Spring is a time for fun, even for termites. Rain and warm weather encourage termites to fly and create new colonies.
Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage. While each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive — food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation. (more…)
Fire ants are incredibly sting-happy. They will sting any time they feel vibrations, including human movement. Yowzers!!
A typical fire ant colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds mostly on young plants,seeds and sometimes crickets. Fire ants often attack small animals and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom. (more…)
Did you know certain termites are able to fly??? Scary, we know!
A termite swarm is an event in which certain environmental conditions trigger a great number of winged termites to simultaneously fly from their nest (about 600-900 feet) to mate and locate new nest sites and food sources. Once matched, a “royal couple” burrows into the ground where the queen begins to lay eggs. (more…)