Archive for the ‘termites’ Category
You bet we could and here is one right from the architects their little homes “Climate control in termite mounds.”
We often think of termites as home wreckers, or pests who frequently get into our homes. But these termites have come up with a way to regulate the temperatures within their castles. There are even termites in Australia that build north and south to take advantage of the sun and wind.
I’ve noticed a trend lately, a few Pest/Termite companies are switching to bait systems. Not really sure why they would do this when Termidor /Termidor HE is by far the fastest way to stop termites in their tracks.
Most of my termite experience comes from Florida and I see the advantages of bait but the desert affects them differently. The extreme heat and the space between stations affords the termites the ability to gain access into structures. I still believe that bait plays a role in stopping termites and occasionally use it in my toolbox of techniques. Baits have come a long way since the early 2000’s and BASF now has an active compressed bait station Trelona™ ATBS (Advance® Termite Bait System) with the active ingredient Novaluron.
New termite technology continues…. stay tuned.
Desert termites – yep these little gals are a bit on the weird side. They look for food 24/7/365 and they build tubes up and down. Instead of having to go back the same route, they go down possibly to save time on getting back to the ground and their source of water or moisture.
Termites are not generally a Do It Yourself pest issue, so call a Pest Management Professional for the best plan to keep them out.
Here is Arizona they consume dead grass, dead cactus and anything that contains cellulose.
Don’t panic, they are just doing what they are supposed to do – consume dead wood.
I often recommend just keeping any eye out for the termites, it isn’t always necessary to treat especially since they are just eating the dead wood.
I know you want to party but these are not the guests you want at your party. Termites will seek every opportunity to gain access into your home or business. Why then would you give them an invitation in?
A few tips:
- Don’t stack firewood against the structure, pallets or wood of any kind.
- If you must the put on blocks but don’t let it touch the house.
- Firewood may attract more than termites, like carpenter bees and ants.
- Cover the wood if possible, let it have a chance to dry.
- When needing the firewood, bring in only what you need and if you don’t use it take it out. PowerPost beetles and other insects love to overwinter in the logs and if it get warm they think its Spring.
1st picture mud tube on foundation slab, 2nd picture the corner of pallet as it came into contact with foundation slab, 3rd entire pallet has termites.