Technician Tales: Mass Termite Burial

Although, pests and animals are usually creatures of habit they are still full of surprises and will often go against the norm of what they are expected to do.  Recently, we were out on a termite call and found what seemed to be a mass burial of termites.

This picture above was taken inside of a garage.  The reason this picture is so unique is because termite workers do not like to be exposed to elements such as light, etc, which is why they build tunnels.  The termites in the photo had actually swarmed out of a pin sized hole in the garage slab out into the open.  Normally, after realizing that their new path had led to exposure they would have sealed off their path so others couldn’t travel out to be exposed and die.  Instead, the workers continued to emerge from the hole in the garage slab and gathered all of the dead workers into a pile…like a mass burial.

This is extremely uncommon and left our representatives baffled.  It just goes to show you that Nature has a mind of its own.

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10 Facts About Roaches

Cockroaches are out and about!  Here are 10 facts about the creepy crawlers that you may not have known.

  1. Crushed cockroaches can help ease a sting when applied to the wounded area.
  2. Cockroaches have white blood.
  3. Roaches primarily come out for water, not food.
  4. Cockroaches can live a month without food, but only a week without water.
  5. A roach can live a week without a head. It dies after a week due to lack of water.
  6. A cockroach that has just shed it’s skin is white and has black eyes. It takes 8 hours to reproduce the skin layer.
  7. Laboratory female roaches are able to reproduce without aid of a male. They produce all female offspring.
  8. Cockroaches thrive in all conditions.  They can live in the arctic as well as the desert.
  9. Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches can bite.  The larger roaches have even been known to bite humans.
  10. Roaches don’t only live in dirty homes.  Roaches can live in the walls of clean homes but they have larger colonies in less clean homes because there is a bigger food supply available.
 

Calling All Realtors!

Did you know that Northwest Exterminating offers Continuing Education classes for Georgia Realtors?  We offer 7 classes that earn agents 3 credit hours.  Not only do we offer the CE classes but we come to you!!  Our Realtor Team can come to your office or a location of your choice.

Construction and Termites – This course is a visually detailed view of the construction process, as it relates to termites, and the various termite treatment methods used in new construction. A discussion of clearance letters and Form II’s is also included.

Builder One – If you are selling new construction homes, this class is a must! This is an in-depth course for builders and agents discussing the real termite problem, comparing construction foundations and explaining the termite treatments for each. An explanation of termite warranties is also provided.

Wildlife – What is in your attic? – Critters causing commotion? This course encompasses an extensive study of the problems and the preventative solutions available to homeowners concerning a wide variety of pests including rodents, snakes and bats.

Pest Damage Identification and Control Methods – GAR Approved.  Bugs, bugs, bugs! This class is specifically designed to help agents identify different types of termite damage and nonstructural threats. The differences between termites and ants and various other bugs are also discussed.

Going Green – Construction, Conservation and Pest Prevention – Is your environment important to you? This course is primarily to help Real Estate Agents and Appraisers understand the importance of our ever changing environment and how the Real Estate community can impact our conservation efforts.

Staying Ahead of the Competition – Don’t be caught off guard by the FHA/VA stumbling blocks! This class instructs the agent on Form II restrictions, GAR revisions, and the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Report. Conducive conditions for termites are also covered in this class.

What’s Bugging You? – Don’t be scared…be prepared! Topics covered in this class include ants, flies, household bugs, insects that bite or sting, spiders, bed bugs, and prevention and control methods.

For more information, go to our website for the dates of our currently scheduled classes.  Check in often for class schedule updates.

To schedule a Continuing Education class for Realtors in your office, contact Northwest’s Real Estate Team.