Where do Termites Hide?

Where do Termites Hide?

Inѕidе thе wооd оr underground, tеrmitеѕ hide аѕ thеу еаt away аt уоur home оr building. Dеtесting tеrmitеѕ is a раinѕtаking adventure in ѕоmе саѕеѕ, аѕ уоu knоw thеу аrе thеrе, but hаvе рrоblеmѕ finding thе mаjоr infеѕtаtiоn. Lеаrn thе basic detecting mеthоdѕ uѕеd tо find termites in уоur hоmе.

Termites аrе реѕtѕ that аrе rеѕроnѕiblе fоr billiоnѕ оf dоllаrѕ of damage each уеаr. Mоѕt реорlе don’t еvеn know thеу hаvе a termite problem until it iѕ tоо late and some dаmаgе hаѕ already been dоnе. Thiѕ is one reason why you should have termite inѕресtiоnѕ оn a rеgulаr bаѕiѕ tо mаkе ѕurе you dоn’t hаvе a рrоblеm. If you do happen tо find оut уоu hаvе tеrmitеѕ уоu will want tо соntrоl the рrоblеm bеfоrе it gеtѕ out оf hаnd.

Tеrmitе соntrоl саn be done in a variety of wауѕ. You саn uѕе bаitѕ, ѕрrауѕ or trеаt wood with a ѕресiаl соаting. People саn gо about tеrmitе соntrоl by themselves but it is often rесоmmеndеd that уоu seek рrоfеѕѕiоnаl help fоr tеrmitе соntrоl.

Knоw the Nature оf Tеrmitеѕ

If you have thе basic information about thе nature оf termites, уоu can this infоrmаtiоn tо ѕеаrсh and detect termites in уоur hоmе. Termites generally lеаvе traces behind, ѕuсh аѕ feces piles, which whеn fоllоwеd ѕhоuld lеаd tо thе nest.

Dеtесting Tеrmitеѕ in Thеir Favorite Places

Cеllulоѕе iѕ thе mаin source оf food fоr tеrmitе, which iѕ found in wооd. Anуwhеrе уоu hаvе wооd in hоuѕе саn bесоmе infested with tеrmitеѕ. When сhесking thе home, lооk еvеrуwhеrе thеrе iѕ wооd tо and dо nоt fоrgеt the аttiс, whiсh has plenty of wood.

Bесаuѕе some species of tеrmitеѕ livе undеrgrоund, уоu mау check thе landscaping аnd other аrеаѕ whеrе tеrmitеѕ mау nest undеrgrоund. They nееd gооd ventilation and ѕоil provides thiѕ nееd. Chесk уоur trееѕ as well, as tеrmitеѕ mау find thеѕе a good source оf fооd аѕ wеll.

Sресiаl Tiрѕ tо Control Tеrmitеѕ

• Keep wооdеn materials аt lеаѕt 6 inсhеѕ away from the ѕоil

• Get rid оf dead аnd decaying trееѕ оr roots near уоur house

• Nеvеr рlасе paper or wood near a place thаt iѕ infested with tеrmitеѕ

• If уоu hаvе аnу wооdеn debris соnvеrt thеm intо bоаrdѕ

Gеt Rid of Mоiѕturе

• Keep your guttеrѕ and other drаinаgе рiреѕ clean

• Gеt rid аnу ѕtаnding wаtеr frоm unuѕеd tirеѕ аnd roofs

• Vеntѕ should be kерt and ореn

• Entrу роintѕ around utilitу linеѕ and рiреѕ ѕhоuld bе kept clean

• Rеmоvе the еxсеѕѕ plants from уоur gаrdеn

• Rераir lеаkу рiреѕ and fаuсеtѕ

Signѕ thаt уоu might hаvе tеrmitе infеѕtаtiоn

• A hоllоw ѕоund made frоm wооd whеn tарреd

• A grоuр of wingеd inѕесtѕ fоund аrоund the soil or уоur hоmе

• Mud tubеѕ found оn walls

Termites uѕuаllу mаkе nеѕtѕ оut оf ѕаlivа, chewed wооd, ѕоil, mud аnd fесеѕ. A nest iѕ likе a hоmе for tеrmitеѕ. It is a place where a quееn lауѕ hеr еggѕ аnd where аll the оthеr tеrmitеѕ livе аnd wоrk tоgеthеr. Sоmеtimеѕ mоundѕ are аlѕо formed аbоvе thе ѕurfасе оf thе earth, usually found in trорiсаl ѕаvаnnаѕ.

