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Posted: December 20, 2021 at 2:03 am

Arjun, a Std IX student in a government school in Tiruvallur near Chennai, is excited about a new subject he is learning in class. Over the past few months, Deepika, a third-year student of engineering, is working on a project to redesign urban sewage management systems that are based on how nature manages waste. Both are learning biomimicry Arjun in Tamil, his native language, and Deepika in English, through learning modules developed by Biomimicry Compass, a start-up from IIT Madras.

Biomimicry is a practice that learns from and imitates natures strategies to address human challenges. For example, the nose cone of the bullet train mimics a kingfishers beak to cut down the noise generated when exiting tunnels. The Eastgate Centre building in Harare, Zimbabwe, has an internal climate control system modelled on the structure of termite mounds.

Nature offers 3.8 billion years worth of well-adapted, resilient solutions for use in fields ranging from engineering to design, human resources, leadership, and medicine.

Biomimicry has the power to completely reinvent our products, processes, and solutions.

Whats more, all of natures solutions are sustainable and eco-friendly. In direct contrast to our energy-intensive production methods that heat, beat and treat, natures processes are safe and non-toxic, utilising freely available energy and local materials.

Take the humble Namib Desert beetle as an example. To survive in the harsh, dry conditions of southwestern Africa, this insect harvests water from thin air. It leans its body into the wind, letting droplets of fog accumulate on its wing and drip down to its mouth. Lessons that can help provide clean water to communities living in water-stressed areas.

Biomimicry Compass aims to create a billion biomimics. The company is taking biomimicry to schools and universities to equip students with a new toolkit to solve environmental, economic, and social challenges.

It is making biomimicry learning available in regional languages. The curriculum includes design principles of nature, understanding how nature innovates, as well as thinking and ideation tools. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are integrated in the curriculum to help students, researchers, and young entrepreneurs understand the social and environmental challenges the world is grappling with. It offers an interdisciplinary perspective on science, engineering, design and environmental literacy.

Students are the leaders of tomorrow. Arjun and Deepika, in 20 years time, will be leaders and decision makers. Biomimicry Compass hopes that, when faced with choices in their professional or personal lives, they will not adopt quick-fix, short-term solutions that could harm the environment or threaten the survival of our planet.

Instead, they will choose biomimetic solutions that promote economic growth, social equity, and environmental stewardship.

The writers are co-founders of Biomimicry Compass

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How an Iowa City man built a library inside a tree to spark a love of reading in children – Iowa City Press-Citizen

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Once upon a time, there was an 87-foot tall white pine tree that stood between two houses on Ronalds Street in Iowa City.

That tree, which already leaned a bit towardthe home of Joe and Julia Hennager, became a concern during the derecho in August 2020.

For safety, it was decided the tree would have to go.

But not all of it.

A 16-foot version remained.

Joe Hennager had a vision for his new mini-tree. And that's where this story begins.

From Hennager's imagination has sprung the Iowa City Reading Tree. Its a mini-lending library, registered as a Little Free Library, built into the tree. Books reston shelves enclosed behind glass, available for anyone to access, but designed specifically toencourage children to read.

All you have to do is walk up the steps off the sidewalk at 312 Ronalds St. or let the Hennagers know in advance to take you through the back if you have accessibility needs and let the reading tree speak to you.

The tree is meant to create a sense of community. Next year, authors may read their books or local musicians by perform their songson the deck surrounding it.

But the true story of the reading tree, as written by Hennager, is how the happy tree turned sad when it was damaged by the derecho.

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It goes like this:

When elves heard about the sad tree, they decided to protect it by building a roof for it. The elves ended up liking the tree so much that they decided to move inside.When the elves becamebusy with other projects, they hired some local dogs to help build their home instead.

The elves, now moved in, want to share their love of reading and their many books.

Sothose who stop by the reading tree may get to speak to the elves. Theywill certainly get a book.

When the derecho hit, the Hennagers were concerned that the large treewould fall and crash into their home.

With their neighbors permission, the bulk of the tree was removed.As a thank you, Hennager wanted to build something to memorialize the tree.

I think the image that I saw in my mind when the tree was left 16-feet-tall was exactly what's out there, he said.

Though he received suggestions from friends and neighbors, Hennager said he wanted the tree to be functional, to be beneficial to the community, something people could use.

Hennager has spent more than a year building the tree.

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He completed the carvings on the rafter tips.Then, scaffolding was put up andremained out all lastwinter. When there wasnt snow, Hennager was up carving on the tree and setting the rafters into it.

Carving was made difficult, with the height, the cold temperatures and the moisture of the pine sap factoring in.

