Formosan Super Termites – Termite Treatment and Control

Formosan Super Termites – Termite Treatment and Control

Formosan termites, sometimes called the “Super Termite” are coming close to their time to begin swarming season. These are the termites with wings also called “alates”.The Eastern and Western subterranean termites swarm during the daylight hours but the Formosan termites prefer to swarm after sundown to midnight hours.termite treatment

Swarming termites do not eat wood. They have one sole purpose in the termite colony. That is to start new colonies. Most professionals agree that it usually takes a new colony, depending on conditions, 2-7 years to reach large enough numbers to start producing termite swarmers. Mature colonies can have as many as 1-10 million termites and can tunnel out as far as an acre to food sources. Because of the size of the colonies this Super Termite can cause a large amount of damage to a home on average in 3-6 months, eating as much as 13 ounces of material per day in your home.

Formosan termites will usually have a nest in the ground however besides reproducing faster than most other termites they can also make a nest in your home not requiring contact with the ground. This is done by creating a moisture carton nest. These types of colonies have been found in trees, utility poles, logs, and the walls of your home. These are aerial formations so when you see signs of termite damage it is important to identify what kind of termite it is so you can determine if there is a possibility of an aerial nest in your home. Native subterranean swarmers are usually black in color and Formosan swarmers are usually a pale yellowish-brown color. Identifying the rest of the termites by looking at the workers is nearly impossible for an amateur. However, if you see any termite soldiers then you may be able to distinguish between the Native termites and Formosan termites. The termite soldiers will have mandibles (pinchers) and the workers will not. The main difference is the shape of their head. A Formosan soldier’s head will be small and round shape like the workers. The Native termites have an elongated shape head unlike the rounded shaped head of the workers. Both the Native and Formosan termite soldiers’ heads will also be yellowish-brown in color as opposed to the worker’s heads being white like their bodies.

Let’s say you see termites swarming in your home. If they are coming out of your walls then there could possibly be a carton nest in your home. If they are entering from outside your home then this usually indicates they are coming from somewhere outside near your home. After finding a breeding site and pairing up, they will start a king and queen and then the beginning of a termite colony inside in your walls or outside in the ground has begun. In your home a few years later you could start seeing signs of termite damage like pinholes in your wall, by this time a lot of damage may have already been done.

Prevention is extremely important. Turn all the lights off in and around your home since the swarmers are highly attracted to light. Have your home inspected for any signs where excessive moisture may occur. For example, around any plumbing lines, roof gutters, faulty roof flashing, drip guards, broken roof tiles, corners of your home, window and doors frames, fireplaces, anything placed against the house, etc. Termites require water so without a water source they usually will not be able to survive more than a few days.

Because Formosan termites reproduce so quickly and can recolonize (meaning that there could also be more than one nest carton in your home) almost anywhere, it is vital to prevent an infestation before it occurs. If you’re live in an area where you know you get termites swarming around your home at night you should have your home inspected and treated for prevention. This would be a lot cheaper in most cases than paying for damage caused by the termites which has been reported as high as 2 billion dollars in the U.S. in one year. For More information about general Pest Control Clik here

Orthodontic Treatment – Get It Started Early

Orthodontic Treatment – Get It Started Early

Orthodontic treatment does not have to be an exercise in frustration and angst for our patients. We want to make sure you know what is going on every step of the way—which is just one more element of our signature Southern hospitality. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends checking for early intervention by the time a child is seven. No referral from your general dentist is necessary. In fact, some general dentists may be unaware of the early signs of dental “malocclusions” or the tooth and jaw relationship that should be addressed by an orthodontist.orthodontic treatment

We offer early intervention services like exams for crowding, skeletal growth, and looking for teeth that are not coming in appropriately. We sometimes use palatal expanders, which are a plastic or metal device that fits to the roof of a child’s mouth and gradually makes more room for adult teeth. However, when it’s possible, we do prefer to wait to treat patients until all their adult teeth have erupted, between the ages of twelve and thirteen. There are myriad benefits to waiting, among them fewer missed school days; lower incidence of patient–and parent–burnout; and more mature patients means better oral hygiene, and longer-lasting results with less cost but all the while still having the growth of the jaws that can be utilized in the pre-teen and teen years.