Tеrmitеѕ can саuѕе hоmеоwnеrѕ hеаdасhеѕ and a lоt оf money if thеу aren’t controlled. Hоmеоwnеrѕ will wаnt tо gо оn the оffеnѕivе with thiѕ реѕt problem bеfоrе it iѕ tоо lаtе. If you don’t hаvе regular inspections уоu may find yourself knосking оn hollow wоuld one dау. Bу thеn you will still hаvе tо соntrоl уоur tеrmitе рrоblеm, but you will hаvе tо spend thousands оf dollars in home rераir. It iѕ bеѕt thаt уоu gеt ѕtаrtеd еаrlу when dеаling with thеѕе аnnоуing littlе pests.

Termites and Rain (And How Damaging They Can Be For Your Home)

Termites and Rain (And How Damaging They Can Be For Your Home)

Termites love rain. The moist, soft dirt that rain leaves behind is a haven for termites. The damp, moldy wood that rain can cause in a home is ripe for termite infestations.

There is no better time to have a termite inspection in Gilbert than after a rain. And we’ve had some heavy rain over the past few days…leaving extremely damp ground and soft wood.

Every time we have rain here in the Arizona valley, you’ll find the termite pro’s at Magic Pest getting the word out about termites, because now is the time they love to invade homes…

You need to know the signs of a termite infestation:

Symptom of Termite: Discarded Wings

What To Look For:Wings all of the same size (look like tiny fish scales) shredded near an entry point to your home.

Swarmers are usually winged and as a part of their behavior, they usually discard their wings in places like windowsills, doors or in cobwebs.

Symptom of Termite: Mud Tubes

What To Look For: Mud tubes are usually built by Subterranean termites, which are the most destructive species. As they move out from their colony in search of food, they build mud tubes to provide moisture. These mud tubes are often found near the foundation of the home, so those places should also be checked regularly.

Symptom of Termite: Wood Damage

What To Look For: Termites often eat wood from the inside out thereby making the wood soft. The damage may not be visible on the outside. The wood’s surface might still appear smooth even if termites are causing damage from inside. So if the wood sounds hollow when tapped, it may be because termites are eating the wood from the inside.

Symptom of Termite: Cracked Paint

What To Look For: Swarming drywood termites can enter through very tiny openings. Always try to cover up cracks in the home’s foundation, near roof siding, vents and windows. If your paint is cracking, it means there is moisture build up in it which could be as a result of either water damage or termite problems.

Symptom of Termite: Frass

What To Look For: As Drywood termites infest wood, they leave behind wood-colored droppings called frass. You can prevent this by keeping gutters and crawl spaces free of debris and cellulose materials so that termites don’t use them as sources of food.

Symptom of Termite: Noise

What To Look For: Some species of termites, like the soldier termites, usually make loud noises while eating or while trying to sound alarm to warn others of impending danger. The soldier termites make a banging noise with their heads on the wood to serve as an alarm to alert others. So if you tap on a piece of wood where you suspect termites, and you hear a loud banging sound, then there is termite infestation in your home.

How Are These Scorpions Getting Into My Gilbert Home?

How Are These Scorpions Getting Into My Gilbert Home?

Scorpions can enter a house through several ways…

They need water to survive in the same way other animals uses water for their survival. They drift into homes to hunt for waters. They commonly gain access into the house either through worn out pipes or the plumbing system. This action is the reason why most scorpions are found in bathrooms and kitchens.

