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Termites can be extremely tricky pests to rid your home of. Unlike many pests that you can squash or spray on sight, you could have termites for a long time before even realizing it.  Pest control companies have been working for decades to figure out the best way to get rid of these bugs, but many homeowners think they can get rid of them on their own. Do-it-yourself termite treatments may seem like a good idea, but before attempting to get termites out, there are many questions that you should ask yourself. Read More…

Are Your Trees Hiding Termites?

Everyone knows termites love basements, crawlspaces, and foundations, but did you know termites actually prefer to feast on dead trees if possible? Termite swarms will land on anything they think can serve as a hospitable home, and that includes your trees.

This time of year, heavy rains and lightning cause thousands of trees to fall across the U.S….in fact, over 5,000 people are killed worldwide when trees fall on their homes. But falling trees can also expose another danger to property and people alike: termites. All around the country you’ll find news reports concerning homeowners who only became aware they had a termite problem once a tree uprooted and fell into their home. Don’t be a victim like these people – educate yourself about what to look for when spotting termites in your trees: Read More…

What’s a “Magnetic Termite?”

“Magnetic termites” are nothing new, they’re just now making waves on an international scale. Australia has long been home to some of the weirdest, most interesting, most dangerous bugs on the planet, and the country has quite a few native termite species that deserve study in their own right. The Magnetic Termite is one of these species.

Uncommon in America, many rural termite species actually build massive mounds to live in, particularly in arid regions like African and Australia. These mounds can measure as high as 30-feet, depending on the species, and house tens of thousands of termites each. Think of them as the termite equivalent of a bee hive.  Read More…

5 Steps to Repairing Termite Damage in Your Home

Hearing “you’ve got termite damage” is every homeowner’s worst nightmare, but it’s not a death sentence. Termites can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage but if they’re found early enough the damage can be repaired without too much of a hassle. Depending on the type of termite, your home’s construction, and the effects of the infestation, you’re in for a bumpy ride when it comes to repairing termite damage.

 

Step One.

Before you make any moves to start cleaning up the mess, you have to make 100% certain the termites are gone. Even the most dormant of infestation sites can actually be hiding activity so it’s always smart to call in a termite professional as soon as you spot damage. They can asses whether or not the termites are still active and if so, how to get rid of them. A professional can also help you treat against new infestations.

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Termites by the Numbers

Termites are a force to be reckoned with. Every homeowner dreads termite damage but many people aren’t aware how big an issue termites in America really are. Take a look at some of the astounding numbers below and ask yourself if it’s really worth it to forgo having a professional termite inspection every year…

 

2,500: The estimated number of active termite species alive on the planet.

42: The number of feet the largest termite mound ever recorded stood tall, located in Africa. Read More…

Formosan Termites: What to Know

Formosan termites are of the subterranean variety but they’re far more destructive than their tunneling peers. Their large size and aggressive hunger has led some to begin calling them “super termites,” a name that’s bound to strike fear into the heart of any homeowner!

Formosan termites are the largest of all termites and they constitute the most species of the some 2,500 termite species on the planet. They are originally native to Japan and China and were first seen in the US in Hawaii. From there it was just a hop-skip-and-a-jump to the mainland.

There are few insect species more invasive than the Formosan termite. Once they invade a space they’re incredibly hard to get rid of. Preferring warm, moist climates, Formosans are rarely found outside the South and Southeastern US where temperatures don’t linger below freezing for long. Read More…

What Traces do Termites Leave Behind?

Termites are relatively easy to detect when they’re active. Unlike some bugs, termites leave behind tons of traces of their presence, from the obvious to the confounding. If you know what you’re looking for you can probably tell if your home has termites, or at least has had them at some point. It’s a helpful skill to have, particularly if you’re in the market for a new home.

Here are a few of the most common traces termites leave behind…

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America’s Top Cities for Termites

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a homeowner like the word “termites.” Causing billions of dollars a year in damages to homes across the US, the three most prevalent termite species are out in full force this spring. Certain cities are more prone to termite infestations than others through a combination of favorable weather, available food sources, and good overall conditions. Do you live in one of America’s top termite cities?

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11 Things to Know About the Termite Queen

Everyone’s heard of the “Queen Bee” and you’d be hard-pressed not to know a little something about the future Queen of England! But how much do you know about the queen of a termite colony and her impact on the hive?

Termites are a particularly social insect, organizing themselves in groups of thousands depending on the species. The queen runs the show and is responsible for many of the most crucial functions of a termite colony…here are 11 things you probably didn’t already know about termite queens!   Read More…

Surprising Things Termites Eat

Did you know most termites eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? They don’t even need to stop and sleep! These nasty bugs have a reputation for being wood-hungry but you may be surprised to learn they’ll eat much more than just lumber. Some scientists consider termites the “goats of the bug world”…they’ll eat a surprising array of things!

 

Wallpaper
Anything made of paper is fair game for a number of termite species. If they can find their way through the sheet rock they’ll feast on your wallpaper in a hurry. Read More…

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