According to research from top tier Universities such as University of North Carolina, University of Florida, and University of Manchester, early intervention orthodontic treatment is not as beneficial for children as was assumed. In other words, for many problems there is no harm in waiting until teeth have come in. Together you, your child and the orthodontist can determine what is best for your child in any of these situations:

Habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or mouth breathing.
Problems with baby teeth–early loss or late arrival.
Upper front teeth that stick out may be more prone to injury or trauma.
Crowding of front or back teeth
Difficulty with chewing or biting.

Crossbite of the front or back teeth–this may cause asymmetric growth in the jaws, bone and gum loss of certain teeth that may be in crossbite, or an embarrassing appearance. More on this website

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Houston’s The Woodlands Is A Sheltering Forest
If you think Texas is all prairie dotted with cactus, you’ll be delightfully surprised to learn that much of the eastern

If you think Texas is all prairie dotted with cactus, you’ll be delightfully surprised to learn that much of the eastern portion of the state is thick with woods, including the bedroom community known as the Woodlands, 27 miles north of downtown Houston.

double check this. The Woodlands is one of the largest master-planned communities in the state, with over 30,000 acres in the East Texas Piney Woods and a population of over 75,000. Local Realtors say the area is so popular that it seems to weather any economic storm or housing recession. In fact, they say, The Woodlands is hot.

Realtor Rosa Jimenez explains the community’s appeal.

“You will feel like you are in a forest,” says Jimenez. “The Woodlands is a totally wooded community made up of multiple villages for a small-town atmosphere. A river walk much like the one in San Antonio is under construction which will run behind the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion where many concerts are held.”

Editor’s note: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion is one of the most distinguished outdoor concert facilities in the nation.

Advises Jimenez, “Home prices are on the rise and there is still an influx of buyers. Homes that have been well maintained and have good curb appeal are not lasting long on the market. There are many first-time buyers ready to buy, but with inventory so low, many are finding it difficult finding a home. The best advice I can give a buyer in today’s market is not to take too much time deciding on making an offer on a home they like. If it looks good and you like it, go for it.”

Jimenez also suggests that buyers make an educated offer.

“What I mean by that is this is not the time to try and get a bargain,” says Jimenez. “If you don’t buy it, there are at least two or three other buyers waiting in the wings. By waiting you may just be spending more money in the long run because prices continue to rise. This is particularly true with builders. Some builders have an average of 10 price increases a year. By waiting you will be spending more down the line.”

“The Woodlands was designed to maintain the forest while creating a hometown atmosphere where people live, work, and play while enjoying peaceful surroundings,” says Realtor Jim Waters. “Quality of life is available in this community.

“Current market conditions seem to be mostly influenced by the price range. Below $150,000 it is a seller’s market, where you can expect rising prices. Around $200,000 is still a mild seller’s market giving stable to rising prices. Above $300,000 it is more of a buyer’s market, level to falling prices expected. Above $500,000 is slow with little activity. Overall, expect a standoff between the seller’s market and buyer’s market. I predict that the market will remain “level” in near future with lower price ranges to experience high demand and increasing prices.”

“The market in The Woodlands remains a rock even when other areas falter somewhat,” says Realtor Lewis Walker. “With consumer confidence shattered in the upper price ranges for the past few months there appears to be a revival of activity in The Woodlands and the Houston market as a whole.

“As the year moves forward and the economy shows strength, the $400,000 and up market is steadily improving,” says Walker. “A strong year is anticipated. What is foreseen is a bounce back unprecedented because this time it is built from the bottom with the lower-end housing leading the charge up the stairway to higher value ranges. There is a window of opportunity to rush into purchasing before we see the anticipated price rise and absorption of standing inventories. It is a buyers market for all price ranges but is quickly becoming a sellers market over $300,000.”

“Home sales for the first quarter of this year, both new and resale, were at an all time high in Harris and Montgomery Counties,” says Realtor James L. Ramey. “New home builders continue to increase their prices on a regular basis, thereby driving up the prices of resale homes as well. Production cannot keep up with the demand. Resale homes sell quickly (if priced correctly), yet the buyers are buying them at a lower price than they will be next month! A true win-win situation. The adage “buy it today because it will cost more tomorrow” was never more true than when referring to property in Harris and Montgomery Counties.”
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