Ask DJ Lyons: Home Office Renovations Day 6

My home office is being re-done

My home office in our log cabin is being completely re-done. On day 6 of the renovations, Chuck came in and sprayed for termites.

He also will help deal with those drain pipes, get estimates on replacing the windows, and look into the chinking issue so we can paint the room before the final Rosewood Laminant gets in place.

I learned from watching the termite videos shown below that termites like moisture, can get in 1/8 of an inch cracks, and like wood lying up close to the house or wooden debris. We have certainly had all these situations.

My husband and I plan to live in this house for many years to come. He says "for the rest of our lives." It could very well be that since it will be paid off in less than three years. In any case, we want this room done right. What a blessing these 3 handymen are! I am so grateful to them!

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Bayer Advanced Carpenter Ant & Termite Killer Plus with Battery-Operated Sprayer

Chuck, our 3rd handyman, dropped by Lowe's and purchased this solution to treat my new home office for termites. He discovered that the spray nozzle was battery operated. He was so pleased with how it works that he plans to purchase one for his own home as well.

He treated the inside of this room. He left the rest of the bottle so that my husband could treat the outside of our house as well.






















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Chuck treating for Termite Prevention

Chuck is liberally spraying all throughout the room, treating for termite prevention.

When my husband explained what some people have to go through to get their termite-infested houses treated, I could appreciate Chuck's efforts on our behalf even more strongly. Thank you, Chuck!





















Termites - The best way to get rid of termites part I

Termite Educational Video

It makes me wonder ...

Watching these two videos makes me wonder if part of all that debris that my husband and I shoveled up this past weekend might have been caused by termites. Chuck told my husband that termites would be attracted to those wood chips, etc. I wonder now whether they had previously caused some of those wood chips in the first place. Of course, some of that was caused from the floor being torn apart and removed.

I certainly hope we have not had previous infestations of termites. Hopefully, this solution Chuck bought from Lowe's will do the trick.

Termite Books

Termites and Borers: A Home-Owner's Guide to their Detection, Prevention and Control
Termites and Borers: A Home-Owner's Guide to their Detection, Prevention and Control

A consumer-oriented and compact handbook written in plain English for a general audience with an interest in protecting their home against termites (and other timber pests such as borers). The revision brings the book right up to date, discussing new termite detection techniques, as well as treatment options for termite infestations.

 
Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis
Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis

Biology of Termites, a Modern Synthesis brings together the major advances in termite biology, phylogenetics, social evolution and biogeography. In this new volume, David Bignell, Yves Roisin and Nathan Lo have brought together leading experts on termite taxonomy, behaviour, genetics, caste differentiation, physiology, microbiology, mound architecture, biogeography and control. Very strong evolutionary and developmental themes run through the individual chapters, fed by new data streams from molecular sequencing, and for the first time it is possible to compare the social organisation of termites with that of the social Hymenoptera, focusing on caste determination, population genetics, cooperative behaviour, nest hygiene and symbioses with microorganisms. New chapters have been added on termite pheromones, termites as pests of agriculture and on destructive invasive species.

 
Termites: Hardworking Insect Families (Insect World)
Termites: Hardworking Insect Families (Insect World)

Watch one of nature's hardest-working insect families in action--termites! Hundreds of thousands of termites can live together in one nest. The termite queen spends her life laying eggs. The eggs hatch into workers that clean the queen, watch over the eggs, search for food, tend the nest's gardens, and guard the nest and each other. But a termite family's most amazing feat is building the huge mound that protects the nest. Thousands of tiny termites take mouthfuls of soil from ground level and climb to the top of the mound. Mouthful by mouthful, the soil piles up until the mound is up to six feet (3 meters) across! In this exciting book, you can learn what makes mound-building termites similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about termites' bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform an experiment that shows you how termites use scent trails to find their way to food and home again. Learn more about this exciting member of nature's fascinating Insect World.

 

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