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Will A Termite Bite You?

Termites are an insect species that feeds on cellulose found in wood and other materials. They live in colonies, either underground or inside the wood that they feed on. They rarely bite people, and their bites do not pose much of a risk. Their main danger comes from...

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Can You Protect Your Home From Termites Using Borates?

One of the treatments available to homeowners dealing with termites is the borate wood preservative. This preservative is absorbed by the wood and will protect it from termites. Let’s take a look at this treatment option, its benefits and its cons. How borates work...

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Know Your Termites: Drywood vs. Subterranean

Termites cause more damage than natural disasters. They cost homeowners about $5 billion a year in the United States alone. As with most pests, there is a vast array of termite species – around 2,750 worldwide and more than 45 different species in the U.S.  The two...

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Damage Comparison – Termites vs. Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants have a lot in common, both being wood-boring insects. Both can cause serious structural damage over time, and considering that around 90% of US homes are built with wood framing, controlling them needs to be a top priority. So let’s take a...

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Buying A Home With Termite Damage

Termite damage is usually an instant deal-breaker when looking to buy a home, but if you find a property that you really like, can you overlook the damage when making a purchasing decision? Fortunately, there are a few factors that may tip you in the other direction...

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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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Pro Tips For DIY Termite Control

Termites are active year-round and they can do a tremendous amount of damage to a home. Thankfully, there are several DIY steps that you can take to prevent an infestation from occuring in the first place. Proper ventilation Termites will need two things when they...

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Recovering After Termite Damage

It happened. You discovered a termite infestation in your home. Sadly, it’s an inevitable reality for many homeowners, as termites are responsible for more than $5 billion in damage in the US each year, according to the National Pest Management Association – an...

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How Treated Wood Protects Against Termites

One of the first big brands of pressure treated wood was introduced in the early 1970s, and it was marketed towards DIY enthusiasts who wanted to build their own decks. As it turns out, both DIY-ers and contractors were interested in the product, and it found a huge...

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6 Tips To Spot A Termite Infestation

Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home: Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped Darkening or blistering of wood structures Cracked or bubbling paint Small...

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Tips to Consider when Hiring a Termite Pest Control Company

How to Choose the Right a Termite Pest Control Company Let’s get it right – when it comes to termites control, there are no second guesses. Make the wrong choice of termite control company, and all the money goes down the drain as the crawly creatures continue to be a...

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Subterranean Termite Colony Timeline

The eastern subterranean termite is the most damaging and economically significant termite species in the United States. This species is also the most destructive termite pest in the southeast where termite infestation rates are highest in the country. The eastern...

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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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