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The Life Cycle of Termites

Termites have the power to destroy your home if they go unnoticed. Your home’s wood, drywall and even some metals can fall victim to a colony of termites. You might ask yourself: how long do termites live? As a homeowner, it’s important to know their life cycle since it directly affects you. Below we will explain how termites reproduce and how long they live.

Where Do Termites Live?

Termite colonies live in the ground or your home’s infrastructure. A colony can have up to 75 different termites. When the weather is extreme and termites have a lower risk of survival, nests can be started in one of two ways. One way is to transfer the infected wood or material to a new location. The second way is to divide a food source, which can cause a subcolony to break off and reproduce. Signs of termites are:
  • Shed wings left behind
  • Swarms
  • Mud tubes
  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped

What Kind of Termites Exist?

There are three different kinds of termites: workers, soldiers and swarmers. They all serve a different purpose in the colony.

Workers

  • Build or repair the nest
  • Look for food sources to feed the colony
  • Maintain the colony

Soldiers

  • They are sterile, so they can’t reproduce
  • Protect the colony

Swarmers

  • Their main purpose is to reproduce
  • They have two pair of wings

When Do They Reproduce?

Swarmers tend to emerge from their nests in large groups in the spring after the cold weather is over. Female swarmers then release pheromones (basically, a mating scent similar to perfume), which attract the male swarmers. Then, the male swarmers break off their wings – and that symbolizes they are now a couple. Once they select a mate, the new couple becomes king and queen of this new colony. It can take up to four years for a new colony to produce its own reproductive termites. In one year, the queen can lay anywhere from zero to about 20 eggs. Queens can live to be as old as 30. For more information on termites and their life cycle, visit Dustin Pest Control.

Winter Pest Prevention Tips

We might think about certain pests like mosquitos most during the summer, but don’t forget about pest prevention this winter season. Cooler temperatures mean that pests such as rats, mice, and other rodents will come to find warmth in your home. Fresno winters can be very wet and cold, which means that pests are searching for somewhere to stay warm and dry. Practice these tips to keep pests out this winter.

Seal Your Home’s Holes, Gaps, or Cracks

This winter, inspect the outside of your home to make sure you don’t have any holes, gaps, or cracks. Rodents and pests will enter your home through these holes and begin to make additional tunnels. By sealing these holes, pests will not be able to get inside and make their new home.

Place Screen Vents on Openings to Your Home

Add screen vents over your chimney, attics, basements and any other opening to your home. By adding a screened vent, you cut off access to these areas that pests like to crawl through. This means they will stay ventilated, dry and keep the pests away.

Trim Your Plants

If you have shrubs, bushes or grass around your house, trim them to keep rodents out. Rodents like to hide in the warmth of these shrubs and eventually creep into your house. If you have trees hanging over your home, it is ideal to trim them so rodents do not fall onto your house and enter.

Throw Away Excess Trash

Trash sitting in or outside of your home invites pests and rodents in. Throw away and keep trash out of your surrounding areas to avoid inviting more pests this winter. If you have trash around your home, many rodents will continue to show up and seek shelter. Once the rodents find the source of trash, it could be too late – and you’ll then need to contact a winter pest control company.
Wintertime is filled with busy schedules and holiday parties, the last thing you want to worry about is pests living in your home. Winter pests can bring damage and even disease into your home. Stay protected this winter by going with the pest control Fresno homeowners trust. Contact the professionals at Dustin Pest Control today.

How Do We Treat For Bed Bugs?

Having bed bugs can be a nuisance, to say the least. They multiply very quickly but are so small that they can be very difficult to see. There are multiple signs that point to having bed bugs. One is having bites across your body in rows or lines. While many pest will leave bite marks such as mosquitos and fleas, bed bugs will leave a line where they bite. Another is little red blood spots in your bed. You’ll see these spots as a result of rolling over on top of bed bugs after or while it feeds. These are not the only signs but tend to be the most common. Continue reading

How to Start a Compost Bin Without Attracting Pests

It’s great to start a compost bin to help the environment – and it’s cost-efficient. The worst part about starting your compost bin is the pests it can attract. According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, compost contains many different microorganisms, with all different makeups and things they can do. Having a lot of different microbes can lead to a chance of pesticides. Having more pesticides can lead to microbes that can break it down and deteriorate it. Continue reading
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