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A Sculptress Puts Termites To Work For Her Own Profit

Filed under: Termite Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:18 pm November 27, 2017

A Sculptress Puts Termites To Work For Her Own Profit

Whatever your opinion may be concerning modern art, there is no doubt that creating “meaningful” works of art is now a bit easier to pull off than it once was. Ever since somebody laid a toilet down sideways and explained how it relates to the human condition, so called “modern artists” have dominated the artworld. These artists replaced the more classical artists that were known for painting extraordinarily realistic images of humans and their surroundings. These classical pieces of art were impressive since they could not be created by just anybody. But the modern trend of profound finger-paintings has allowed for some strange artforms and practices to emerge. For example, one woman from Poland does not even build the sculptures that she displays as art; instead she outsources that skill to termites.

Most of you are aware that termites build mounds that serve as nests. These mounds have fascinated people for thousands of years on account of their complicated designs that appear time consuming. Sometimes these mounds are short and unremarkable, but some are nearly thirty feet high with multiple air conditioned structures. So why not take advantage of this interesting aspect of termite nature by taking these mounds for yourself, then adding your own spin and calling it “art”. This is exactly what Agnieszka Kurant from Poland did, and she is becoming a respected artist around the world for her idea. Agnieszka Kurant uses desert termites to build her sculptures. Kurant works with scientists and researchers with different universities, such as the University of Florida, to gather termites in order to have them create mounds for her. Kurant will add to the work by giving the termite workers interesting materials to use for mound building. These materials include artificially and naturally colored sand, gold, and crystals. The results look like colorful and/or shiny termite mounds, much like you would assume. Kurant’s work is being displayed in respectable locations like the Guggenheim. Whatever opinions you may have concerning Kurant’s art, she has certainly found a creative way of making money.

Do you consider Kurant an “artist”, or are the termites the real artists? Is their any art to termite mounds at all?

A House-Flipper Sells A Dangerous Termite Infested Home After Refusing Inspections

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Termite Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:04 am November 13, 2017

A House-Flipper Sells A Dangerous Termite Infested Home After Refusing InspectionsTermite Control

Many people have made fortunes by “flipping” homes. This term refers to the act of buying a cheap, but badly damaged home so that it can be renovated and resold in order to make a hefty profit. According to many experienced and licensed home inspectors, home-sellers can sometimes go to extreme efforts to cover up damages within a home. Not surprisingly, house-flippers are guilty of this sort of deception more often than other types of real estate salespeople. Of course, it would not be fair to claim that house-flippers are inherently dishonest. But after a few years of buying and selling renovated homes, it would become easy to utilize cheap methods of “home improvement” in order to maximize profits. According to James Brock, a state-licensed home inspector, and owner of Boston Home Inspectors, most home inspectors have learned to suspect flipped houses of containing deliberately hidden damages. Brock recently inspected a home that had extensive termite damage. The damage had been covered by the owners in order to sell the home at a price higher than what the home was worth. These deceptions, although common, sometimes sneak by home inspectors. Other times, homeowners fail to have a home inspected at all before putting their property on the market. Recently a flipper sold a home that looked good at a glance, but it contained numerous termite related damages that had been hidden from the buyer.

Not long ago in Virginia, a woman named Heather Wooden purchased a home that she thought was perfect. Soon after moving in, Wooden learned that carpet had been placed over badly rotted and termite damaged wood floors. Some areas below the house had revealed termite damaged wood that was only being held together by dozens of nails. The home was previously owned and sold by professional flipper Andrew Marscheider. While Marscheider was working on the home’s renovations, officials with Virginia Beach Permits and Inspection ordered Marscheider to stop work on the house. Marscheider was only allowed to resume renovations on the home after complying with the city’s order that he obtain a permit for structural repairs. He was also ordered to make arrangements to have the home’s subfloor completely replaced. Permits and Inspections Administrator Cheri Hainer claimed that Marscheider never obtained this permit. Despite not complying with state law, Marscheider sold the home anyway. Hainer also claimed that a licensed government inspector had never visited the home. This dispute will be resolved in court.

Have you ever been told that your home was infested with termites by a professional home inspector?

 

 

How Do Termites Survive Drops In Temperature And Water Shortages?

Filed under: Termite Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:19 pm August 31, 2017

How Do Termites Survive Drops In Temperature And Water Shortages?

Termites are tiny creatures that do not move around fast, so they must take care to avoid areas that are too hot or too cold. Termites are particularly picky about their surrounding heat and moisture levels. Termites will not forage in areas that are not within a certain temperature and moisture range. Termites prefer temperatures in between seventy five and ninety five degrees fahrenheit. Termites will perish quickly if an environment’s temperature rises above one hundred degrees or below twenty five degrees. Even though termites are not the speediest of insects, they make it their priority to remain within areas where the temperature level is ideal.

Over the course of a year, temperatures fluctuate dramatically in all regions of the US. When consuming the cellulose in a log, for example, termites will respond to temperature changes by moving from the outer to inner portions of a log. Subterranean termites, the most common termite pests in the United States, will respond to temperature change by digging several feet below the soil’s surface, where temperatures are less variable and more steady. These same termites will also find shade during the hotter summer days when the soil is too hot. During the winter in colder regions, like the midwest, subterranean termites will dig as far as forty feet below the soil’s surface, where they remain in an inactive state for a period of time. Other termites can overwinter within logs. If termites are found overwintering, they may appear frozen, but they soon regain movement when heated.

The amount of moisture termites require varies among species. For example, drywood termites retain all the moisture they need from the wood that they consume, even if the infested wood appears dry. However, subterranean termites require a relatively large amount of water in order to survive, so constant access to water is a requirement for these termites. Subterranean termites prefer moist wood, and they even possess “water sacs” for storing water. This stored water is used during tunnel construction, as the water helps soften and form the dirt tunnels. This is why dry termite mud-tubes that protrude from the ground, are likely old and unused tubes where subterranean termites were once active. Too much water is also a possibility. Subterranean termites will evade large pools of water, and Formosan termites are killed by frequent southern floodwaters. On the other hand, dampwood termites can tolerate high volumes of water that would be devastating for any other type of termite.

 

Why do you think different termite species all developed different bodily reactions to water?