It’s possible to frequently see scorpion outside than inside simply because of much-decaying leaves in the yard. Scorpions love to hide in and under wet shrubbery. Scorpions are also attracted to homes where there is food for them to eat.

Security light and streetlights attract insects. Since their diet consists mostly of insects, they will stay where they can easily get them. They can as well enter a house through the smallest crack.

It will be an easy task to eliminate scorpions once their sources have been identified. The presence of scorpions in homes can be avoided when accumulated debris and branches near the household are removed. People with fireplaces in their homes should keep away from piling wood in their house for future use.

It should be brought into the house when it’s required. Overgrown trees branches should also be trimmed. It is crucial to seal any spaces between windows or doors and even the frames holding them. Since white light are known to attract insects, homeowners should endeavor to use yellow outdoor light bulbs instead of white ones.

Yellow bulbs are not attractive to insects. This approach will certainly help to eliminate scorpion’s food source and their presences in and outside homes.

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Termite Control: Transfer Effect Versus Domino Effect

Why is Termidor better than Premise?

Subterranean Termites swarm and take flight every spring to reproduce and spread according to noted Entomologist Gregg Henderson.  Dr. Henderson PhD is a leading expert in the field of Entomology and frequently contributes both to publications and speaking engagements at industry conferences as you can see from how frequently his name is on the schedule in the link to the 2014 National Conference on Urban Entomology.  Entomology is the study of insects in general, but Dr. Henderson has become a highly quotable image in the industry specifically with termites. He recently lead a study on the Transfer Effect versus the Domino Effect.

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How Scorpions Enter Homes

How Scorpions Enter Homes

Scorpions are one of the broadest taxonomic group of Arachnids. There are almost 2000 species of termites in the world!

They neither belong to insects category nor spiders class. These creatures are carnivorous in nature. They paralyze other animals with their stings which are located at the end of their tail and feed on the prey.

The two large claws they possess opportune them to firmly hold on their prey, hunt and feed on them.

Scorpions can also be identified based on gender; Male and female. The female scorpion possesses a wider body than the male counterpart. It’s possible for them to carry up to 35 young scorpions inside their bodies for a year before they reproduce. Male scorpions are easily identified during mating. They take hold of the female scorpion pedipalps of their own in an elaborate mating dance.

The typical environment in which they dwell in allow them to have a broad range of prey that provides them with the necessary nutrient to survive.

Scorpions are typically energetic at night. They feed on a variety of insects, spiders, lizards, etc. by capturing and crushing them with their pincers.

They can as well use the stingers to inject venom into their victims. This action weakens their victims, and they seize the opportunity feed on them with ease.

Scorpions can kill prey without venom injection. They can quickly adapt to any situation.

These animals otherwise known as desert dwellers can also be found in tropical rainforest, savanna, mountains and grasslands. They are earthy animals that need to loose soil for survival.

Scorpions hide under rocks and logs to conserve their energy and stay calm. They like warm and dark places. They are hard to keep out of the house. Sometimes, they hide in garages or pile of things or crawl into shoes…

They LOVE shoes, so keep your eyes on your toes!

Arizona Termites – Need to Know, Home-Saving, Money-Saving Facts

Termites are more dangerous than any other insect or pest that disturbs homeowners in any part of the world.

There are roughly 2,300 species of termites worldwide. Most of them dwell in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The temperate regions also accommodate some species.

The desert subterranean, western dry wood, arid land subterranean and damp desert wood are the species of termites dominating Arizona. This state in one of the most active domains of subterranean termites in North America. Their huge presence in this area worries the residents a lot. They can destroy the foundation of your Gilbert home in just a few years.

The subterranean termites are more prevalent and destructive than any other species in Arizona. They are noted for the damage they cause to multi-billion dollar building projects in this area. It’s very hard to identify them until their infestation becomes significant and cause damage to the wooden element of a house.

Dry wood termites can spread very fast in a home and consume dry wood from inside to outside. They can multiply and form colony without making any contact with the soil. They eat wood and also feed on any cellulose materials like paper, clothes, etc.

On the other hand, damp wood termites strictly live on woods. They are found in damp areas of the house where water leakages make the wood wet.