There were just challenges all along trying to figure out the engineering and making sure that it was going to be extremely stable and over-engineered rather than under-engineered, Hennager said.

The Iowa City Reading Tree needed to be safe, and it needed to last. Hennager used treated wood so that bugs wont destroy the tree. Hetreated it with a lacquer for further protection.

Then he installed the roofs and the cabinetry.

Hennager tried to work on the tree daily, anywhere from a few hours to 14. When there was rain, wind or snow, Hennager could moveinside to perfect some detail of the tree.

What mattered was that I could get it get it done, he said. And it was an artwork. It wasn't building a building. It was a sculpture, and so it changed (the) motivation completely. I knew what it had to look like, and that's what it came out.

There was plenty of help from the community, from getting materials, help constructing the concrete deck and more.

Electrician Jason Troendle, who lives in the Coralville area, got involved with the reading tree when Hennager called the company he works for, Price Electric, to do some work at his house.

As someone who has been in the trade for about 20 years, Troendle has come across plenty of material. Sowhen Hennager needed electrical work done for the reading tree, Troendle offered to supply his material and labor at no cost.

He did it, he said, because he likedHennagers ideato promote reading for children.

I'm always reading books with my daughter, Troendlesaid. Shes 5, so we're always reading stories, books and stuff. And getting children involved in reading and sparking the creativity in their imagination ... is kind of the big thing (in)why I just donated my time, and I wasn't afraid to do it.

Hennager has a background in art, and the reading tree would be his first sculpture.

He knew that for a project like this, it had to be functional and safe, but it also had to have an aesthetic, something that children would be drawn to, not frightened by.

The carvings of animals on the rafter tips are not only visually pleasing, they are meant to start conversations for children.

When you ring the doorbell at the reading tree, an "elf" will be there to greet you. The technologyallows the elves to talk through its speaker, and its camera will notify Hennager if someone is there.

For this to work, people will need to make an appointment so that the elves will already know about the child when they visit the tree.

We want them to think of it as a place that was comfortable enough for the elves to move into, and so it's a comfortable place for me to visit, Hennager said.

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The idea behind that, Hennager said, is inspired by the Disney World trip he went on as a child.Mickey and Minnie Mouse would come up to him and his siblings and know their names and while it was less magic and more coordination on his parents end, a child wouldnt know the difference.

Sowhen the tree asks children what they like to read, any I dont knows can be solved with another question.

Do you like animals?

All kids like animals, and so they'll pick an animal and it just gives them something to define, Hennager said. They don't know what they want to read about. Very few children know what they want to read. They know what they have read and maybe they enjoyed a book on bunny rabbits or something like that, so that's what they'll say. And so, we just want them to be there as a reminder and make it easy.

The design of the tree isnt complete.

It will be a literal reading tree, with its wood face to be adorned with bicycle rim glasses and a 4-by-4-foot book Hennager will construct across its lap. Light will cast up on its face, and the tree will look like its always reading.

Hennager estimates that ongoing maintenance and care costs termites and bug control, for one will run $800 to $1,000 annually.

If authors do readings at the tree for students, Hennager wants to be able to provide a copy of the book for each student. The cost of that will add up quickly if it's multiple classes across multiple schools.

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Hennager wantsto add benches to the deck sopeople can sit. Hes alsolooking for people who have birdhouses to add to the tree, along with fairy garden houses to adorn the surrounding landscape.

That is why the reading tree has a GoFundMeto assist with the costs of the project, and what's next.

Plus, the reading tree will need books.

Dont throw your books away. Don't throw your puzzles away, Hennager said. We're recycling books and jigsaw puzzles, CDs.

Books for peopleofall ages are welcomed, but the reading tree can especially benefit from more middle grade and young adult books. People are welcometo drop off their donations atHennagers home.

Already, many neighbors and friends have contributed books and other assistance towardthe tree, according to Hennager.

But, as any bookworm would tell you, you can never have too many books.

The reading tree has already had a handful of visitors a day stop by, according to Hennager.

He wants the reading tree to be something that residents enjoyat their leisure,perhaps while they are walking their dogs. The reading tree will have dog treats another cost for people that stop by with their four-legged friends.

If the dog is happy to stay at the reading tree, then perhaps the owner will be, too, Hennager reasons.

I want them to be able to grab a book and sit down for five minutes, one minute, whatever, and just read any book, just grab any book out of there and just read and turn off your phone, he said.

Beyond that, Hennager is hoping to have some local readings by authors on the trees stage, as well as have musicians perform. He said he has heard a handful of people express interest in wanting to do readings at the tree, perform there and even stage a possible poetry slam.

