What is considered Europe today has been around for a long time. We have had quite some time to get things wrong and then learn from our mistakes. As anyone who reads my forum can probably guess, I believe France has almost always been the best at learning from its few mistakes and then implementing some great solutions to keep any mistakes from recurring. One front that this seems to be the case is building structures that seem to be resistant to most bugs that could destroy it. What do I mean? Well almost everything we build is made from concrete, stone, and steel. All things that keep the bugs out and structures standing strong. Its not wonder that Europe has the lowest variety of termites, the biggest culprit of structure destruction. There really isn’t a whole lot of structures that they can eat! We have become pretty good at repelling pests in general… Yes we learned from the black plague. While you still have rats, they are under control for the most part or at least just as under control as our neighbor across the Atlantic. Yes, I like picking on the US because they are always claiming to be the best at stuff when they aren’t. While I concede that I don’t know who controls their rat population better, I do know we are better at keeping termites at bay. Check the stats!
“Termites are found on all continents except Antarctica. The diversity of termite species is low in North America and Europe (10 species known in Europe and 50 in North America), but is high in South America, where over 400 species are known. Of the 3,000 termite species currently classified, 1,000 are found in Africa, where mounds are extremely abundant in certain regions. Approximately 1.1 million active termite mounds can be found in the northern Kruger National Park alone. In Asia, there are 435 species of termites, which are mainly distributed in China. Within China, termite species are restricted to mild tropical and subtropical habitats south of the Yangtze River. In Australia, all ecological groups of termites (dampwood, drywood, subterranean) are endemic to the country, with over 360 classified species.“
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So yes the US and Europe are the top two at keeping these pests under control but we obviously take the cake! Now that I have backed my concerns with facts, I can give my suggestion. For all my friends that are making the poor choice of living in the US, at least they are living in California. Its bearable because its beautiful but not devoid of termites and right now is the season! If you find yourself in creepy crawly situation out there, I came across a business out that way that seemed to have an answer for me. It was an exterminating business that specialized in termite extermination that was all natural. In Garden Garden, you can find them slaying bugs left and right while also not poisoning the residents of that beautiful place. So, for those people that I do know that live in the area, head my advice and reach out to these guys. They will keep your buildings standing for longer than they would on their own. Just never forget our buildings have been standing for longer and will continue to do so. That’s all for now! My generosity for advice giving is at its end. Until next time, Viva La France!