Termite Control Canberra | Call + 61 (26) 1885636

Termite Control Canberra | Call + 61 (26) 1885636


How to Choose the Best Termite Control Canberra
Offers? Whether you are about to invest in a new home
or maintain the value of your current home, regular termite inspections will save you
a lot of money and stress. Studies show that over a billion dollars each
year goes to termite control. Before you spend money on a company for termite
control in Canberra, there are a handful of indicators that reveal if you do have termites
destroying your home, or not. Since it is nearly impossible to spot a termite
roaming around your house, take note on what to look out for. Termites create mud tubes to travel through
walls and create the perfect temperature for them to live as well as serves as a protection
from predators. You will be able to find mud tubes along your
homes foundation and entry points. Another indicator that you have termites is
if you see winged pests, called Alates, which look similar to flying ants. An established termite colony produces these
winged pests that try to flee your home to create their own nest. If you see these pests with 2 sets of wings,
typically in the springtime, then there is a good chance you have termites in your walls. However, if you do see these two indicators,
do not panic yet, it is just time to call in the professionals. Termite control experts will be able to determine
if the mud holes are inactive and whether those winged pests are simply just flying
ants. They will also have other tools and techniques
for examining the inside of your walls to truly discover if you have a termite problem. Before you pick up the phone to call a company
for termite control in Canberra, there are several crucial aspects about each company
that need to be clear. For one, the termite control company should
offer a guarantee for their services. Not only check if they have a guarantee, but
read the fine print to find out how long the guarantee lasts. Then ask the company for recommendations;
if the company has a good reputation they should be happy to share their customer reviews. To look further into a companys reputation
do not hesitate to check with your local Department of Agriculture or Better Business Bureau to
see if a company has any official complaints filed against them. Next, make sure to see the companys credentials. The company should be a part of your state
pest control association and the NPCA (National Pest Control Association). Once you have narrowed down companies that
meet those basic qualifications, it is important to obtain proposals from at least three different
companies. Each proposal should list the companys chemical
treatment process, bait station placements, repair or wood work and insecticide labels
and warranties. Then, it is vital to find out about a companys
liability insurance. After you have three or more proposals, you
should use them as leverage to get the best deal possible. Before you even get to the point of having
to call a termite control company, there are few termite protection tips that you should
consider that prevent the problem from occurring. For one, keep all firewood stacked 20 feet
or further from your home, so if termites feed on that wood, they will not easily work
their way into your home. Also, inspect outdoor wooden structures like
your deck, fence and tool shed for termites. That way, if you discover a termite colony
outside, you can terminate it before it intrudes your home. The topic of termites can be nerve racking
because of all the money and time that goes into the mitigation process. We hope our video has helped you reduce your
stress around how to inspect your home for termites, what company you choose for termite
control in Canberra, and what you can do to prevent termite problems in the first place. If you have any more questions, please do
not hesitate to call: + 61 (26) 1885636

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services | Phoenix & Casa Grande

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services | Phoenix & Casa Grande


For effective pest and termite control in Phoenix and Casa Grande, call the experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. Our professional team can deal with any residential or commercial pest problem. From scorpions and roaches to termites and bees, we back all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you suspect you have pests, call us for a free pest or termite inspection. Give us a call and visit our website to see our current specials. AZ Best Pest.