People can pull up a seator sit on the front lawn to enjoy.

Hennager also sees the tree as a way to connect with elementary schools in Iowa City.

Julie Robinson, principal at Horace Mann Elementary, received an email from Hennager about the Iowa City Reading Tree, inviting her to check it out.

So she did, and he informed her about his intent for the tree to be available to schoolchildren.

The two brainstormed, and they thought it would be great for elementary students who are writers to read their works to younger classes at the tree, Robinson said.

Robinson also said that the school bands could have their concerts at the tree.

One of the things Robinson said she loves about Horace Mann is its location on the north side of Iowa Cityand near downtown.

I love any opportunities that we can give our kids to connect with and be a part of the neighborhood, she said. Sothe opportunity to have something like this thats a 10-minute walk away makes it really exciting.

In order to begin facilitating some events, Hennager will set up an email blast. At the tree is a cabinet people can open, where there will be a booklet to sign their name for those updates as well as a QR code to scan to visit the reading trees website.

Regardless of what the future brings,the tree can have its own happily-ever-after where its at now.

It could just survive nicely by having an occasional person stop by it, walk by my camera," Hennager said.

"That's all I need.

Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Reach her at PBarraza@press-citizen.com or (319) 519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

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Repossession of Apartments owned by Singaporeans in Batam – The Independent

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Dear Editor,

I would like to take an opportunity to make you aware of a situation currently taking place in Batam on the Indah Puri resort, where many Singaporeans and other foreigners own holiday apartments.

These apartments are now being repossessed illegally by a mafia-type company from Medan who has cut electricity and water and removing the roofs of apartment blocks whilst people are still in residence.

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Below is a letter sent some time ago to the media detailing the history of events at the Indah Puri resort. Since this letter, events have escalated to the current tragic situation. The company in question are also paying the police and army to employ strong-arm tactics.

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The importance of this for Singaporeans is that once the borders open again, Singaporeans are the target market for thousands of newly built apartments in Batam currently sitting empty. If the situation at Indah Puri is allowed to proceed, then the same fate potentially awaits unsuspecting buyers of holiday apartments in Batam.

A search on Social media for Indah Puri has several viral videos. You can also find more videos and discussions on the Facebook group Expat Living in Batam

Thanks in anticipation of your attention.

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Background

In the early 1990s the Indah Puri resort in Batam was constructed and opened in 1993. Many people invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in apartments on a resort boasting a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and a gymnasium. They were also promised that a marina would be constructed. A majority of Singaporeans as well as many locals and ex-pats working in Batam chose to invest and take advantage of owning a resort property. Apartments were bought with a promise that the 25-year lease would be extended when it expired in 2018 without issue.

The marina never appeared, and the resort slowly fell into a poor state of repair. The gym equipment was never replaced when it failed, the pool area became increasingly dated with dirty poorly maintained seating and sunbeds, the changing area looked more like a poorly maintained public toilet.

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The apartment blocks were not spared from this deterioration, with handrails on the staircase falling off, wooden balconies slowly withered away from the infestation of termites (for which the resort billed residents for treatment), practically every roof leaked, and the general condition of the paintwork shoddy.

In June 2018 the extent of the termite infestation became clear when part of one of the roofs completely collapsed (video available). The resort despite having responsibility for the roof area made no attempt to make any repairs, leaving the residents below vulnerable to flooding. Signs were erected stating the whole apartment area was unsafe (image included).

An increasing number of owners lost faith in Indah Purti and stopped visiting for weekends and holidays, many refused to pay for the poor maintenance and as the occupancy decreased. The resort passed on the costs to the remaining residents, causing maintenance bills to soar to exorbitant levels compared to other similar locations in Batam.

2018 saw the end of the lease and the parent company PT Guthrie passed on control to PT Capital Graha Indonesia based in Medan.

From September 2018 all maintenance stopped in the apartment area. The swimming pool, gymnasium, and tennis courts were closed. The grass was not cut, the stairs and common access areas not cleaned, the weekly fogging anti-mosquito fogging programme was also stopped.

At the same time, residents stopped receiving bills for water and electricity & maintenance, which of course was not being carried out. The assumption was that all would resume once the transition to the new company and lease renewal was complete. However, it appears that there was a more sinister reason behind doing this.

In August the following year, residents were given just 3 days notice to attend a meeting regarding the lease renewal. At this meeting they were told that the new company intended to redevelop the resort and to facilitate this, all residents were to be evicted from their homes and placed in different apartments to facilitate the redevelopment. The cost, 12 million rupiahs per square meter, which for most apartments would be well in excess of $100,000!

