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

 

Summer Brings Weeds Even in Rubber Mulch

Even though our rubber mulch products can reduce weed growth by up to 95%, weeds can be difficult to control especially if they are not addressed properly.  Tips for installation are here.

Proper landscape bed preparation is key to a low maintenance garden.  This includes identifying the soil conditions and weed seed prior to mulching and acting accordingly. Pre-emergents are immensely helpful in cutting down new weed growth encouraged by fresh mulch and the moisture it will retain.

Once new rubber mulch is installed, proper weed identification is key to eradicating them. In the South, we often see a long ropy grass that we know as “torpedo grass”.  This plant is an invasive weed and is difficult to kill as standard glyphosate (Round Up) based products have little to no effect.  We have found that diquat and glyphosate applied multiple times over a ten day period will knock this plant down if not kill it completely.

Another invasive difficult to control weed is nutsedge.  This weed has to be treated with a product specifically designed for it.  The plant has underground nutlets that turn in to new plants when the main plant is pulled…..again glyphosate is ineffective against this variety.

Unfortunately, the world is an incredibly diverse place and plants are very persistent as we have all seen weeds growing through concrete and asphalt!  There are no silver bullets for landscape weed control and selecting the proper tools to control invasive weeds is key.  Rubber mulch will perform as advertised when applied properly and is a huge step towards creating a low maintenance landscape.