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How Do I Know If I Have Termites?
The differences can be subtle. Both are about 1/2 in length. Winged ants have elbowed (crooked) antennae and front wings longer than back wings. Termites have straight antennae and a thicker waist.Rather than take a chance, call in the professionals at Ecology Exterminating Service.
Detection of Termites
It is important to recognize the signs of a subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites may be detected by the sudden emergence of winged termites called swarms, or by the presence of mud tubes and wood damage.
Large numbers of winged termites swarming from wood or the soil often are the first obvious sign of a nearby termite colony. Swarming occurs in mature colonies that typically contain at least several thousand termites. A “swarm” is a group of adult male and female reproductives that leave their colony in an attempt to pair and initiate new colonies.
Swarming emergence is stimulated when temperature and moisture conditions are favorable, usually on warm days following rainfall. Swarming typically occurs during daytime in the spring (March, April, and May), but swarms can occur indoors during other months. However, swarming occurs during a brief period (typically less than an hour), and termites quickly shed their wings. Winged termites are attracted to light, and their shed wings in window sills, cobwebs, or on other surfaces often may be the only evidence that a swarm occurred indoors. The presence of winged termites or their shed wings inside a home should be a warning of a termite infestation.
Other signs of termite presence include mud tubes and mud protruding from cracks between boards, beams, and basemet cielings. Subterranean termites transport soil and water above ground to construct earthen runways (shelter tubes) that allow them to tunnel across exposed areas to reach wood.
Termite damage to the wood’s surface often is not evident because termites excavate galleries within materials as they feed. Wood attacked by subterranean termites generally has a honeycombed appearance because termites feed along the grain on the softer spring growth wood. Their excavations in wood often are packed with soil, and fecal spotting is evident. A screwdriver or sometimes your finger, pressing on termite eaten wood, can penetrate it right through to the center.
Termites Need Moisture
Subterranean termites are constantly at risk of drying out; this is why they must live in the soil. Soil has the capacity to hold water for a long period of time and keep the colony moist. When termites forage above ground, they must maintain their connection to the soil so that the workers and soldiers can return to replenish their body moisture. The mud tubes provide the termites with this soil connection. If a tube becomes damaged, the worker termites will labor desperately to repair it. If the tube is beyond repair, the termites located above ground will often die of dehydration. However, on some occasions subterranean termite colonies do become established above ground. These above ground infestations are almost exclusively found in structures with chronic moisture problems. Chronic problems include flat roofs where dead leaves and moisture have been allowed to accumulate, leaking pipes or areas with no ventilation. In such cases the colony can survive above ground indefinitely.
Termites may be difficult to detect and eliminate. Ecology Exterminating Service will inspect your home or business, and advise you on the best type of treatment.
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