Based on the normal lease renewal cost in Batam for that area (around $5 per square meter) residents were expecting to only pay around $4000, indeed this was what buyers were told when they questioned the lease renewal before purchasing.

Owners were also told at this meeting that billing for maintenance and utilities would recommence with immediate effect. Not only that, but the bill for maintenance for the previous year would be exactly the same. This, despite the pool, gym, and tennis courts closed, the grass not being cut, no cleaning service and no mosquito fogging.

Residents of course challenged this, stating they were being billed for the services they had not received. However, Indah Puri remained intransigent insisting that the full maintenance be paid.

Some residents paid only for the water and electricity, others made a goodwill partial contribution, but many refused to pay for services they had not received stating they were happy to pay for trash collection and security which had been provided for the previous year and would wait for a corrected bill.

Irrespective of whether partial or no payment was made, residents then received a letter threatening to isolate water and electricity even if those utilities had been paid. They were also informed that further steps would eventually result in residents being refused entry to the resort and their homes. A subsequent letter has now confirmed this, and residents now dont know if they leave the resort if they will be allowed back to their homes.

The assumption now is that the decision to stop maintenance and billing was a deliberate ploy to evict residents knowing that they would refuse to pay for services that had not been provided, thereby allowing the parent company to seize properties for themselves free of charge.

Many residents have already cleared their apartments of furniture, fixtures fittings. Even air condition units have been removed in an attempt to salvage what little they can. However, it must be remembered when all said and done they have lost their home.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of The Independent Singapore. /TISG

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Leah Jing McIntosh Small-press gems – The Saturday Paper

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Small press is often overlooked in this country. It seems an odd oversight, particularly in a place so enamoured with the Western literary canon; I am thinking here of Hogarth Press, founded in 1917 by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, publishing works by writers such as T.S. Eliot, Auden, Katherine Mansfield, translations of Freud and Dostoyevsky, as well as the Woolfs own novels. The press operated out of the Woolfs drawing room, Virginia becoming frustrated when she mixed up the h and the n blocks, ink spreading unevenly. This is all to say: small press is a labour of love, underpinned by a beautiful, unwavering belief. To continue somewhat thankless work during a global pandemic is no mean feat.

Speaking of Eliot (You cannot say, or guess, for you know only/ A heap of broken images, where the sun beats), the past two years have found me seeking more fragmented forms essays, comics, poems. Aside from this escape into the shorter form, other threads run right through. Tracing themes of care, of love, of longing, of land, the following writers examine the past, envisioning different or better worlds, all the while acknowledging work to be done. Tom Melicks introduction to Homework by Snack Syndicate (Discipline, 302pp, $18) is a good reminder of how intertwined reading and writing and love and labour can be: I met Snack Syndicate before they were Snack Syndicate. I happened to be there when they fell in love. It was a big fall. It rearranged their lives. It was hard not to notice. The sort of love that is as unmissable and open and deep as the ocean.

Andrew Brooks and Astrid Lorange bring this love to their collection of short essays written from 2016-2021. Often in conversation with theorists such as Fred Moten, Saidiya Hartman and Frantz Fanon, Brooks and Lorange continually return, in shifting ways, to the violent processes of settlement and the crucial but difficult work of unsettling history. Examining violences, the prose is beautiful, often striated with Motens sensibility in particular (The Undercommons is a cornerstone). One of my friends loved it so much he bought five copies, just to give away.

Second City (Sydney Review of Books, 160pp, $26.95), edited by Luke Carman and Catriona Menzies-Pike, contains 14 essays by writers from Western Sydney. Pieces by Eda Gunaydin, Martyn Reyes and Sheila Ngc Phm are exemplary. May Ngo carves close to the bone: The demonisation of non-white migrants ensures that the idea of a white Australia remains unchallenged and works to preserve a white centre; one that claims the authority to police marginalised others and determines who belongs and who doesnt. But the authority of the white settlers themselves is illegitimate, standing as it does on a refusal to recognise the legitimate sovereignty of First Nations.

Thinking through who holds legitimate sovereignty of this place, Black Wattle (Incendium Radical Library, 100pp, $20) by this mob is a generous and beautiful offering. An arts collective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives, they have created an intimate collection of notes, poems, a recipe, drawings, photographs and screenshots. In the midst of lockdown, Neika Lehman writes, ... you get the feeling isolation makes cities dysfunctional. Were we or were we not supposed to be walking and talking over the top of each other, just as it was? Is there a different way for a city to be? A gentle yet provocative assemblage, hand-bound and on thick stock, Black Wattle feels special to hold.

