Termite Home Invasion Timeline

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  • Termite Invasion Timeline

Swarming

  1.      Termites turn into larger, sexually mature “swarmers” with wing buds.
  2.      Swarmers leave the nest by flying through mud tubes.
  3.      These mud tubes connect underground colonies to food sources such as wood materials in houses.
  4.      Termites called supplementary reproductives “back-up” the primary queen by producing extra eggs & expanding the colony’s foraging territory.
  5.      If the colony queen dies or if a part of the colony is isolated from the queen, supplementary reproductives take on the role of the queen.
  6.      As a colony increases in size, foragers form satellite colonies: They create tunnel systems in the soil.
  7.      These tunnels connect colonies to food sources such wood materials in houses.

Budding

Not-So-Fun-Facts

  •         Termites swarm throughout the warm season, but not as much as during springtime.
  •         Colonies may swarm multiple times. Later swarms do not match the intensity of the first swarm.
  •         Subterranean termites swarm during the day, although Formosan termites (a species of subterranean termite) swarm at night.
  •         Swarm flights are brief, aided by prevailing winds.
  •         Winged termites do not fly too far but can be carried great distances by strong wind.

3 ways to get rid of termites…

  1.   Set up a cardboard trap.

Take a couple flat strips of cardboard, wet them, and stack them on one another in an area where termites are likely to be. Because termites feed on cellulose (cardboard), this makes for an excellent spot trap. When the cardboard is infested with termites, take it out in a safe area and burn it. Repeat multiple times, if necessary.

  1.   Try beneficial nematodes.

Beneficial nematodes are small unsegmented worm species that are natural parasites to garden pests, including termites. These nematodes search for hosts, such as termite larvae, and burrow into them, usually causing death within 48 hours.

  1.      Use rubber in lieu of wood mulch. Zero food source=zero termites.

http://thebugskiller.com/termite-infestation-detection-solution-and-prevention-tips/

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/05/26/realestate/your-home-coming-to-terms-with-termites.html

http://www.termites101.org/termite-basics/colonies

 

Choosing a Playground Safety Surface

When it comes to choosing a playground safety surface sometimes consumers have to balance safety and budget.

Many years ago my son was showing off for some young ladies at lunch on his middle school playground.  He attempted to jump out and slide down a fire pole and missed the pole falling about 7 feet.  Unfortunately he landed on his arm and broke it in two places and it affected the nerves in his arm.  He had to be moved an hour north to a children’s hospital and was given morphine to help with the pain.  He was a very adept violin player and thankfully the nerve damage corrected itself over time; that was a long summer.

That was a tough day for me as his school playground was woefully under code and had a thick mat of wood sticks that were so far from compliant/safe it was shameful.  The tough part was that I did not want to sue the school (they paid for his medical care) but my frustration was very high.

Over the last 15 years there have been a lot of playground mulch manufacturers and marketeers come and go.  One thing that sets us apart is that we are a small business where I, the owner, am here everyday and my employees are authorized to stop production for any reason if they even suspect there may be a quality issue.  We do not grind tires for a living – we make mulch for a living.  My staff are as concerned about the success of our customer’s projects as I am; often to a fault.  We don’t chase sales, we provide real lasting solutions for everyday homeowners.

We strive to manufacturer the highest quality products possible by using the best coatings and production technologies available while providing a great value for our customers. There are always going to be producers and marketeers that want to provide you with the lowest priced rubber mulch possible.

I am not going to skimp on our products to guarantee you that we will “never be beat”.  I don’t want a cut rate heart transplant, heaven forbid that day comes, and in the same way I do not think that children’s safety is a commodity.

That being said, I can assure you that our products are made with the highest commitment to your children and we will always provide you with the best pricing we can, but we will not ever put our employees in a position to shave a few pennies off our products at the risk of your project being a failure.  Below I have tried to outline some basic considerations for your backyard playground.

The three most common playground surfaces  are turf, wood mulch, and rubber mulch.  Each have their own pros and cons.

1) Turf/Grass as a Playground Surface

Pros:  Probably already exists and the only maintenance is mowing the lawn.  Cheapest by far.

Cons:  Kids wear turf thin under swings and slides which gets muddy.  Softer than              concrete but no real safety cushion.  Easy solution is to use swing mats so kids can          drag their feet without creating more work for Mom and Dad.

2) Wood Mulch as a Playground Surface

Pros: Inexpensive and when used at a 12″ depth provides a great cushion.

Cons:  High maintenance, decays quickly, must be kept very thick to provide a                   cushion, colored mulch bleeds color and can ruin clothes, needs replenished annually.

Rubber Mulch as a Playground Surface

Pros:  Highest safety rating per inch of depth over common materials used in playgrounds. High quality brands will not bleed color on kids and clothes.  Doesn’t decay or hold moisture. Typically lasts longer than children are interested in using the playset and can be re-purposed for landscape use down the road.

Cons:  Higher initial cost, requires a border system, attracts other kids from the neighborhood!

Overall we appreciate your time in reading this and invite you to take a look at our company, products, and methods via our video collection.  Any questions just let us know. We are always here to help.

 

Get More Mileage Out of Your Mulch!

One of the most common questions we are asked is “If I use 10 yards of wood mulch each year how much rubber mulch do I need?”

Unfortunately, no one can accurately answer that question as we don’t know exactly how thick the wood mulch was applied last, was it applied at a uniform depth, and if comparing to bags what size were the bags of wood mulch?Rubber Mulch calculator and estimator

Installing rubber mulch in a landscape is much like installing stone or decorative rock.  The difference between 2 inches deep and 3 inches deep will affect coverage by as much as 30%.  This is precisely why we ask for the square footage you would like to cover.

Measuring landscape beds or playground areas with curved or scalloped borders can seem daunting at first; but luckily we have a 3 step EZ Measure tutorial on our website.

You can save money on a playground rubber mulch installation by rounding the corners and keeping the rubber mulch areas confined to the safety zones under the play area.

No matter which type of installation you are measuring for, always try to create geometric shapes out of your areas by breaking it into smaller pieces.  Either use circles which can be calculated using 3.14 x radius squared, or squares and rectangles using length x width. Tally the total of all areas and then head to one of our handy rubber mulch calculators: landscape or playground to determine how much rubber mulch you need.

We always offer the best pricing we can.  That’s why we price most products by state…..take advantage of bundled product pricing too at www.shop.everlastrubbermulch.com

Swing Mats Make Safe Playgrounds

Playground and Swing and slide

With winter snow melting and the spring rainy season on it’s way, it is time to start thinking about how to keep your playgrounds safe and reduce maintenance time and costs.  A quick tune up of some key areas can pay big dividends for the rest of the year.  Kids love to drag their feet when swinging and they will inevitably leave a rut at the bottom of the slide.  A quick and easy solution for loose fill mulch; wood or rubber mulch-is to install swing mats under the equipment.

Divits and holes hold water and create trip hazards resulting in playground injuries.  Parents, grandparents, and managers will find that kids stay cleaner and safer when mats are installed.

We offer two styles of swing mats and they are very affordable check it out in our store.