Termite Social Behaviors

Did you know that termites play an essential role in nature? They help in breaking down dead wood and other cellulose materials which is vital in the ecosystem. Termites range in size from 1/8 of an inch to 1 inch long. Their colonies vary in colors from brown to white and black. However, their colors depend on the life stage of a particular termite and their species. The most common behaviors of termites are useful ecologically, they can be a pest in a home or business. Some common behaviors of termites include: Colonies Termites are social insects, and they tend to live together in an organized family structure called territories. One colony can comprise of 100 to 1 million termites, depending on the species. In each colony, there are smaller structures called castes which have different functions in the colony and have their own unique and distinguishable form of characteristics. Further, each termite colony has a king and a queen who are responsible for reproduction. There are three principals in caste which include: The soldiers, workers and the reproductive. Swarming Swarming is the most conspicuous sign of termite behaviors around the homes. Swarming is the process which a new termite colony forms after a queen termite leaves the colony with a large group of workers. About 60% of the workers leave the original location with the queen termite and where they go on to form another colony. The primary purpose of termites swarming is to mate and start new colonies. Colonies of subterranean termites can produce thousands of swarms while other species like dry wood termites produce fewer swarms. Termite species are...

Spider and Spider, Oh My! Signs You Have a Spider Problem

Like insects infestations, spiders’ infestation can be a troubling affair to homeowners. Generally, Spiders are harmless but depending on the person’s sensitivity, they can cause serious angst. Some spiders are actually dangerous and can even cause serious medical complications if the bites are left unattended. It is therefore essential for homeowners to be in a position to identify any signs indicating of spiders’ infestation in their areas for safety purposes. Webs This is one of the most clear ways to identify that you have a spider problem at your premises. The more the spider webs at your residence or your commercial place, the higher chance that you have a spider infestation. In such cases, some spiders create straightforward and elaborate patterns of web networks while others create some complex designs for their homes. Any of these web patterns is enough evidence that you are facing a spider problem at your place and if proper caution to eliminate the spiders is not taken. If you do not deal with the spiders after noticing their existence at your premise, it means that the spiders will have an ample time to develop egg sacs, that when given enough time, will produce baby spiders.  Egg Sacs There are various types of spiders, and most of them lay hundreds of eggs all at once and wrapped in a silk bag. Once you spot sacs of eggs at your residence, you should be aware that within a short period they will hatch. You will then have many more spiders to deal with. Dealing with the egg sacs is much easier than dealing with the spiders...