I wish every person born into the privilege of citizenship in this country would read Safdar Ahmeds Still Alive (Twelve Panels Press, 240pp, $30). Documenting the dehumanising treatment of refugees in Australias system of mandatory and indefinite detention, Ahmed ends on a weary yet hopeful note: Our political system is a moral cesspool. But disconnecting is a luxury we cant afford. He continues: Its about doing what you can, with what you have. Which is sometimes as simple as it sounds. Emma Do and Kim Lam did just this, combining their talents in journalism and illustration to self-publish Working from Home (may nh) (Self-published, 62pp, $20). An illustrated collection of interviews with Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, Working from Home is an elegant rendering of the racism, precarity and abuse of workers rights woven into the Australian fashion industry.

To end with some poems, a form suited to months of fracture and pause Lucy Vans The Open (Cordite Books, 70pp, $20) is calm, often achingly intimate, and brims with slippages and near-misses: Driving home the sun was still setting and it was so big and round and utterly crazy over the mountains of rocks and termite mounds and just as I tried to take its photo it was suddenly gone. Bella Lis Theory of Colours (Vagabond Press, 176pp, $35) is exquisite and uncompromising, filled with collage both visual and textual. The title (a reference to Goethes Zur Farbenlehre) hints at the heart of Lis ekphrastic poetics, always so gloriously tangled in the work of others. And finally Ill bend my conceit of the small press, if only because I was completely overwhelmed by Evelyn Araluens Dropbear (UQP, 112pp, $24.99). In the poem Breath, Araluen writes: What use is a poem in a museum of extinct things, where the Anthropocene display is half-finished? I couldnt free the shield. I didnt find the head. What use is witness at the end of worlds?

Dropbear not only witnesses it asks us to bear witness too, whether were watching the end of this world or the beginning of a new one.

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How Much Does a Termite Inspection Cost? | Terminix

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You have termites. Three little words no homeowner ever wants to hear. Termites are tremendously destructive, causing about $5 billion in damage yearly in the United States. Fortunately, taking the right precautions can reduce your chances of suffering a termite infestation.

Termites are tremendously destructive, causing about $5 billion in damage yearly in the United States.1 Fortunately, taking the right precautions can reduce your chances of suffering a termite infestation.

Read on for information on termite inspection costs, termite control and how to treat for termites.

The first step to avoiding a termite problem is having your home regularly inspected for termites. And because termites feast 24/7, it's recommended that you have your home inspected annually, or anytime you suspect termite activity. The cost of a termite inspection can vary based on the company. Terminix offers a free initial inspection.

Note: If an inspection is for a real estate transaction, there are normally associated fees because additional wood-destroying insects are included, and a formal report must be submitted. Learn more about wood-destroying organism reports here.

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Depending on the species of termites that are present in your area, there are different signs of termites to look for. Some signs include:

Subterranean termites require soil contact, and most nest in the soil (which is why they are called "subterranean termites"). They then build highway-like mud tubes connecting their nest to a wooden food source. These mud tubes are a definite sign of a termite infestation, but their absence does not mean termites haven't invaded your home. There are other ways for different species of termites to reach and infest your home. For instance, because drywood termites don't require contact with soil, these termites don't create mud tubes.

Wood with termite damage might look crushed" at structural joints, and if you tap damaged wood with a screwdriver or knife, you may hear a hollow noise. You can further inspect damaged wood by probing the surface with a screwdriver or knife, exposing termite galleries. Subterranean termites excavate tunnels in the wood that run parallel to the grain, giving the wood surface a rippled" appearance. You should have a professional inspect the wood damage, as he or she will have knowledge about the difference between different wood-destroying organisms.

After finding a new home and mating, termite swarmers shed their wings, leaving them scattered about, sometimes in piles.

These, too, may be signs that termites have invaded your home.

Signs of termites can be difficult to spot. That's why it's important to have a termite control professional inspect your home annually. A trained technician knows which species of termites are present in your area, what signs of termites to look for and exactly where to look for them.

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Keeping your home free from termites is a part of regular home maintenance. Termites can cause damage that can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs. The good news? Terminix offers free initial termite inspections for homeowners.

During a free initial termite inspection from Terminix, a termite control professional will inspect your home to look for common signs of termites and any existing termite damage. If termite activity is found, Terminix can customize a treatment plan to fit your needs. If termites are not found, Terminix can recommend a plan to help protect your home from the damage a potential termite infestation could cause.

The free homeowner's inspection is different from a real estate transaction termite inspection. This type of termite inspection is usually required by the mortgage lender and/or insurer. During this type of inspection, the termite professional inspects for termites and other wood-destroying insects and organisms and issues a formal report. There is a cost for real estate transaction pest and termite inspections. The industry average real estate termite inspection cost is $100.

