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Are There Different Species of Termites?

In the U.S., there are three primary types of termites and a total of 45 different species that are divided among each type. The three primary types of termites include subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites. The different types of termites have their own unique biology, which affects the areas of the U.S. in which they live and the damage that they cause. Subterranean Termites A member of the family Rhinotermitidae, subterranean termites live under the ground. These insects build the biggest nests out of any other type of insect in the U.S. Subterranean termites build mud tubes that connect from their nests to their sources of food, including the timbers of your home. These termites live in all U.S. states except Alaska. Subterranean termites cause the most damage to homes in the U.S. In Arizona, arid-land subterranean and desert subterranean termite species may both be found. Drywood Termites Drywood termites live...
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Carpenter Ant or Termite? Know What They Look Like

Ants and termites – two similar pests with very similar characteristics. These crawling insects prefer to live outdoors but oftentimes find their way indoors to search for food and shelter. Though they're similar in size and anatomy, they differ with their dietary habits. Ants like sweets, and termites enjoy wood. The Main Difference Between Ants and Termites Some ant species, such as carpenter ants, are most like termites as they build their nests in wood. The key difference is that carpenter ants don't consume the wood as they chew and build tunnels. They only want to burrow deep into the wood so that they can have a secure place in which to raise their young. Termites also build their nests in wood. However, they devour the wood as they expand into the structure. Whereas carpenter ants only leave behind small holes and tunnels, termites leave nothing behind. They feed on the...
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Differences Between Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees have similar characteristics, so there is often significant confusion about the differences between these insects. Both wasps and bees build large dwellings to protect their queens, and they both rely on a network of honeycombs to protect young larvae. Wasps and bees are also both winged insects with stingers that people know instinctively to avoid. Understanding the differences between wasps and bees is important since different pest control methods should be used depending on which type of winged insects you need to eliminate. Differences Between Wasps and Bees Biologists classify both wasps and bees as members of the Hymenoptera order, but there are significant dissimilarities between their physical characteristics. Wasps have smooth skin while bees have distinctive fur on their abdomens. Bees form hives while wasps form nests. Bees tend to form large hives of about 75,000 insects while wasp nests often contain less than 100 insects. Bees...
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4 Tips to Prevent Pests from Entering Your Pantry

If you have pests inside your home, you should take immediate action to prevent them from finding sources of food. Pests that find food can lay eggs, and then you could face the nightmare of having a full infestation inside your home. Pantries are one of the main areas inside a home where pests look for food, so you should take steps to prevent pests from getting into your food supply. By taking the right steps to keep pests away from your food, you can keep your family safe and avoid attracting pests to your home in the future. 1. Cover Food Items Pests often enter a home when they can smell the scent of food. You should keep your food sealed with plastic bags and airtight containers that will eliminate smells that can attract pests. If food does not come with resealable packaging, avoid using rubber bands or bag clips...
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Tips for Keeping Ants Off of Your Property This Spring

Every year, at least 82 percent of American homes have a problem with pests of one kind or another. While ants aren't the most dangerous pests in the world, they're certainly the most common. Here are a few tips to keep ants at bay this spring. Clean Your Home's Interior Often It goes without saying that ants are attracted to the food crumbs you'll find in pretty much any kitchen in the country. Vacuuming carpets and sweeping floors on a regular basis will go a long way towards reducing the likelihood of an infestation. Install Plants That Ants Can't Stand With a little creative landscaping, you can transform your yard into a formidable barrier that discourages ant colony proliferation. Chrysanthemums, spearmint and citronella grass are all proven ant repellents. If you like to grow produce, garlic is another plant species that ants can't seem to stand. Fumigate All Residential Spaces When...
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