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...

6 Tips on Keeping Your Attic Free of Pests

Finding out there is the presence of pests in your attic at any time is not something any homeowner wants to see. Besides the associated health complications brought up by pests, the fright of coming face to face with pests like rodents or finding critters around the house is enough to threaten homeowners to call pest control professionals at any hour of the night. Whether you have noticed pests in your ducts or vents in the pasts or you are worried of pest getting into your home during winter, these steps will help you in keeping your attic free of pest long before they become a problem in your house. Seal any possible cracks and gaps in the attic Presence of cracks and gaps on the attic is the most straightforward methods that pests can get their way into the house. Often, damages or cracked vent systems are primary culprits that gives insects, rodents and many other winter pests the freedom to access the warmest area of your room. Regular checks on the exterior of your vent and ducts for any damages is essential to identify cracks, holes, and damages and patch them up. This helps in stopping pests long before they can enter the house. For damages hidden inside the interior walls, it is necessary to call pest management professions who are in a position to repair them or put you in touch with HVAC professionals who will fix the cracks and gaps thus keep your attic free of pests. Ensure regular cleaning and maintenance This is among the most critical steps in keeping your attic free of...

Common Pest and Pest Control Myths

Pests are a nuisance and frustrating. People tend to dismiss them without trying to learn more about them. Trying to prevent and control pests has been significant activity, and there has been a ton of information and stories concerning this matter. This ends up putting people in a state of confusion. There have been endless myths concerning pests and pest control. Below are some of the common pest myths and the facts: You cannot have bugs if your house is clean It is true that having a clean house minimizes the chances of pest infestation, but that does not mean that your home is now immune or free from pest problems. Bed bugs, to be precise, are mostly attracted to warmth, and blood which is their source of food. This shows that no matter how clean your house is, it will always be attractive to bugs as long as there are humans or animals for them to feed on. Keeping your home clean, however, helps you to identify an infestation faster than when there is stuff cluttered everywhere. Also, it ensures that there is no food source available for other pests that do not feed on blood. Keeping your home clean should not give you a reason to ignore other issues. When you are stung by a bee, you are safe since it cannot hurt you again It is said that most bee species die after stinging. However, this does not mean that you are after being stung. Some types of bees can sting multiple times. The worst of them all is the wasp as it has an unlimited...

Understanding the Difference Between Bees and Wasps

Most people tend to confuse between wasps and honey bees since both are insects that can give painful stings. However, when wasps can attack naturally and at any time, honey bees attack mostly when provoked. Getting the difference between the two is vital as it can help you know the right treatment to administer to the wound once you are stung by any of them. It also assists you in determining the proper pest control method. Some of the differences to help you in identifying the two creatures include: Physical appearance The two creatures differ in appearance. Their bodies and leg structures are both different. Bees have hairy bodies and legs while wasps are smooth. Moreover, bees have round abdomen and thorax while wasps have cylindrical. Wasps have round waxy legs while bees have flat wide legs. Behavioral characteristics Bees use poison to protect themselves or their hives. They can sting anyone who becomes a threat. Their stinger is sharp and remains in the skin of the victim. The stinger comes from the bee’s thorax and causes the bee to die eventually. Wasps, on the other hand, are aggressive as they are predators. Wasps are easily provoked and can sting you even if you are not trying to hurt them. Their stinger is smooth and comes out of the skin quickly. When wasps sense danger near the nest, they produce pheromones to alert the whole family to come and attack who is trying to endanger them. Neither of the two creatures is aggressive until when it feels endangered. They are good at protecting their eggs and nests. Bees have...

The 6 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World

There are over 43,000 species of spiders wandering in the world. However, among them, only a few species are said to be deadly. About 30 species or less. Some of them have caused human deaths. The spider’s venom works depending mostly on the size of the spider. Some spider’s venom works only in small creatures while others produce allergic reactions to humans. Deaths caused by spiders are rare as the poison is treatable. It is hard to figure out which species to avoid and worry about and which ones are not harmful. This article discusses 6 of the most dangerous spiders based on their features to help you recognize them. Brazilian Wandering spider Its color and size characterize the spider. It is large, brown, and almost resembles the North American Wolf spiders. However, it is larger, and its venom is more toxic than the North America Wolf Spider. It can be termed as the spider species with the most active venom and as the most dangerous spider in the world. They are active hunters and good in traveling. They love crawling as they look for warm and comfortable places during the night. Their hideouts include in flowers and fruits that people cultivate and consume. If bothered, the spider will bite as a way of protecting itself. However, if it is not aggravated, it gives a dry bite without venom. It only produces toxin if it is hurt. The serotonin contained in the poison can cause muscle shock. There have been several deaths caused by Brazilian Wandering spider’s bite, especially to children. Children have a weak immune system, and once...