If an inspection indicates the presence of termites, treatment should begin as soon as possible. A Terminix termite treatment will be customized to meet your home's requirements, so termite treatment cost varies. The cost will be dependent upon the size of the house, the type of construction, the type of termite and treatment needed, your geographic region and the size of the infestation.

Related: How to Prevent Termites When Building a New Home

For homeowners, the presence of termites can be scary and stressful. Fortunately, you can trust Terminix.

Terminix offers the most advanced and effective solutions to treat termites and help prevent their presence in your home. Contact Terminix today to schedule your free termite inspection.

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Bugs beware: Rentokil to create pest control giant with $6.7 bln deal – Reuters UK

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Dec 14 (Reuters) - Rentokil (RTO.L) is buying U.S. rival Terminix (TMX.N) in a $6.7 billion deal that will help the UK company build scale and create a global pest control services giant serving both offices and homes.

The deal will be funded by $1.3 billion in cash and by more than 640 million Rentokil shares, the two companies said in announcing the deal on Tuesday. That implies a value for Terminix of $55 per share, or a 47% premium to Terminix's Monday closing price.

Rentokil, a FTSE 100 (.FTSE) company which traces its roots to a Danish pharmacist discovering rat poison in the 1900s, has in recent years expanded its business via mergers, but Terminix marks its largest deal yet.

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Shares in Rentokil, the world's largest pest control company, climbed 6% to a record high in early trade before reversing course and were down 5% by 1106 GMT.

"The promise of a stronger market position in the U.S. is obviously exciting for shareholders but could also draw the ire of antitrust regulators across the pond," analysts at AJ Bell said.

Britain has seen some fervent corporate dealmaking in 2021 with many prominent transactions involving a local target and a U.S. buyer. Rentokil's deal is one of the largest UK acquisitions of a foreign company this year.

"This is an exciting and transformational combination that will create the global leader in commercial, residential and termite pest control, and a leader in North America, the world's largest pest control market," Rentokil Chief Executive Andy Ransom said.

The $22 billion global pest control market should grow at between 4.5% and over 5% over the medium term, the companies said.

The combination of Rentokil and Memphis-based Terminix, in which the U.S. company's shareholders will own 26%, will employ about 56,000 people across 87 countries.

Rentokil Chairman Richard Solomons and CEO Ransom will retain their roles in the combined group. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2022.

Rentokil said it is targeting cost savings of at least $150 million three years after the deal closes and expects Terminix to add to its earnings in the first year.

The UK-based company said it would list American Depository Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange.

It has set up a debt facility of up to $2.7 billion with Barclays to finance the cash portion of the deal and refinance Terminix's debt, it said.

Barclays and Goldman Sachs were Rentokil's financial advisers, while Lazard advised Terminix.

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PCT/BASF Announce 2021 Technicians of the Year – PCT – PCT Online

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CLEVELAND PCT and BASF are proud to announce the 2021 Technicians of the Year: Juan Arroyo, Massey Services, Orlando, Fla. (residential category); Derek Foster, Northwest Exterminating, Marietta, Ga. (commercial category); and Joe Avery, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Winter Garden, Fla. (termite category). The annual awards are sponsored by BASF and recognize three technicians that excel in the categories of commercial, residential and termite professional services.

Its our privilege to recognize Juan, Derek and Joe as this years Technicians of the Year, said Brad Harbison, senior digital editor and managing editor, PCT magazine. These three professionals are leaders in their companies, and they are representative of the many men and women in the pest control industry working every day to protect food, health and property.

Joseph Schuh, manager of technical services for BASFs Professional & Specialty Business, said, "Congratulations to Juan, Derek and Joe. Your hard work and dedication to your company and customers sets the industry standard.

Juan Arroyo, of Massey Services, is PCTs Residential Technician of the Year. A member of the Massey team for 21 years, Arroyo is beloved by his customers, who often compliment his friendly attitude and ability to thoroughly explain processes and treatments. Example of his selflessness are occasions when hes volunteered his time to help other service centers that are hours away from his home.

PCTs Commercial Technician is Northwest Exterminatings Derek Foster, who services everything from large warehouses to small, single-room businesses. Foster, who has spent the last nine years at Northwest Exterminating, draws raves from coworkers and clients for his ability to think outside the box to solve challenging pest control problems.

Joe Avery, PCTs Termite Technician of the Year of HomeTeam Pest Defense, is highly regarded for his puzzle-solving abilities, including finding infestations in a home, garage, crawlspace, etc., and then backtracking to find how the termites are coming out of the ground and into the house. Hes also become a leader at his office for his willingness to share his knowledge and mentor others.

