How To Get Rid Of Termites
You Might Start Missing Your Termites After Kickin'em Out. After All, They Have Been Your Roommates For Quite A While. Enraged With How The Termites Have Eaten Up Your Antique Furniture? Can't Wait To Have Them Exterminated Completely From The Face Of The Earth? Fret Not. We Will Tell You How To Get Rid Of Them From Your House At Least. If Not From The Face The Earth.
These wood-eating pests fall into two categories subterranean termites, which are quite widespread, and drywood termites, which live in warm climates. (The Southern United States and California are at highest risk for both kinds of termites.) Within these categories are a number of species, each with its specific behavior patterns. Check with local organic pest-control professionals for details on what works against the termites in your area. Controlling subterranean termites Subterranean termites generally are controlled with in-ground bait stations, but some nontoxic approaches are slowly moving out of the experimental category. A sand barrier, for example, is a mechanical deterrent that involves surrounding vulnerable wood with a 4-inch-deep by 24-inch-wide moat of sand or ground cinders. You can't use just any sand, though. You need a specific size, called 16 grit, that's too big for the termites to move around and too small for them to use as substrate for building the protective...
In many climates, termites are the bane of every homeowner's existence, constantly noshing on the house and any other wood that's handy. Decks are no exceptions in fact, they're particularly vulnerable because they're hanging out there like tempting slabs of chocolate layer cake. In the old days, termite remedies were toxic to more than just the termites and didn't always work so well. Nowadays, safe, effective new control methods are available. I explain everything you need to know in the following sections.
Mortality also occurs during the winter months when the larval overwintering cell is penetrated by stalk rot fungi and termites, apparently because such penetration allows seepage of water into the cell. Thus, heavy rainfall, and heavy and wet soils are detrimental to overwintering survival, and southwestern corn borer typically is more destructive in areas with sandy soil. Considerable overwintering mortality also results from bird predation, often 50-80 of the total mortality. The yellowshafted flicker, Colaptes auratus (L.), is the most important avian predator (Black et al., 1970). Rodents also sometimes consume overwintering larvae, but this occurs erratically.
More and more companies are catching on to the market demand for affordable, hobby-style greenhouses. One of those companies, RION, has designed a clever line of full-sized, prefabricated greenhouses that can be shipped by UPS. From what I've heard, they snap together in a couple hours and out last many of their treated wood counterparts. For just a little more than you would spend on plans, lumber, glazing and hardware, you can get up and growing in one of these nifty prefab houses in a fraction of the time, and never worry about rotting wood and termites to boot.
The first line of termite defense is prevention. All the eradication techniques are useless if your deck is vulnerable in the first place. So follow these prevention tips Termites love moisture, so keeping things dry is a good start at controlling them. Direct sprinklers away from the deck. Plant drought-tolerant plants nearby, but keep all plant parts at least 24 inches away from the deck. Direct runoff away from the area. Don't let water from potted plants soak through to the deck use waterproof saucers that drain clear of all decking. Build your deck properly, with an eye toward making it less vulnerable. Contact between soil and wood is a good way to call up a termite infestation, for example. Set posts on concrete footings, and put the posts in special metal anchors that hold the ends up in the air. Never store wood or allow wood scraps to be left in the vicinity of the deck. Termites often feed on these canap s before moving on to the structure entree.
Unfortunately, prevention sometimes doesn't cut it, and your deck may be attacked despite great housekeeping. For severe infestations, call a licensed structural pest-control professional who understands and uses the least toxic methods. No matter what you do, however, remember that the termites will be back. You need to make at least annual inspections of all wood and treat it for termites as necessary. Look for entry holes, mud tubes, hollowed-out wood, and piles of fecal pellets (a fancy term for termite poop, which looks a bit like sand). Dogs are sometimes used to detect termites (probably not your dog, though).
Tansley (1871-1955) was interested in the concept of the 'super-organism'. This concept suggested that a community of individuals, such as a termite nest, containing several million individual termites, could itself be regarded as an individual, a super-organism. There could then be evolutionary competition between super-organisms. This concept had a clear implication of systems levels, with each level being called a population. For example, a forest is a population of trees, a tree is a population of leaves, a leaf is a population of cells, a cell is a population of organelles, and so on. The concept also had a clear implication of group selection.
A species is described as social when the individuals remain together in social groups. The converse is described as a 'solitary' species, in which individuals usually come together only purposes of mating. Social animals are easier to domesticate and dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, and goats are all social species. Social insects include the ants, termites, and bees. It is also possible to speak of 'social' plants that tend to grow in pure stands in the wild. These too are easier to domesticate than solitary species. See also Sociability scale. Softwoods
All the methods of keeping a deck dry to protect it from termites are also effective against dry rot, so start by eliminating sources of moisture. Remove leaves and junk from between deck boards, get those pots off the surface, and make sure the roof isn't dumping water on the deck. If you have dry rot, remove and replace all the affected wood immediately.
A pest is not a biological phenomenon it is an anthropomorphic designation. For example, we consider termites as beneficial organisms when they live in forests, converting dead trees into soil organic matter. The same insects are pests when they feed on wood-associated human structures. In both cases, the termite behavior is the same, but in one case we place no value on the wood being consumed, and in the other we assign high economic value.