Posts Tagged ‘damage’
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.
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.
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Do me a favor don’t smooosh it to bad, it makes it difficult when they are way bigger than normal.
Grass eating termites
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.
Information by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) – check out the info at their site.
My Top 10 Tips on preventing Termites at your home or business:
- Don’t stack wood or firewood against your home.
- Trim trees so they don’t touch your home, better yet don’t plant trees to close to your home.
- In Arizona our termite season is really somewhere near August through December depending on monsoon rains.
- If you have a crawlspace, check to be sure that you don’t have any water leaks.
- Check the foundation for mud tubes, inside if you see mud trails or tubes coming from the ceiling call a Pro.
- Don’t store boxes over the expansion joint in garage, leave a little space to inspect the wall and foundation.
- Any structure like shed should be installed on blocks or concrete, wood to ground allows termites to damage the shed.
- Slope dirt and stone away from home, don’t allow dirt or rock to be higher than the stucco.
- Position sprinklers away from the house.
- Once a year call a Professional Termite Inspector, have them give you their opinion and advice on termite activity.