Arid land subterranean termites naturally occur in deserts where they attack creosote and green wood bushes as well as building and other timbers structures. They are also present in moist regions like rivers, lowlands and along streams and canyons.

In general, termites are prevalent in Arizona. There are approximately 3-5 termites colonies per acre of land in this region.

It’s important to note that a colony constitutes more than 100,000 termites. If this should be calculated, there will be over 500,000 termites in this region; this is huge.Termites are more disastrous than a catastrophic event like earthquake and tornadoes. Repairing damages caused by them can cost thousands and more amount of dollars. Their destruction is not limited to wood, sensitive paperwork, photographs are some other material they can destroy.

There are two major schools of thought on the main reason termites invades a home. The first school of thought identified nature as the primary reason behind the invasion.

On the other hand, the termite infestation in most homes is believed to be caused by some elements that are attractive to them.

These viewpoints can be real. These insects primarily attack homes to search for food and feed on them. The closed doors and windows do not limit these attacks. They can enter through the tiniest crack of a house. Swarms is a typical sign of infestation.

Thousands of young termites fly out of their nest to search for a mate and new homes. They fly in tightly packed clouds for a short time before dropping their wings and moving to a new location.

Termite can also attack a house through a mud tunnel which is made from debris, wood and small pieces of soil. Dry wood termites enter forest through the weak joints works around their corners. Creating artificial barriers by using chemicals below the ground can help to handle termite attacks. Identifying cracks and sealing them can contribute to the prevention of termite attacks.

Worst Damage Termites Can Do To Your Home

Worst Damage Termites Can Do To Your Home

Termites are destructive little creatures that chew walls to the extent of crumbling the whole structure of a building. They cause severe damages every year.

These dangerous insects are silent and difficult to detect. Even though these creatures can’t destroy concrete, block or brick foundations, they can, however, enter a Gilbert house through small cracks in the foundation gaps.

The structural support of a house made of wood can also be affected by termite infestation. The subterranean termites on their way to the ceiling can destroy the walls. The brutality of losses from termite attack depends on the value individual places on items there were destroyed.

Termites can damage anything that contains cellulose such as wood panelling, paper products, cardboards, boxes, art canvases, the paper covering of sheetrock, carpeting, etc.

Termites have mainly come into existence to do only one thing which can utterly destroy the worth of a Gilbert house within a short period. They eat wood, and they can quickly devour it. The common colony can feed and finish a 2×4 wood of a feet length in six months. Some species of termite can as well destroy homes at a very fast speed.

When these termites eat woods, they also make burrows inside the wood to promote and breed their colonies, in which each colony contain about 60,000 termites. Their activity in the wood affects the structure of a Gilbert house. This action can create an unsafe environment for homeowners and their immediate families.

The significant presence of cellulose in books made it very easy for them to chew them up. They can transform the most valued volumes of the book into nothing but heaps of sawdust and lost memories. Termites will merrily feed on any paper they find in any place.

It is terrible to discover termites infestation on a valuable book that has been kept on a bookshelf for so many years. This event can turn vital records into deteriorated pieces of rubbles. Cellulose dependent termites won’t limit their access to just the wood structure that provides support for the house; they can as well attack Gilbert home furniture.

Chairs, bookshelves, desks, cabinets or anything that can be derived from the tree are likely to be destroyed by termites if they are found in such area.

Historic assets like a piece of handcrafted wooden furniture are also objected termites can damage. The damage termites caused can create the need for repairs which can be costly.

Furthermore, thousands of dollars can be destroyed by termites. They can eat money in an accurate manner. This action is possible because of cellulose presence in the money. Paper money to the certain extent shares similar chemical properties with books. Termites can negatively affect the health of people.

The tunnels they make in wood contains spore of fungi which can be spread in houses they attack.This action can result to sicknesses like pain, chest stiffness, fever, chills, muscle pain and Midrash. The worst damage will they can do to a Gilbert home will surely be based on the net value of items they destroy in a particular period.