The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth

The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth


In nearly every corner of the earth, ants wage war against each other. Their weapons are what nature gave them. Some have strong armor, deathly stingers, or sharp mandibles. And then there’s this
tiny and not very impressive ant, but it rules the biggest empire any ant has ever built. A colony spanning continents and fighting wars that leave millions of casualties. Let’s take a look at this unlikely warrioress, “Linepithema humile”
the Argentine ant. ♫ Kurzgesagt intro music ♫ This story begins in the floodplains
around the Paraná River, in South America, It’s a crowded ant megalopolis where dozens of ant species fight for dominance, including fire ants, army ants and the rather unimpressive Argentine ant. It measures only 2 to 3 millimeters in length and with its small mandibles, it’s surprising that it survived among its buff competitors. Their homes are equally unremarkable. Their colonies range from fairly small to very large
and could be found anywhere: Under logs, in loose leaf litter
or the former colonies of other ants. Here, Argentine ants prepare their most
effective weapon against their competitors: bodies. Most ant species have
only one queen to produce ants, while Argentine ants went all-in on numbers. For every 120 workers there’s one queen, laying up to 60 eggs a day. So their colonies grow fast and have millions or billions of individuals. Teams of queens and workers frequently branch out and found new colonies. But this strategy has a downside:
As colonies grow and produce a lot of offspring, mutations occur and new colonies adapt to new environments. Their DNA slowly changes from generation to generation and differences accumulate. So after a while the ants that left the colony will become more like distant cousins and start to compete with their mother colony. In their native South American range, this is how Argentine ants behave. Within their colonies they are very cooperative
and well-organized, but they fight vicious wars against other Argentine ant colonies and other ant species With equally strong opponents on every side, the Argentine ant became extremely
aggressive, fighting for every inch of ground. But it could never dominate its neighbours…
until humans showed up. We did what humans do and transported things around the world by ship. On one of them, a few Argentine ant queens hitched a ride as stowaways from South America to Madeira and New Orleans. The Argentine ants suddenly found themselves in a strange world. Instead of being surrounded by deadly enemies, they found only victims ⁠—
nobody could fight them effectively. Because only a few Argentine ant queens
were introduced to the outside world, the resulting colonies had very low genetic diversity. On top of that, the introduced Argentine ants kill up to 90% of their queens every year. Fewer queens, less genetic variation. So, as these colonies spread across the landscape, ants that left the colony were no longer
considered distant cousins. As a result, the new colonies form not opposing but cooperating parties called “supercolonies”. This is a very uncommon
strategy in the ant kingdom, only a few of the 16,000 ant species have evolved supercolonies. A supercolony was established on the
West coast of the USA and became a base for the tiny ants’ global conquest. Today, the Argentine ant inhabits the Mediterranean zones of six continents and many islands. This one supercolony was especially successful, establishing sister locations in California, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, forming one massive intercontinental megacolony of Argentine ants. This makes them the largest society on Earth,
more numerous than even the human one. But their success has changed the ecosystems they invaded. California is a perfect example of this. In their greed for more territory, the invading Argentine ants have overrun and replaced 90% of the native ant species, including several species of Californian carpenter ants. Although carpenter ant workers are giants, their colonies have only between 3,000 and 6,000 individuals and stand no chance against an expanding supercolony of billions of Argentine ants. Argentine ant workers attack by wiping toxic chemicals on their victims which irritates the enemy and marks them as a target for other Argentine ants. When they attack, the Argentine ants wash over their victims, clinging on to their opponents in groups
and pulling apart their limbs. It doesn’t matter how many of them die ⁠—
there are always more. Once the colony is overrun and exterminated, the Argentine ants feed on their victims brood and take over their home and territory. The Argentine ants’ numbers allow them to hunt down and devour such an excessive mass of different insects that over time some species disappear
from the ants’ territory completely. Argentine ants don’t care about working
with the local flora and fauna, they consume them and move on. And, if their next stop happens to be human property, they will rudely make themselves at home there too. They forage in dumpsters, bowls of pet food and sneak into kitchens to claim leftovers. Not just our homes: our gardens and
fields are also impacted by Argentine ants, since they tend to hordes of aphids as their cattle. The aphids feed from plants and produce a sweet honeydew, which they trade with the ants for protection. Since the ants have no major enemy to fear in their new homes, the aphids thrive and ultimately kill the plants they live on. So, on top of being a major disruption
for the ecosystems they invade, they are also a huge pest for agriculture. But the rule of the Argentine ant is being challenged. Parts of the super colonies have broken off and become their own empires. A merciless civil war has broken out. For example, the Lake Hodges Supercolony has been fighting against the Very Large Colony for years in San Diego County. A massive war is going on over a dynamic front line stretching over kilometers, an estimated 30 million ants die here each
year. On other fronts, an old acquaintance from the Parana River has risen from the shadows Red imported fire ants, which were accidentally introduced from their
old home to the coast of Alabama, Not only are the red fire ants fierce fighters
and more than able to deal with the Argentine ant, they are also able to form
super colonies themselves. Now the old wars from their distant home have been
taken to a foreign battleground. In the southeastern US the super colonies
clashed fiercely. The Argentine ants found themselves outgunned by the fire ants. The fire ants major workers are more than twice the size of the
Argentine ants and wield venom-injecting stingers, even though the Argentine ants
fought fiercely, the fire ants were too much for them. After countless lost
battles the red imported fire ant exterminated the Argentine ants super
colony from much of the southeastern US. This is one territory lost but the
Argentine ants will fight on. This amazing network of cooperating super
colonies is the biggest success in their history. And they’ll not give it up because of a small defeat. They will stand their
ground against any enemy that might arise. No matter if it’s on the Paraná River or on one of the large battlefields across the world. ♫ Background music winds up ♫ These videos were developed with the support of ‘Curiosity Stream’, a subscription
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What does termite mean?

