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Do you have termites? Louisiana termite Control Experts

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Termites are known as “silent destroyers” due to their constant gnawing and ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Termites can feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week and according to the NPMA, cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – an expense typically not covered by homeowners insurance.

J&J Exterminating offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint.
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

Homeowners who notice signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan

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Hawaii Leads The Nation In Developing Methods To Prevent Homes And Buildings From Being Attacked By Termites

Of the nearly 3,000 termite species that have been documented so far, it is believed that only around 1 percent of termite species are invasive. A large amount of these invasive termite pest species find their way onto the Hawaiian islands, despite Hawaii being the most isolated land mass in the world. Non-native termite pests find their way onto the Hawaiian islands by means of trading vessels, high tourism rates and military traffic, as Hawaii contains a significant amount of US troops that travel to exotic locations before returning to military bases in Hawaii. Of course, this also explains why termite infestation rates are particularly high within military bases in Hawaii. Eighty five percent of all food and 98 percent of all goods in Hawaii are imported, but only a very small amount of these goods are inspected upon arriving in Hawaii. Due to the high amount of insects that have been transported to Hawaii by means of the above mentioned factors, the state has been called the invasive insect capital of the world. This is a fitting nickname, as seven of the eight termite species that are known to dwell in Hawaii are invasive. Due to the high invasive termite population within Hawaii’s small area of land, protecting homes from termite attacks is of the utmost importance on the islands. This is why Hawaii has been leading the nation in the development of methods to prevent termites from attacking timber-framed structures.

Hawaii has long played a primary role in the development of wood preservatives that are designed to repel termites. Hawaii has long been used to test the efficacy of anti-termite wood preservatives due to the state’s uniquely dense population of termite pests. Hawaii is the only US state that requires lumber to be pressure-treated as a preventative measure against termite attacks. In other US regions, only counties have passed similar forms of legislation, as no statewide laws concerning termite-resistant wood treatments have been passed. Several attempts to implement statewide laws concerning anti-termite treatments to structural wood were undertaken in Louisiana during an outbreak of Formosan subterranean termites during 1999 and 2000. Unfortunately, no bills of this sort passed in the state, as lumber distributors were resistant to such legislation. Today, Hawaii remains the only US state with strict termite control laws concerning home and building construction. However, the state of Florida is beginning to follow Hawaii’s example, as invasive termites are even more abundant in southern Florida than anywhere else in the world. Experts believe that the annual five billion dollars spent on termite control and termite damage repairs in the US would decrease dramatically if all US states enacted the same anti-termite laws that have proven successful in Hawaii.

Do you believe that more anti-termite regulations in the construction industry are needed to control invasive termite damage within the US?

Which Homes Are At The Greatest Risk Of Becoming Infested With Termites? What Factors Make A Home Vulnerable To Termite Attacks?

Of course, some houses and buildings stand a greater risk of becoming infested with termites than other houses and buildings. Considering that termites cause at least 5 billion dollars per year in property damage in the United States and up to 60 billion per year worldwide, you can understand why the government wants to minimize the degree of termite pest damage inflicted on structures located on public and private property. In order to protect homes from costly termite attacks, many state laws in the US require construction contractors to follow certain regulations that aim to minimize termite attacks. For example, many states are now requiring construction contractors to apply termiticide chemical barriers within the ground soil surrounding new houses. Most working contractors are also required to use only lumber that has been chemically or pressure treated to repel termites. There exists many more regulations, and in order to enforce these regulations, both private and government employed pest control inspectors and housing appraisers are trained to assess houses for their chances of becoming infested with termites.

According to data, termite attacks occur more frequently outside of homes than they do inside of homes. Landscaping structures and fences see the greatest degree of termite damage when it comes to residential properties. Therefore, properties with fences and wood-constructed landscaping structures are at a particularly high risk of sustaining termite damage. The age of a home is the most telling factor concerning a home’s chances of sustaining termite damage. One study found that houses aged 30 years or less had the lowest rates of termite attack, and houses over 70 years of age had the highest rates of termite attack. Certain features of houses, and the properties they are located on, can make homes unusually vulnerable to falling victim to permanent termite infestations. Houses that have active termite damage or signs of past damage are obviously at the greatest risk of becoming infested permanently. A homeowner’s history of termite inspections is also a factor in determining a home’s chances of incurring a permanent termite infestation. Not surprisingly, homes that have undergone a relatively small amount of termite inspections, or none at all, are at a much greater risk of becoming infested with termites for life.

If you are a homeowner, do you believe that you take the proper precautions to protect your home from termite attacks?

The Earliest Forms Of Termite Control Will Shock You

The Earliest Forms Of Termite Control Will Shock You

Chemical insecticides are more common than all other forms of termite control, and for good reason. To put it simply, chemical insecticides are easily the most reliable and effective forms of termite control. However, most experts agree that alternative termite control measures will be developed in the near future as technology continues to advance. Many different ideas concerning the successful eradication and control of termites have been suggested over the years. Some of these ideas even became pest-control products. But most non-chemical forms of termite control have been dismissed as unreliable and ultimately ineffective.

Back in 1957, when the pest control industry was in its infancy, a group of researchers examined the efficacy of using sand to prevent termite infestations. Some people used to pour sand around the borders of their homes, as termites cannot easily get passed sand barriers. This is due to the size and relative dryness of sand grains. Termites cannot make tunnels through sand very well, as sand is not as pliable as moist soil. Sand-grains are also sometimes too large for single termites to transport. According to researchers, lab and field tests suggested that using sand as a method to prevent termite infestations would yield inconsistent results. Sometimes the sand would work as a useful barrier, but other times termites would find a way past sand barriers. However, it was suggested that the sand used in the study was not the proper type. It is possible that the size of the sand-grains used did not meet the requirements of the study.

Another suggested method of termite control is known as “whole structure heating”. This method was first examined by academic experts back in the 1970’s. Although drywood termites can tolerate high temperatures better than subterranean termites, it does not take an excessively high degree of heat to kill termites. Theoretically, the application of a proper degree of heat should kill all termites within an applied area. However, studies have shown that using heat to kill termites may not always eradicate an infestation. These occasional failures are likely due to “heat sinks”, which are areas in a home that are particularly difficult to heat. For example, the temperature of soil beneath cold concrete may not become hot enough to eradicate termites that may be present in the area. Other ideas included the use of electric shocks and microwaves for controlling termite populations. Fumigants, and the application of chemicals in soil have repeatedly demonstrated the highest degree of efficacy in published studies.

Do you think that electronic forms of termite surveillance or population control will become available to either pest control professionals, or to the public, or both in the near future?

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