Read more about each winner in the soon-to-be published December issue of PCT magazine. The 2021 program will launch in April. For more information about the program email bharbison@gie.net.

About the program: During the past 25 years, PCT has recognized outstanding service professional in the residential, commercial and termite categories with our annual Technicians of the Year Awards. Each year, PCT receives dozens of nominations from pest control companies throughout the United States of various size and make-up. Managers/owners were asked to evaluate service technicians in several areas including: technical skills; communication skills; service to company/community; and their mentoring role within the company. All the nominations are reviewed by a panel of pest control industry experts who determine the winners. The awards are sponsored by BASF.

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The Standardized Inspection Report | firsttuesday Journal – first tuesday Journal

Posted: December 7, 2021 at 1:58 am

This is the second episode in our new series covering the contents and consequences of information in a Structural Pest Control Report (SPC), and an agents duty to advise sellers and buyers on their respective responsibilities for the removal of pests and needed repairs.

The first episode covers the use of a SPC in a sellers marketing package to eliminate uncertainty about a propertys condition.

Structural Pest Control (SPC) companies use a standardized inspection report form. An inspection report includes, among other elements:

The exterior surface of the roof was not inspected. If you want the water tightness of the roof determined, you should contact a roofing contractor who is licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

The exterior surface of the roof was inspected to determine whether or not wood destroying pests or organisms are present.

NOTICE: Reports on this structure prepared by various registered companies should list the same findings (i.e., termite infestations, termite damage, fungus damage, etc.). However, recommendations to correct these findings may vary from company to company. You have a right to seek a second opinion from another company. [Business and & Professions Code 8516(b); 16 Calif. Code of Regulations 1990]

Further, the following statement appears prior to the first finding/recommendation on a separated report:

This is a separated report which is defined as Section I/Section II conditions evident on the date of the inspection. Section I contains items where there is visible evidence of active infestation, infection or conditions that have resulted in or from infestation or infection. Section II items are conditions deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection but where no visible evidence of such was found. Further inspection items are defined as recommendations to inspect area(s) which during the original inspection did not allow the inspector access to complete the inspection and cannot be defined as Section I or Section II.

The SPC chosen furnishes the individual who ordered the inspection a copy of the report within 10 business days of the inspection. [Bus & P C 8516(b)]

All original inspection reports are maintained by the SPC company for three years. [Bus & P C 8516(b)]

All SPC companies also post an inspection tag in the attic, subarea, or garage on completion of an inspection. The tag includes the companys name and the date of inspection. [16 CCR 1996.1]

When choosing an SPC company, the sellers agent needs to protect their client and verify the individual or companys license, the companys registration, and the individuals or companys complaint history by calling the SPC Board at 916-561-8708 (in Sacramento) or 800-737-8188 ext. 2 (outside Sacramento), or at http://www.pestboard.ca.gov.

The Board maintains a two-year history of complaints against every SPC company and information on the companys bond and insurance. [Bus & P C 8621]

Every company registered with the SPC Board must maintain a $12,500 bond. The bonds are in favor of the State of California for the benefit of any person who, after entering into a contract with a registered, licensed company, is damaged by:

Further, the bonds also protect any person who is damaged as a result of any violation of the SPC Act by a registered and licensed SPC company.

Each company must also have general liability insurance with a minimum of:

The general liability insurance covers financial loss due to:

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New UF Study: Killing the Brood Key to Eliminating Termite Colonies – PCT Online

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DAVIE, Fla Taking an extended look inside a subterranean termite colony is a rare and almost non-existent opportunity unless you raise one. But scientists like Thomas Chouvenc rear colonies from a king and queen, allowing them to produce thousands of eggs that grow to full maturity. In doing so, Chouvenc sheds a world of light into the species, the colonys social behaviors, survival tactics and weaknesses.

Chouvenc, an assistant professor of urban entomology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (REC) produced colonies in his lab. The colonies of Formosan subterranean termites he raised are the subject of his latest study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Contrary to popular belief, you dont have to kill the queen. In fact, its all about the eggs, said Chouvenc. In this study, we demonstrate the process of how subterranean termite colonies feeding on bait products that contain chitin synthesis inhibitors can be eliminated successfully from the inside. We also confirm these commercially available termite baits are effective because they are using an unexpected termite Achilles heel.

Traditionally, structures have been treated by spraying pesticides in the surrounding soils to prevent these invasive subterranean termites from accessing it. However, a series of studies in the past few years has suggested that such treatment may only temporarily limit the termites access. It has minimal impact on whole colonies, he said.

