How the Termite Colony Works

Many of us have never paid attention to termites and how they relate. Those who have come across them will say they are a nuisance since what they mostly do is destroy. Termites tend to differ from other insects in that they live and organize themselves in social colonies. The colony can vary in size from two termites (king and queen) to more than a million. From the scientific view; termites are seen to be social insects, and they belong to the same order as cockroaches. It is funny enough that one may categorize them to be from the same family as ants since some call them white ants; but they are not. A termite colony will contain several castes including young termites, workers, soldiers, nymphs and those responsible for reproduction. This is dependent on the species, and their physical features can differentiate the castes. Let’s focus on how the termite colony works: The worker termites Workers comprise the largest group in most colonies with no wings and soft bodies. They are indeed numerous and destructive in nature. You will find them on walls especially wooden ones or floor joists in a home. They are white in color and use their antennae to navigate since they are blind. In some colonies, the immature termites or sterile adults serve as workers. This caste is responsible for getting food to the colony, caring for the other termites especially the nymphs and eggs, and constructing the physical colony. Subterranean worker termites mix mud, feces, and saliva to build mud tunnels to and from the food source. Soldiers They are the colony protectors....

Prevent Pests From Entering Home

Preventing pests from entering your home: Tips on how to do it Pests are always a nuisance while in the house. They pose a danger to your health and that of the family. Preventing them to get into your house as spring comes by is critical and should be prioritized before going on with other household chores. The following are tips on how to handle bugs and insects from your space, and they should be carried out even in other places that you may reside or visit with an aim of pest free-space. The Kitchen Area Limit your eating areas: This should be a rule in the house; food should only be taken in the kitchen or the dining. This reduces the areas that are left with food residue and crumbs hence, lessen the risk of invading pests. Make it a habit to clean the floor daily: Depending on the mode of cleaning, whether sweeping or vacuum cleaning, clean the floor on daily bases. Food leftovers need to be quickly removed so that pests don’t find something that will make them visit your house. If you miss a day without cleaning, this is enough to make them come for an uninvited feasting. Wipe any spills immediately: Apart from a dirty floor in the kitchen being an attraction to pests, spills can also invite bugs if not tackled within the shortest time possible. Make sure to move appliances and furniture to be crystal sure that the entire spill is totally cleaned. Dish washing: Don’t wait until later to wash your dishes – it is never a good idea. Even leaving...

Well Into the Spring Pest Season

Spring is finally here, and now since we are well into it, we cannot go without noticing the great amount of pest activity in our homes. Apart from the many outdoor adventures and activities you’ve been enjoying lately, this is the high time to include spring pest control measures to your home improvement list. Now more than ever before, you should be proactive in dealing with the pests before they become too much of a nuisance. Here are some spring pest-proofing tips to give you an idea of what pests are posing a threat to you and your family and how you can ultimately prevent them from coming into your home. Ants– During this warm season, you might already have observed an increase of ants in and around your home. The sole reason for their emergence is to search for food, especially, sugary ones. Ants are now more prone to finding their way into your home in search of food and water. Flies– are another major nuisance, which you may be experiencing in your home. They are major spreaders of harmful bacteria. They eat garbage, organic material, and filth, and once they are through, they will fly away and rest on your outdoor patio table or kitchen counter. Stinging Insects– these warm temperatures offer the perfect conditions for stinging insects to start mating, and to build nests near your home. Stinging insects such as wasps and bees emerge from hibernation making it an unsafe time for you to enjoy outdoor activities. Effective pests-prevention tips Clean up spilled food and liquids. Get rid of excess moisture around your house. Seal...

5 Things About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are minute pests that feed on human blood and are usually attracted to their hosts by the warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide when we exhale. Bed bugs are not seasonal; they can make their annoying presence experienced in your home throughout the year. Here are five things you may want to know about these little insects: Bed bugs can be identified if you look closely. Fully developed bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown colored, and almost the size of an apple seed or approximately 7mm in size. Whereas immature bed bugs are yellow in color, semi-transparent, and about 1 to 3 mm in size. They hatch pearly white (1 mm) eggs. They can stay for almost a year without food. Since they lack wings, they only crawl and move around at the same pace as an ant. They can live anywhere not only in the bed. Their name doesn’t only imply that they are always found in beds or box springs. The truth is that they can be found anywhere people are; from apartments, hospitals, office buildings, buses, clothes, trains, movie theaters, luggage, or even in wheelchairs. Bed bugs do not appear spontaneously in your home. Due to their wingless nature, they are typically transported into homes by hitching on belongings such as your clothes, luggage, bedding, or backpacks. It’s always advisable to inspect your clothes and luggage carefully before going into your house to prevent a new infestation. Bed bugs are hardy. Since they can survive for nearly a year without feeding, they can hide in mattresses, wardrobes and suitcases for quite a lengthy period...