Learning About Natural Pest Control

Termite Control: 3 Pre-Construction Techniques That Keep Termites at Bay

Termites can single-handedly destroy the architectural support of your home, as colonies work 24 hours a day eating away at wood and other types of construction materials. While there are many strategies recommended for exterminating termites, you want to make sure that the termites are not even presented the opportunity to start a colony. Your house is most vulnerable when it is still being constructed or when new renovations are being made. Here are 3 pre-construction techniques that you should consider implementing. Spread Soil-applied Liquid Termiticides It’s easy for termites to make their way into construction materials when there are no barriers set up. Termites can easily travel and hide in the soil, so that you and the construction workers are unaware of their presence. The easiest way to preventing termites from even reaching or coming into contact with your house or with any newly renovated areas is to spread soil-applied liquid termiticides around your property. The termiticides in the soil will act as a chemical barrier. Soil-applied liquid termiticides can be added to your property before the concrete foundation is poured. The soil is spread around the perimeter of the property. There are two different types of liquid termiticides that can be applied: non-repellent or repellent. Repellent termiticides work by making sure that the termites will avoid the treated soil. On the other hand, non-repellent termiticides will not deter termites from tunneling in the soil. Instead, the termites will eventually die from exposure to the chemicals in the termiticides. Wrap Stainless Steel Mesh Around Vulnerable Areas During the construction process, a lot of the internal architectural areas will be exposed to the environment. Termites can easily hide in small nooks and crannies, and eventually burrow their way into the heart of the house. To prevent termites from being able to reach these vulnerable areas, have the foundations, the pipes, and other areas exposed to the external environment wrapped with a stainless steel mesh. The stainless steel mesh will act as a physical barrier to prevent termite intrusion. The stainless steel mesh should not be used as a substitute for termiticides. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with other termite control treatments and techniques for optimal efficacy. This way, even if a termite is able to reach the construction materials by luck, it will not be able to burrow into the house. Install Metal Termite Shields The foundation of […]

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Swarming Insects: Identifying Flying Ants And Flying Termites

The sight of swarming black insects near your home may raise your concerns about termites. While they may be termites, they may also be flying ants. Both insects go through a swarm stage and can be difficult to tell apart. Knowing how to tell the difference between the two and what to do if you spot them is important to the safety of your home. Flying Ants Many people are confused about exactly what a flying ant is, as they are accustomed to seeing wingless ants. Some even assume that flying ants are a separate species of ants. This is not true. Flying ants come from the same colony of ants as wingless ants. These ants appear after several years when the ant colony has outgrown its location. The ants begin to grow wings in preparation for leaving the colony. When they leave the colony, they may join swarms from nearby ant colonies as they all gather to mate and begin new colonies. Females that mate successfully become new queen ants. The males die after mating, and the mated females disperse to create new colonies. You can identify flying or swarming ants by their body shape. Here’s what to look for in flying ants. Antennae – The antennae on ants have an elbow bend. Waist – Ants are shaped more like an hourglass with a slender waist and larger body. Wings – Ants have two pair of wings similar to those of a butterfly. The top pair is larger and wider with a distinct angle on the outer edge. The lower set of wings are smaller. Both sets of wings have rounded edges. Termites If you think of termites as white grub-like insects found chewing on wood, you may be surprised to learn that sexually-mature termites look a lot like flying ants. Like ants, termites also develop wings and take to the air when they have outgrown their colony and are ready to mate and establish a new home. You may notice swarms of termites either inside or outside your home. You can identify swarming termites by their body shape. Look for these tell-tale signs. Antennae – Termites have straight antennae that look like a V extending from the top of the head. Waist – Termites do not have a defined waist like ants do. Their body is relatively straight. Wings – Termite wings look like the wings on a […]

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