Termites can help predict the impact of climate change
As it turns out termites, those pesky critters that can destroy your families home may actually help predict the ecological changes shaped by climate change. According to the study by the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology termites are careful builders that locate their mounds in areas with the right balance of moisture and drainage and this intuitive understanding of geology and hydrology can help explain how a local ecosystem might evolve. “By understanding the patterns of the vegetation and termite mounds over different moisture zones, we can project how the landscape might change with climate change,” explains co-author Greg Asner.
Hulett recommends the following tips to keep ants from marching into your property this Summer:
- Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
- Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly
- Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food
- Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk
- Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
- Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house
- If you see signs of an ant infestation in the home, contact a licensed pest professional promptly.