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Archive for the ‘Formosan Subterranean Termites’ Category

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now there are teenage mutant ninja termites roaming South Florida?

OK, so maybe they aren’t exactly teenage ninjas, but hybrid “super-termites” they could be!

Asian and Formosan hybrid by Thomas Chouvenc-University of Florida

The male Asian subterranean termite (brown abdomen) and the female Formosan subterranean termite (orange abdomen) are surrounded by their hybrid offspring (eggs, larvae, workers, soldiers) in an eight-month-old colony. Thomas Chouvenc/University of Florida

You’ve heard me say time and time again that termites cost nearly $5 billion in damage every year – more than fire, storms and earthquakes combined, but that number may soon change… and not for the better!

The Asian and Formosan species of subterranean termites are not native to Florida and are two of the most destructive termite species in the world. It’s been a challenge learning how to control termites of these species because of how quickly each of them multiply on their own, but now researchers are saying that the hybrid colonies are reproducing at nearly double the rate!

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You want your home and landscape to be a safe place for your family to enjoy, but termites can threaten your tranquility…

Larue Termite Control Fort Myers Naples

This is the seventh of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

In Fort Myers, Naples and all of Southwest Florida, both subterranean and drywood termites have been known to devastate homes by eating right through wooden beams used in walls and roofs. In order to protect your family and control termites around your property, there are some techniques you can adopt in your landscape.

Termites are always looking for new places to feast. Here are some landscaping tips that will help protect your home: Read the rest of this entry »

Florida New Construction Termite Protection

Did you know that the best time to start protecting your home from termites, is before it’s even built?

If you’re in the process of designing a new home, chances are termites are the furthest thing from your mind. However, now is the best time to start thinking about protecting your family and your investment from wood hungry termites. In fact, termite protection in Fort Myers and Naples is such an important part of building a safe home for you and your family to live in, that Florida building code requires termite protection in all new homes.

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Could your home have termites?

You may not be aware of subterranean termites in your home until they’ve caused severe damage, reducing floor joists and load-bearing beams to the equivalent of cardboard.

That’s why it’s extremely rewarding when we’re able to protect against a termite infestation with early detection during a routine inspection!

Recently our service tech, Chip Beatty, was inspecting for ants in the shrubs outside a home in Fort Myers, when he stumbled across live termites feeding on an ixoria plant. Once identified, he notified the homeowners and explained the threat subterranean termites pose to their home. Read the rest of this entry »

Termite Protection – Is Your Home Safe?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On March 1st

Do you know how much damage termites can do to a home? The effects of a termite infestation can be devastating to a family.

Termite Damage to Floor

Your home is supposed to be a safe place for your family, but hidden behind the walls and ceiling, there may be a problem growing that you’re completely unaware of. Termite protection isn’t something people really like to think about, but that fact is living in Florida, termites are a real threat. Even if you’re living in a CBS home, the rafters in your roof are still susceptible. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House and Home

In the past we’ve heard our customers say “I live in a concrete block house. I don’t have to worry about termites.” Or “I live in a suburban area. We don’t have termites near our home.”

My response is usually the same. What are the rafters of your roof made of? Usually the response is the same: Wood. Termites don’t care if you live in a cow town or if you live in the “burbs.” They are equal opportunity wood eaters.

Over the past few months we have given you a few helpful pointers on how you can reduce your exposure to subterranean termites and the severe damage that they can inflict upon your homestead.

Termite extermination is not a pretty business. In fact, many people despise the thought of creepy crawlies, let alone trying to rid them from their houses. But we’ve been in the Fort Myers pest control business since 1978 and we’re happy to help you get rid of termites. Here’s what you should know about subterranean termites:

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Termite Control

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

There is a Nobel Prize winning scientist named Steven Chu that has discovered a termite control method that turns them from being home eating pests, to a limitless fuel source. He’s not claiming that termites can save the world. However, he does believe that they can lead to cheap, clean-burning, and virtually limitless fuel.

The US Department of Energy is currently researching ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of cleaner energy. Termites are considered a possible way to reach this goal through something called metagenomics (the study of metagenomes, genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples).

So, how is it possible to turn these pests into power sources?

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Get a free Termite Inspection from Fort Myers Pest Control, Larue Pest Management

This is the 6th of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

An annual termite inspection by a pest control professional is the best way to head off these pests before they eat you out of house and home. However, you should make it a point to do your own “mini-inspections” during routine maintenance and household chores.

Here are some tips for what to look for:

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Prevent Termite Damage

This is the 5th of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

The best method for pest prevention is proper maintenance of your home. Try to eliminate and prevent conditions that are conducive to termite activity in or around your home, such as unmaintained landscaping or wood structures lying near the foundation.

In areas of high volume of termite damage such as Southwest Florida, termite prevention should be a part of annual home maintenance. This will help ensure that you detect termite infestations as early as possible.

Here are some preventative measures you can take to help you prevent termite damage:

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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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