Termite colonies that are treated with liquid termiticides can continue to access surrounding trees and other untreated structures and complete their life cycle. That way, they make new colonies within the community.

While liquid termite treatments may provide a short-term solution for structures from subterranean termite problems, it has been shown that the use of subterranean termite baits can provide sustainable, long-term protection against such invasive subterranean termites, said Chouvenc.

In previous studies, researchers confirmed that a termite bait treatment approach eliminates colonies that feed on it. In turn, eliminated colonies cannot contribute to the production of more termite colonies. That reduces the potential risk for damage to homeowner properties within the community. However, how termite baits work is sometimes misunderstood, said Chouvenc.

It is commonly believed that to kill a termite colony, you need to kill the queen. Its actually the opposite. Baited termite colonies at the end of their life would only display very old workers, and starving soldiers, the king and queen, he said.

This led the research team to wonder what happens to the most vulnerable individuals within the colony -- their precious brood.

The queen lays eggs, which develop into larvae, but the whole brood depends on workers to help young ones develop. If the entire brood dies, then the colony is doomed because it cannot replace an aging population, Chouvenc said.

In this new study, UF/IFAS researchers showed that as termites feed on the bait, they share the food with all other termites in the colony, including the queen and king. It does not directly kill termites, but as workers must engage in regularly molting -- or replacing of their old skin -- the bait activates and kills each worker as it fails to molt properly.

We discovered that, as the queen is exposed to the bait by being fed by her workers, she loses the ability to lay viable eggs, and all larvae dies within 20 days, long before workers start dying -- around 45 days after the start of the treatment, Chouvenc said.

This finding revealed that, while it takes about 90 days to reach termite colony elimination with baits, the entire brood is already dead within 20 days. Meanwhile, the queen becomes incapable of laying new eggs. As workers progressively die by failing to molt, the queen and the king then die of starvation at the very end.

Our study showed that, even if you see live termites in the bait station for a couple of months, all the eggs and larvae are already dead, and the colony has already reached a point of no return: the colony is already doomed for elimination, Chouvenc said.

Source: University of Florida at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)

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How to Figure Out if Wood Has Been Pressure-Treated, and Why It Matters – Lifehacker

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Those who have spent some time working with wood know that the building material comes in different types, and theyre not all equally suited for every project. Other than the features that depend on the type of tree the wood came from (i.e. maple, oak, birch, etc.), how wood is used also comes down to whether or not its pressure treated.

If youre buying new lumber, youll know this based on its label (and if not, ask someone who works at the retailer). But if you come into some wood another wayand dont have a lot of experience working with ityou may not know how to tell whether it has been pressure-treated.

Fortunately, there are a few different ways to figure it out, and Wade Shaddy, a building expert specializing in hardwood furniture, walks us through several of them in an article for Hunker. Heres what to know, and why it matters.

According to the Oklahoma State University Extension, the process of pressure-treating wood involves forcing preservative chemical deep into the cellular structure of the wood. The chemical then prevents the wood from deteriorating as a result of moisture, insects (like termites), and fungi, in order to extend the life of the wood.

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So what kind of chemicals are we talking about? Up until 2003, chromated copper arsenic (CCA) was the preservative of choice. But as it turns out, arsenic isnt great for humans or the environment, so the lumber industry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came to the agreement that CCA-treated wood wouldnt be used in most residential construction moving forward.

In most cases, figuring out whether wood has been pressure treated is pretty straightforward, Shaddy says. Older pressure-treated wood has an olive-green tint, while newer pressure-treated wood has a stamp identifying it as such, and, in some cases, an alphanumeric code providing information on the level of toxicity.

If the stamp has Borate, Tim-Bor, or Hi-Bor printed on it, then it has been treated with borate, which provides protection similar to CCAs, but is generally safe to use indoors or outdoors, Shaddy explains. Sometimes, instead of stamping the wood, manufacturers add a greenish patina to indicate that it has been treated with borate. According to Shaddy, its a brighter color than the old-school green tint used on CCA lumber.

Finally, Shaddy says that when it doubt, sniff it out:

If all else fails, smell it. Natural wood has an outdoorsy, pleasant smell. Pressure-treated wood has an oily scent. If it doesnt smell oily, other chemicals may impart a disagreeable odor to the wood. Another indicator is small, 1/2- to 3/4-inch incisions at regular intervals on all four sides.

In short, its important to know whether lumber has been pressure-treated to ensure youre using the best type of wood for a specific job, and also for safety purposes. According to HomeAdvisor: Wood for any outdoor project should be pressure-treated; wood for indoor projects should be left as is. The sawdust from pressure-treated wood is an irritant to the eyes, skin, and nose.

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