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Archive for May, 2011

Subterranean Termites

This is the 4th of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

Termites are highly social insects. Within the colony, hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions of termites work and live together.

There are two main types of termites that attack structures here in Florida.

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Sentricon System

This is the 3rd of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

Disclaimer: I am a professionally trained termite exterminator. On this particular issue, I am CLEARLY biased. 🙂 With that said, I still believe that it’s important to empower you to learn how to exterminate termites, should you choose to do it yourself.

There are two common treatment methods that exterminators will use. If you can get your hands on either of these treatments, I wish you the best of luck. But I will say that termite inspections and treatment methods can be highly specialized procedures, so be extremely careful. Otherwise leave it up to a QualityPro certified termite exterminator who has specific tools and techniques for inspection and application of materials.

Subterranean termite treatments are generally broken down into two categories:

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Flying Termites

This is the 2nd of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

Learning the difference between flying termites and flying ants during the Spring swarming season in Florida can be difficult. Often, winged ants can resemble the winged-swarming termite.

For example, BOTH termites and ants…

  • Are small with 6 legs, a head, thorax, and abdomen
  • Have species that can be tiny or big
  • Have queens who lay eggs and kings who fertilize them
  • Have a worker caste who do most of the running around and hauling
  • Have soldiers who defend the nest

Now, when it comes to species, ants far outnumber termites in the variety. There are about 4,000 species of termites, but ants have close to 14,000!

Although they have many similarities, ants and termites do have some distinctive differences. If you know these differences, it is actually quite easy to decipher flying termites from flying ants and you won’t even need a microscope.

When the bug is standing relatively still, look for these characteristics.

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Pictures of termites (Two Queens and Workers)

This is the 1st of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

During the course of this series, you’ll see many pictures of termites (like the one above) so if you get grossed out easily, you may find it difficult to read the rest of my blog posts. You’ve been forewarned :). So before we launch into the wonderful world of termites, you should have a firm understanding of what these creatures are and the purpose they serve in nature.

Termites are social creatures who look out for their own, and are very family-centric. In fact, they live with several hundred to several million family members who all work together to find cellulose food sources that will grow the colony.

I’m sure you love your family as much as I love mine. But could you imagine living with that many family members? Ugh. 🙁

As you are probably aware, these little creatures can be very successful in their foraging efforts, using a cooperation called “swarm intelligence”. In fact, they are so successful in these food hunting systems that they can LITERALLY eat you out of house and home…hence the title of my new eBook.

A typical termite colony includes the following members:

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