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Winter Pest Prevention Tips

Winter Pest Prevention Tips:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the structure using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep exterior doors shut at all times.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
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Termites Use Poop to Fight Biological Warfare

The Formosan subterranean termite (<em>Coptotermes formosanus</em>), which is responsible for most of the economic damage termites inflict.
The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus), which is responsible for most of the economic damage termites inflict.
Credit: T. Chouvenc, Univ. of Florida.

Termites may use their own poop as a source of natural antibiotics, researchers say.

These findings might help explain why human attempts to kill them using biological warfare have failed over the past 50 years, scientists added.

The amount of damage termites inflict economically may exceed $40 billion worldwide. Over the past half-century, more than 125 research teams in more than 35 countries have tried to develop fungi and bacteria to fight termites as environmentally friendly and effective ways to control the pests. However, these attempts have repeatedly failed, since termites have evolved a range of defense mechanisms that help protect them against such diseases.