head for the attic, said Greg Rice, a spokesman for Hulett Environmental Services in West Palm Beach.

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Warm Weather Helping Insects Make Early Spring Appearance

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

Spring has sprung early, bringing warm temperatures to the Stateline that residents are already out enjoying. The heated forecast isn’t all good news however. The unusual conditions are bringing out some unwelcome pests well ahead of schedule.

“Carpenter ants have already started to move around and there’s already been reports of termite activity in homes which is about 6 to 7 weeks early. So their colonies are only going to increase, says owner of Rock River Pest Control, Brandon Wallace.

Ants, termites and bees. Three things homeowners don’t want to see attacking their homes are out making their presence known. Thanks to no heavy frosts this winter, many of those insects didn’t die off. While the pests may be getting an early start, simple landscaping tips can help keep your house from becoming a bug breeding ground.

“Homeowners don’t want any wood, they want all wood on their foundations to be one inch above the soil at a minimum. No branches touching the house, no shrubs, no leaf litter and mulch 15 inches away from the house, says Wallace.

Gutter cleaning is also vital in the fight against pests. Always make sure your gutters are free of any blockages and allow your downspouts to flow three feet away from your home. By keeping the soil dry near the foundation, it decreases the chance that termites and other insects will be attracted to your home.

With temperatures in the 70s on the horizon and summer yet to come, exterminators say the insect war will only get tougher, making for what could be a very pest filled season.

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A bugged life: Warm winter could mean more insects

Posted: at 1:32 am

This eerily warm winter might soon get creepy.

Awakened from hibernation underground, in rotting wood and the cracks of your house, bugs are on the rise. Ants, termites, mosquitoes, ladybugs and ticks are up early and looking for breakfast.

(Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST) – A honeybee cleans its legs atop of a hive in Maryland in November.

Orkin, the pest control company, recently said its agents nationwide are reporting a 30percent increase in calls to treat ant infestations compared with this time last year. Termite swarms do not normally show up until the end of March, but Orkin received 85 termite-control calls in February.

An Orkin branch in Montgomery County, which serves the District, has already responded to mosquito sightings this year. And the National Pest Management Association, based in Fairfax, issued an early warning of ticks, possibly carrying Lyme disease, lurking in back yards.

County agricultural extension agents across the country are sending out bug alerts to farmers.

These things are coldblooded, said Mike Raupp, a professor of entomology at the University of Maryland. Whenever we have a warm winter, theyre going to be out earlier. How do you stop them? You pray for cold weather.

A mild winter is not great for all bugs, including some highly beneficial insects. Some were up and about when they should have been idle and hibernating, burning less energy, experts say. When this happens, they gobble the food they stored for the winter and emerge into a world where food is scarce. Many starve.

Honeybees are a perfect example. Beekeepers say the insect was probably more active this winter, one of the warmest on record . Several beekeepers said they put sugar water or water mixed with syrup near their hives, worried that queens became active in warm weather and started pumping out thousands of eggs a day.

The situation is more dire because, in much of the country, there was little snow and rain this winter. That means spring flowers may not produce the quantities of nectar needed to feed the workers and the young, and colonies will be more dependent on depleted stores of honey, pollen and water.

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How to identify carpenter and termites – Video

Posted: March 8, 2012 at 3:51 am


07-03-2012 12:16 This video explains how to determine if you have winged carpenter ants or termites and how to get rid of carpenter ants. It also shows the best products to use to get rid of ants. Contact a pest control company to confirm that you have carpenter ants instead of termites. The Pest Shop in Plano, TX offers a free insect identification service. Contact them at http://www.pestshop.com or 972-519-0355.

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Rat Busters NYC – Dealing with Termites – Video

Posted: March 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm


21-10-2011 09:04 Check out animal.discovery.com | NYC is not only overrun with rats and bedbugs, but termites as well.

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Wolf spider’s termite hunt goes wrong – Video

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01-11-2011 02:41 http://www.earth-touch.com Danger takes the form of a wolf spider in our latest HD video! Engrossed in their frenetic housekeeping, harvester termites become easy prey for the hungry spider — until the animal finds itself in a bit of a ‘tight spot’.

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Flexible Flav Vs Termites Crew – Video

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Perimeter Barrier Treatment examples – Video

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22-12-2011 05:50 Termite Treatments often involve Drilling concrete paths to inject termiticides into the soil underneath, or lifting pavers and trenching the soil to break the termite pathways into buildings. This short video is self explanatory.

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Birds attack a termite swarm – Video

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31-01-2012 03:38 http://www.earth-touch.com Animals of all shapes and sizes gather for a termite feeding frenzy in this HD video. Birds snatch the termites in mid-air — and even a few curious lions barge in to investigate the winged wildlife spectacle.

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