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Fun Facts About Termites

Termites have a terrible reputation that strikes fear into the hearts of the owners of residential and commercial property owners almost everywhere. While it can be tough to look beyond their destructive appetites, these insects are actually intriguing creatures. How much do you really know about termites? Here are a few fun facts to spark your curiosity. A Global Phenomenon With more than 2,500 species of termites in the world, it's not surprising that these industrious insects are found on almost every continent. While different species prefer different conditions, termites are not fond of low temperatures, so there are no termites in Antarctica. Roughly 40 species are found in the United States. In fact, subterranean termites are found in every state except Alaska. In for a Penny Termites are often called silent invaders because they slip into buildings and feast on wood and other similar materials unnoticed. How do they manage...
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5 Things You Might Be Doing That Attracts Pests in Your Home?

Insects and small animals such as mice are always looking for new places to live. If you aren’t careful, your home could become a prime target. Aside from the nasty germs, you also have to consider the potential property damage that could occur. Here are five things you may be doing to attract pests to your home. Failing to Maintain Your Yard Not only does keeping your yard neat enhance your property’s appearance, but it also helps deter pests. If you fail to do things such as mow your lawn and collect old leaves, your home will ultimately become a hot spot for certain pests. Simple tasks, such as cleaning your rain gutters, can make a big difference as well. Providing Reliable Sources Like you, pests need reliable sources of food and water. Don’t make it easy for pests by providing these necessities. After eating a meal, some families have a...
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Are There Different Species of Termites?

Entomologists have identified approximately 2,000 species of termites worldwide and 45 species in the United States. The behavior and biology of each species impact the preferred environment, nest location and propensity to attack homes. The various species are broadly classified as either subterranean, drywood or dampwood termites. In Georgia, one type of drywood and two types of subterranean termites are the most common varieties found. Eastern Subterranean Termites Eastern subterranean termites are extremely common in 36 of the 48 continental states. In addition to the economic impact these termites have on the timber industry, approximately 20 percent of all homes built in areas of high activity will be or have been attacked by these particularly voracious termites. Eastern subterranean termites typically build underground nests that are between the water table and the frost line. They then construct mud tubes to travel between the nest and food sources. These mud tubes are...
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The Difference Between Bees and Wasps

Fearing the sting, people often use the term "bee" to describe any flying insect striped in yellow and black. Meanwhile, the insect in question may or may not be a bee. In fact, it may instead be a wasp, a quite different type of flying, stinging insect. While bees and wasps are related, their differences are significant for identifying as well as treating them. Know the Difference Shape While there are a number of types of bees and numerous types of wasps, a quick means of identification is the insect’s waist. Honey bees, bumblebees and carpenter bees all have a rather fat middle where their thorax connects to their abdomen. In contrast, members of the wasp family—paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud daubers and cicada killers—all sport a distinctively pinched wasp waist between their well-defined thorax and abdomen. This more aerodynamic design lends wasps the remarkable maneuverability and speed that bees...
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How often should I get my gutters cleaned?

Regular gutter cleaning is a key part of a well-planned home maintenance routine. Debris and excess moisture can cause a host of hazards in and around your house. But how often should you have your gutters cleaned? Find out as the team at Flexible Pest Services weighs in. Damage from Clogged Gutters Cleaning the gutters may not be high on your list of priorities. Whether you hate climbing ladders or simply forget to schedule regular gutter cleanings, you may be like many homeowners who neglect this essential task. But did you know that dirty, clogged gutters can cause the following problems? Pests Rotten wood Wet basements Mold and mildew Foundation damage Don't risk causing costly damage to your home. Whether you go it alone or skip the hassle and dangers of doing it yourself, create a gutter cleaning schedule that works for your situation. How Often Gutters Should Be Cleaned Most...
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