When a Jacksonville, Florida Exterminator must be cautious in clearing Out Waste
Pest control using all-natural substances have just ran into an all-natural roadblock. According to Susan Milius of Science News:
Mixing their own poop into nest walls gives Formosan termites a bacterial boost in fighting off human attempts to destroy them with insect plagues.
A bacterial strain found in the fecally-enhanced nest walls of pest termites Coptotermes formosanus helps protect them from a potentially deadly fungus, says entomologist Nan-Yao Su of the University of Florida in Fort Lauderdale. Such live-in boosters could help explain why efforts to control the termites with fungal diseases have been a failure, Su and his colleagues report September 18 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
You can put the fungus on an insect in a lab dish and say, ‘Hah! We killed the termite,’” Su says. But for termites in their natural colonies, the soil-dwelling fungus Metarhizium anisopliae has failed to devastate.
Residents of Jacksonville, Florida have reason to be alarmed by this development. The Formosan subterranean termite has been active in Duval County for almost the past decade, often breeding in wet areas, especially sections of wood that have been damp from wet weather conditions. The fact that flushing these pesky critters out is proving to be harder because their own body waste actually helps them will be a wakeup call for affected residents to seek more effective solutions from any noted Jacksonville Florida exterminator like Bug Maniacs.
According to study co-author Thomas Chouvenc, “the termites have evolved both biology and behavior that can fight fungi.” He noted that termite guts have the power to actually kill off pathogens that come from detritus scraped by termites; their nest mates help out by cleaning their limbs when they are exposed. The waste that comes out eventually becomes “lining for their foraging tunnels” and they are mixed “with chewed plant material to make the structural material for the rest of their homes,” the article added.
The study generated its conclusions from tests conducted on termites “tucked into sand and sterilized structural material between planes of Plexiglas,” then releasing a strain of streptomyces actinobacteria into the lot. The results showed that termites in the sand actually made it through “60 days of fungal contamination when compared with bacteria-free sand,” due to the waste lining acting as a natural defense system against the bacteria. Other studies already cite that the feces of termites also contains pathogen killers.
The Formosan subterranean termite first appeared in Texas in 1951. The article notes the insect’s efficiency in constructing “multiple underground nests and a tunnel network ranging across 150 meters”; the network’s vastness is enough to harbor at least a million individuals.
Termites of any form are too prevalent a threat to be overlooked, especially when your house is made of wood, and it has previously been fumigated. A company like Bug Maniacs will ensure that the menace is out of your hair for good.
(Info from Feces in termites’ nests block biological pest control, Science News)