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Termite Inspections Should Not Be Avoided

Even though the month of June is not yet half over, this summer is already looking like it belongs to termites. Termite swarms and termite-damaged homes are being reported in just about every region in the southern half of the US. As usual, the Gulf Coast states are...

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Identifying Subterranean Termite Swarmers

When a subterranean termite colony reaches maturity, it will start to reproduce itself. In order to do this, it will send out swarmers or alates, which are winged reproductive termites that will start nests in new locations. This mechanism is similar to that of other...

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When Are Termites Most Active?

When we think of spring, we think of blooming flowers and warming weather. The last thing that we want to have on our mind during the season are termites. However, spring is the beginning of termite season, when these insects come out of the ground looking to start...

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Everything You Need To Know About Termite Inspections

Termite infestations can creep up on you and stay undetected for years. After all, the wood starts to show signs that termites are present only after it has been thoroughly damaged. At that point, the repair bills can go up into the thousands. In order to prevent...

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Subterranean Termite Treatments

Some homeowners are hesitant to allow their property to be treated with insecticides due to the past use of a few insecticides that were banned for having a potentially hazardous effect on human health and/or the environment. However, for more than 20 years,...

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Know Your Termite

A single termite is not a very impressive creature - blind, squishy, pretty much unable to survive outside of the ground. But get a few hundred thousand of them together and you have a wood churning machine. Termites are sometimes referred to as the “silent...

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Identifying Termites

If you ever notice an insect that looks like an ant crawling in your home, you may be wondering if you are actually dealing with termites. You are not. Termite workers rarely leave their colonies, because they cannot survive outside. Termites need a lot of moisture...

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Building Codes, Insulation And Termite Infestations

Pest control practices have changed over the years, and these practices have impacted how crawlspaces are insulated in regions that have high rates of termite infestation. More specifically, termite bonds are now rarely issued if homeowners make certain modifications...

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Will Insurance Cover Termite Damage?

You pay for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance  to guard against any unexpected  and hefty bills. It gives you some peace of mind and helps you sleep at night. But what if while you’re sleeping, a colony of termites are not sleeping and eating away at your humble abode...

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Social Behavior In Termites Goes Back 100 Million Years

One of the greatest sources of knowledge about ancient creatures is fossilized amber, and a new found piece contains 100-million-year-old fighting ants and worker ants along with giant soldier termites. This piece of amber proves that sociality in ants and termites is...

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Termites Can Help Prevent The Desertification Process

Termites are probably not our favorite insects in the world, but according to new research, their presence is crucial to the prevention of desertification in agricultural lands and semi-arid ecosystems. This is a particularly important ability because we have to deal...

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How Termites Protect Rainforests

Termites thrive in the rainforest, digging tunnels under the soil and aerating it in the process. For civilization, termites are a disaster. They cause billions of dollars in damage each year to both commercial and domestic buildings. In the rainforest however, they...

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Can Termite Swarmers Help Us In The Field Of Robotics?

Termite swarms are never a pleasant sight. However, they are quite interesting. Termites often rely on a form of collective intelligence to achieve maximum efficiency in foraging, construction and coordination. This has aroused the curiosity of researchers, who are...

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Termite Mounds Algorithm

Termites can build extremely complex structures, and researchers started wondering if they could replicate the blueprints of termite colonies using mathematical algorithms. Researchers were particularly interested in termite mounds, which are perhaps the greatest...

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How Researchers Are Rethinking The Evolution Of Termites

Termites are both important ecologically and harmful to human settlements. As such, they have been a subject of study for many years. In a new breakthrough study, a research team of evolutionary biologists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, have...

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Subterranean Termites Can Live In Your Home For Years

Termites are part of an ancient group of insects that has been around for over 120 million years. During this period, they have been pretty successful at entering new environments and muscling out any competition that comes in their way. They are social insects that...

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