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Posts Tagged ‘damage’

Termite action Arizona

After doing a little digging, the termites started falling out. Something I don’t see very often.

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Termite Hourglass

Hourglass

Photo by PPMA and NPMA

Hourglass contains 1 cup of sawdust, which equals what a subterranean termite colony could consume in a 2-hour period. Something to think about? Reminded me of the slogan from the TV Soap “Days of our Lives” – “Like sands through the hourglass .. so are the Days of our Lives.”

Termites are relentless and will work 24/7/365 trying to gain access into your home or business.

Recent question on Pest Control… Carpet Beetles

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One of the high lights of my career is when I’m asked to identify a bug, to each his own but I enjoy that part of the job. A guy pops into our office with this little critter and its up to me to identify and possible deduce where it came from and out to control it.

So here are the clues – its a larva, usually they do the damage. Notice the hairs, its important. How about those hairs on the end, its really important. So did you guess right – its a carpet beetle larva. The hairs on the end or butt are the extremely important clue, hope you did well but if you didn’t you always have me.

Send me a picture to Blog@callprobest.com

Do me a favor don’t smooosh it to bad, it makes it difficult when they are way bigger than normal.

Have you ever noticed the mud castles or sheeting on plants in AZ?

 

Grass eating termites

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Typically termites only eat dead wood, so when you notice some mud on a cactus or tree they are probably just eating the outer dead wood. Cactus, grass and trees all have cellulose and that is what the little termites are after. They have that protozoa that helps to digest and breakdown wood. If they didn’t do their job the forest would be full of fallen trees, maybe.

Ask the Pest Professor – NPMA on Termite Damage

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