What does termite mean?


What does termite mean? termite. Noun 1. A white-bodied, wood-consuming insect of the infraorder Isoptera, in the order Blattodea.

Top Realtor Rookie Mistakes 🤦‍♂️ Preventable Termite Related Delays in Escrow

Top Realtor Rookie Mistakes 🤦‍♂️ Preventable Termite Related Delays in Escrow


You’ve heard you can’t spell escrow without
three T’s: Tears, Taxes, and Termites. Unless you are making an all-cash offer, chances
are that a termite company will be involved at some point in your escrow transaction. Clearing the termite certification process
is a major hurdle in most escrow transactions in California. There are common, yet preventable, mistakes
realtors and homebuyers alike repeat over and over when scheduling termite work for
escrow. In order to prevent making the mistakes most
rookies make, it’s important to understand how termite work fits into the escrow process. In all escrow transactions involving a mortgage
lender, the lender will set certain conditions and stipulations attached to the buyers going
on contract for the loan AND the property the lender is loaning on. Lenders will want to make sure that the property
they are lending on is structurally sound and not at risk of future structural failures
(see section i vs section ii). For that reason, lenders will at the very
minimum order a thorough Wood Destroying Organism inspection on the property in addition to
the general home inspection (see Most Common Termite-Related Delay in Escrow) . If the home is in California and it is over
10 years old, chances are there will be some sort of WDO or termite-related finding. Of course, each property is unique and should
be thoroughly inspected, but realistically speaking, if the property is close to being
10 years old it will likely be a minor termite finding that is likely easily dealt with by
local treatment ( see Termite Control Local Treatment vs Fumigation). Nonetheless, the lender will see this termite
issue as a problem that can create future structural integrity issues if deferred or
improperly handled. For that reason, the lender will require the
termite issue be addressed as a precondition to funding the loan. This is where the errors begin. I should disclaim, the following mistakes
I am about to describe are all rooted in one big major error, and that is not having a
termite inspection done early enough in the escrow process to give you enough time to
deal with and clear any termite-related hurdles before close of escrow (see Most Common Termite-Related
Delay in Escrow ). Having said that here are some of the common
rookie mistakes we see. Termite issues are found with just a little
time left to close escrow. A realtor fears there won’t be enough time
for the lender to review the termite inspection report, provide preconditions for repairs,
and go through the process of scheduling and clearing before close of escrow. What does rookie realtor do? They try and guess what the preconditions
will be or, in a more fun version of this rookie mistake, they ask the termite company
to guess what items should be repaired in order to close escrow. Each lender, each underwriter, and each loan
is unique and different. What lenders require as preconditions to providing
a loan is entirely up to the lender. It’s not a good idea to try and guess what
the lender will set as preconditions. Doing so only creates chaos, confusion and,
inevitably, delays. Its a better idea to have the report in the
lender’s hand early in the process so that there is enough time to address any termite-related
issue that may arise. Second Rookie Realtor mistake, approving work
without authorization. I wish this wasn’t common, but it is. A lender provides notice that termite issues
need to be dealt with prior to funding the loan, and a realtor fears there’s not enough
time for the buyer and seller to hash out who will pay the cost. Or, the realtor fears the work is so extensive
and time to close escrow is fast approaching so, in an effort to save every last minute,
Rookie Realtor approves the work himself without telling anyone. Let me tell you, we are a group of really
good-looking termite control service providers, but for some reason, people don’t like us
showing up and surprising people with unexpected termite work. I can only imagine how this goes when it happens
to the other companies out there. It’s not a good idea for Rookie Realtor
