Historic buildings have a character that most modern buildings can’t replicate. From the detailed craftsmanship to the architecture, their charm and cultural significance are uncanny. Unfortunately, because of their age, they can have more pest problems than modern buildings. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that modern buildings have more advanced pest control measures used from the beginning of construction, as the foundation is required to be pre-treated for termites whereas historic properties were most likely regulated under outdated code and pest control techniques. The other reason is that the longer a building has existed the more time pests have to burrow into its infrastructure. Other pest issues specific to older buildings are:
National Geographic recently published a gallery of ant portraits photographed by Eduard Florin Nigra. He has produced a series of ant “headshots” that is quoted as “[opening] a door to a completely new world.” The ant portraits are incredible and really do give us a unique insight into these fascinating creatures. The ants were photographed along with many other species for Nigra’s recently published book Ants: Workers of the World. He said his goal in producing the book is to highlight the fascinating microscopic universe that exists around us but one of which is usually impossible to see. Take a look for yourself for this incredible photography and to read more about his study.
The warmer weather brings us outside to take care of all those outdoor tasks we weren’t able to do during the cold winter months. This is the perfect time of year to take care of them, especially in this part of the country because it isn’t too hot yet and it’s not too cold. One of the first items on the to-do list is the landscaping. I love planting new flowers and sprucing up the flowerbeds brightening up the exterior of my home. However, did you know that using mulch too close to your home’s foundation could attract termites? Check out these things around your home that could be inviting termites to come on over:
It’s true that termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year in the United States. Unfortunately, this cost is usually not covered by homeowners insurance. That is why it is important to proactively prevent these pests from establishing a colony in and around your home. It’s no wonder when people find wood rot that they often assume the worst-case scenario, a termite infestation. How do you tell the difference?
Termites have been around for millions of years. In fact, a 2015 article published by BBC.com says they are the oldest society on earth that was first created about 200 million years ago. The termite society is extremely successful due to their ability to get along with each other, allowing them adaptability when they are threatened.
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