Carpenter Ants – Part 3: Evolution

The evolution of carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) is a captivating journey that spans millions of years. Ants, including carpenter ants, belong to the order Hymenoptera, a group that includes bees and wasps. This order has an ancient lineage, with fossil evidence suggesting their existence dating back to the Cretaceous period, over 100 million years ago.…

The License Lowdown: Why Your Contractor’s Credentials Matter

In the world of home improvement, choosing a contractor is like picking a dance partner, you need someone who knows the steps, keeps the rhythm, and won’t step on your toes (or your budget). This is where the magic word ‘license’ waltzes in. By hiring a contractor with proper licensing for the job, you can…

The Structural Saboteurs: Termites, Carpenter Bees, and Carpenter Ants

In the world of deck construction, three seemingly innocuous creatures possess the ability to compromise the structural integrity of even the most robust decks. Termites, carpenter bees, and carpenter ants, though small in size, wield a devastating potential to undermine the strength and durability of wooden decks. Let’s explore the scientific aspects of how these…

Battling Dry Rot: Eliminating Dry Rot on Your Home

On the central coast, the battle against dry rot seems never ending. Fortunately, knowledge is your sharpest weapon to defend your home. Dry rot, scientifically known as Serpula lacrymans, is capable of wreaking havoc on your home’s wooden components, both structural and cosmetic. Learn how to prevent dry rot, as well as how to battle…

Dry Rot: The Stealthy Spreader

Dry rot – the ultimate wood saboteur here on the central coast. Does this villain have the power to spread like wildfire – destroying any home that gets in its way? Let’s embark on an investigation into the intricacies of dry rot’s propagation. Table of Contents Dry Rot: A Spore Optimal Conditions for Spreading Minimizing…

How Do I Know I Need New Siding?

Your home’s siding shields you from the elements day in and day out. But how do you know when it’s time to call in reinforcements? Learn to decode the telltale signs that your siding is crying out for help.  Table of Contents Siding Wear and Tear Visible Damage Increased Energy Bills Water Intrusion Rogall +…

Carpenter Bees – Part 4: Entomology

Few insects are as intriguing as carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.). These remarkable creatures, while sharing a close evolutionary relationship with their bumblebee relatives, possess unique characteristics and behaviors that have shaped their interaction with the world around them, including homeowners. Table of Contents Entomological Insights Carpenter Bee Habitat and Behavior Ecological Impact Homeowners Beware Entomological…

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