Formosan subterranean termites are potentially causing destruction right now in unprotected homes and structures across the state of Florida because it’s swarming season!
These chewing machines create staggering economic losses annually due to their voracious appetites for all things wood; however, there’s a possibility they’re becoming even more ferocious as researchers have discovered they are mating with an equally destructive relative, the Asian subterranean termite.
While neither of these species is native to Florida, it appears they are co-existing quite well. In fact, it seems that there is love in the air as an article in the journal PLOS ONE reported these two deleterious species are mating and producing offspring…YIKES!
The resulting offspring’s coloration is somewhere in the middle of the orange-ish Formosan and the darker Asian termites. It appears these hybrid termites have larger colonies as well, which is particularly troublesome to researchers. A larger, faster growing colony means the hybrids are likely to be even more destructive than either parental species.
But there are still many questions to be answered according to the scientists. The top one being…will the hybrids be able to reproduce or merely be sterile eating-machines?
No matter the outcome, you can rest assured that Good News Pest Solutions will continue to provide you with superior protection against termites, whether they’re Formosan, Asian, or a cross between the two! It’s our aim to provide our customers with exemplary organic pest control and peace of mind. We are the only company on the Gulf Coast using Altriset, the most green termiticide ever invented, to control termites. Altriset is not only effective, but safe for you and your family.
Contact us today if you suspect you may have termites!
Easter is around the corner and store shelves are popping with blinding color as they are sagging from the weight of chocolate eggs, plastic neon grass, and candy of all shapes, sizes, and caloric content. These goodies are, of course, items children hope to find in their basket on Easter Sunday morning.
Undeniably, finding these treats is thrilling for children as they eagerly unwrap the crinkly cellophane from their woven baskets and dive their hands into carefully packaged boxes of sugar suspended on crunchy plastic grass!
While this is undoubtedly a fun and filling Easter tradition (It’s a dentist’s favorite time of year we’ve heard!), there is more to this holiday than a full basket of treats. In fact, it’s more about something that’s empty…an empty tomb. A tomb that once held a man who lived an extraordinary life among our ordinary day to day…a tomb that once held the Creator of the Universe…a tomb that, once it became empty, signaled that life full of eternity could now be ours! That man is Jesus and He is the Good News we build our life and our business on…
We pray you have met this risen Savior and your life is forever changed by His love and grace! If not, He is just a prayer away. If you need prayer, let us know. We will pray for YOU! And, just so you know, we do love Easter baskets full of chocolate bunnies and eggs! In fact, the ever eloquent and thought-provoking C.S. Lewis had an interesting take on Easter goodies:
There is a stage in a child’s life at which it cannot separate the religious from the merely festal character of Christmas or Easter. I have been told of a very small and very devout boy who was heard murmuring to himself on Easter morning a poem of his own composition which began ‘Chocolate eggs and Jesus risen.’ This seems to me, for his age, both admirable poetry and admirable piety.
But, of course, the time will soon come when such a child can no longer effortlessly and spontaneously enjoy that unity. He will become able to distinguish the spiritual from the ritual and festal aspect of Easter; chocolate eggs will no longer seem sacramental. And once he has distinguished he must put one or the other first. If he puts the spiritual first, he can still taste something of Easter in the chocolate eggs; if he puts the eggs first, they will soon be no more than any other sweetmeat. They will have taken on an independent, and therefore a soon withering, life.
So, as you enjoy your chocolate “Easter” eggs this season, let them remind you of the ultimate Good News…the risen Savior, Jesus Christ! Happy Easter!