Three Easy Ways To Identify A Termite Infestation
Pests Commonly Confused with Termites
- Termites lose their wings soon after locating a new colony site. If you discover termite wings on your property it means an underground nest is probably under construction nearby.Termites lose their wings soon after locating a new colony site. If you discover termite wings on your property it means an underground nest is probably under construction nearby.
- Termites will swarm before establishing a new colonies. This is the most common way home owners identify a brewing termite problem.
- When termites eat wood, they fill it with soil to help maintain the humidity. If mud tunnels are visible on the walls or foundation of your home, it is highly likely that you are experiencing a subterranean termite infestation.
Carpenter ants are most commonly confused with termites due to similar size and being winged. But physically the carpenter ant differs in that its body is more segmented, whereas the termite has a one-piece long narrow body.
What Do Termites Look Like?
The termites in a colony are generally organized into the worker caste, the soldier caste, and the reproductive caste.
Worker termites are about 1/8 inch long and are blind, wingless, soft-bodied, and creamy white to grayish-white with a round head. They make up the majority of the termites that actually eat the wood. They are sterile and forage for food and water, construct and repair shelter tubes, feed and groom other termites, care for eggs and young, and participate in colony’s defense.
Soldier termites are also wingless and resemble workers except that they have a large, rectangular, yellowish-brown heads with long black mandibles.
Reproductive termites are the adult winged termites who have two pairs of long narrow wings of equal size, dark skin, and beaded antennae. They are black and about one centimeter long, with grayish transparent wings.
Swarming is the sudden, dramatic appearance termites in the daytime from February to April. After this behavior the male and females lose their wings, pair up, and form new colonies.
How Do You Get Termites?
A subterranean termite infestation begins when warm temperatures and heavy rainfall trigger an established colony to send out a swarm of winged termites. It’s strongly encouraged that you termite proof your home by contacting Fox Pest Control . We’ll be able to termite proof your home and save you from severe loss.