to approve work they aren’t really authorized to approve. When a termite company shows up to a property
that no one is expecting to undergo termite work, what happens is a great big knee-jerk
reaction. Work is immediately halted, and all the other
parties involved need time to understand why really good looking termite professionals
came out of nowhere without consent and who is expected to foot the bill. By the time all of that gets figured out,
at least a day is lost and scheduling the work now goes to the back of the line for
the termite company losing even more time. This spectacularly bad idea is especially
problematic in condo or townhome communities (see Closing Escrow in HOAs). It’s a better idea to present the lender’s
termite-related preconditions as early in the process as possible so everyone involved
has the opportunity to approve and schedule properly. Third Rookie Realtor mistake, failing to coordinate
work and contractors. Here we are again with Rookie Realtor far
into the escrow timeline and no termite completion and certification to show. Fearing that it might upset people to know
that there is termite work which must be done but was not disclosed earlier in the process,
Rookie Realtor schedules termite work to be done in conjunction with other projects in
hopes that the termite work will “sneak in,” or will blend in with all the other
work and will go unnoticed. This doesn’t work because for two reasons. First, when either super good looking termite
professionals or not-so-super looking termite dudes show up to do work on a property, people
take notice. So, it doesn’t work no matter who you hire. Second, often termite work is not conducive
to allowing other work to be done. How can a painter paint when the wood is being
drilled and treated for termites? How can a roofer work when a house is being
tented? A better idea is to lay out all of the work
needed to be done to the property early enough in the escrow process to schedule the work
to be completed and develop appropriately as escrow unfolds. In short, your escrow time is not just paperwork
time. Escrow time is the time to get the necessary
repairs and work done in order to successfully clear escrow. Get your termite inspection done early and
that alone will set you up to have enough time to clear any termite-related hurdle well
before escrow is to be closed. We continue to be Southern California’s
preferred termite and pest control service provider. We pride ourselves in being the number one
provider of dependable and convenient termite inspection and services for escrow. Schedule a termite inspection with one of
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Ants treat comrades injured on the field of battle

Ants treat comrades injured on the field of battle


The Matabele ant’s strict termite diet means many of these ants’ days are spent in dangerous raids on these combative insects. The termites are no pushovers, which leaves many ants wounded after each raid. Researchers recently found that injured ants are often carried back to the nest by their fellow soldiers. Now they have discovered that once back at the nest, the injured ants’ wounds are treated by their nestmates, who spend time grooming the open wounds to clear debris, adding antimicrobial chemicals, and removing any pesky termites. And the treatment works. Ants treated within the first hour had a mortality rate of 10%, while ants that received no treatment had a mortality rate of 80%. Researchers found that lightly injured ants altered their behavior when near a returning column of ants. When nest-mates were close, they slowed their pace dramatically, signaling that they’re injured If the ants passed them by without help, the injured ant immediately started walking faster, following them back to the nest. Ants that lost five or more limbs in a termite battle were rarely helped back to the nest. Normally, when an injured ant is found, it curls up into a ball to allow for easy transport. Heavily injured ants, however, flail their remaining limbs about and spin on their backs, becoming so uncooperative that they’re left behind. Moving forward, researchers hope to find out if this grooming behavior simply prevents infection after termite skirmishes or if it could also be an effective treatment if an infectious disease attacks the colony.