What are the benefits of insects?

Many.

Hungry? You can eat bugs like they do on Bizarre Foods, or chomp on honey. Insects are a food source for many people and animals that eventually become our food.

Bees not only create honey, but pollinate crops and wildflowers. Honeybees are responsible for all of the almonds grown in the United States – California farmers pay to have hives shipped out West to pollinate almond orchards every year.

Insects can create products like silk, beeswax, and dyes.

Many beetles are fantastic recyclers and decomposers and help to eat up dead trees, animals, and other detritus that would otherwise pile up without them.

Flies can act as pollinators but have also played an incredible role in forensic entomology: providing estimated times-of-death based on their developmental stage in the corpse.

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Bonus Blog Article

What are flying termites?

If you see a flying termite in or around your home, consider it a sign of serious trouble.

Like dark clouds on the horizon: a storm is coming.

Swarms of flying termites are sent out on the first warm day of Spring. Their number one priority is to find a new feeding and breeding ground for the colony. If they are in your house, they’re thinking about moving in.

You need to take action, or else you will soon have termites in your home for a long time.

1. The first thing you need to do is make sure the flying insects you are seeing are termites, and not flying ants.

Here’s a chart to help you quickly identify what you’re looking at:

2.  If they are flying termites, you need to call Debug and discuss your options. 

This is one problem you can not DIY.

The biggest reason: Termite damage is not covered by your homeowners’ insurance. Take a chance trying to fix it yourself and you could cost yourself a few thousand dollars in repair.

Another big reason: our winters are warmer and wetter than ever. That means termite colonies are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been. You need to up your game.

3.  When you contact Debug, they’ll send someone out quickly.

This person will show you where the termites are entering your home and show you how to identify an infestation.

They will draw out a map to show you where the infestation is taking place.

Termite wings

Once you know where the termites are entering you can start to take some steps to stop further damage.

4. The Debug technician will discuss your options to stop the swarm and infestation.

At Debug, we offer two effective termite control options: bait traps and liquid. 
 
If you are looking for an option that is cleaner and greener, bait traps are the way to go. They are installed outside your home’s foundation. They will lure termites out of your home and into the bait traps. This bait contains food that termites can not resist. They will immediately stop eating your house and go for the bait food. Plus, it is a lot less work for them. Think of it as fast food for termites. But just like fast food for humans, this easy delicious food has a downfall: it will kill the termites and destroy their colony.

In some situations, a liquid barrier might be a good option.  A liquid barrier poured around your house keeps new termites from crossing over from the yard and into your home.

5.  So go. Take a look at those flying bugs. Use the chart to figure out if they are flying termites.

If they are, call Debug. We’ll send someone out right away.

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