Termites Appearing This Spring

Northwest Exterminating encourages public awareness of termites during the spring season

Source - UGA entomology

Source – UGA entomology

As temperatures continue to increase across the country and the ground becomes warmer, winged termites will emerge in search of a suitable spot to create a new colony, often in residential settings.  We want to take this opportunity to educate homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.

Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to compromise the structure of a home without being noticed until it’s too late.

Termites are very destructive and the damage inflicted can be quite costly if left untreated.  Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage, so it’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.

Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint
  5. Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home
  7. If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan

For more information on termites, please visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/termite-control/.

Northwest Exterminating
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Preparing for Swarms

With Spring upon us, the temperature will start to get warmer, finally! This is great news for us, but it also means that insects are beginning to come out of hibernation. Two insects of great concern, particularly in the spring, are the ant and the termite.

Both of these insects, flying ants and termites, will begin to swarm soon, so it is important to know the differences between them so you can help out your Pest Management Professional. Should you catch one, there are three noticeable differences between a flying ant and a termite.

  1. Ants have bent antennae. They look like they have an elbow. Termites have straight antennae.
  2. Ants have a narrow waist. Have you seen the old pictures of women in corsets? That is what the waist of an ant swarmer will look like. The termite looks uniform from top to bottom.
  3.  Ants have wings that are two different lengths – the best analogy is a butterfly wing. The top wing is longer than the bottom one, similar to how a butterfly wing looks. Termites have wings that are the same length. (I caught one the other day, and it looked like one giant wing stacked together, not four individual parts.)

flying ants vs termites

If you see swarmers and are worried, call your local Northwest Exterminating Service Center. They will be happy to help you with all of your pest control needs, and can target problem insects as needed.

Katherine King
kking@callnorthwest.com

 

Signs of Termites

Termites are some of the hardest working pests in the business.  24/7 they are in search of food which is oftentimes the wood from our homes.  Termites are responsible for an estimated amount of over 2 billion dollars worth of damage to home in the US each year.

One of the first signs of a termite infestation is spotting termite swarmers.  Swarmers are winged termites that are often mistaken for flying ants.  Swarming (flying) termites have only 2 body segments, straight antennae, and 2 sets of wings equal in length. Flying ants, on the other hand, have 3 body segments, bent antennae, and 2 sets of wings that differ in length.  Mud tunnels or tubes along the foundation are also signs that termites have found their way to your home.

The best action against termites is to be proactive.

  • Divert water away from the foundation of your property.
  • Reduce humidity, especially in areas like attics, basements, and crawlspaces.
  • Keep all wood at least 20 feet away from your home and at least 5 inches off the ground.  Termites are known to travel in tunnels underground.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation.
  • Call Northwest Exterminating at the first sign of termites.  Termite infestations need immediate action by a licensed pest professional.
 

Are You Ready for Termite Season?

Spring weather is the start of what we refer to as the beginning of “termite season“.  Termite season is when termite swarmers begin to emerge from their colonies in search of a new colony and a mate.  They look for the perfect place: moisture – CHECK…cellulose food source – CHECK…soil – CHECK!  Seeing swarmers is the first sign that you could have a termite infestation in your home.

A common question is how to tell the difference between a termite and a flying ant.  They may look similar but there are 3 distinct ways to tell the two pests apart:

  1. Body – ants have a distinct waist line between the thorax and abdomen while termites have a broad waist.
  2. Antennae – termites have straight (or slightly curved) antennae while an ant’s are bent.
  3. Wing Shape – termites have 4 wings of equal size while the ant’s front wings are larger than their back wings.

If you spot swarmers or other signs of termites, call your pest management companyNorthwest Exterminating provides a FREE, thorough inspection of your home.

 

Swarm Season

When the season starts getting warm, the termites start to swarm! So what does that mean for homeowners?  If homeowners spot fully grown winged adults (swarmers), then the damage may already be done. If the swarmers are found within the home, there may be an infestation in or around the house. Once termites swarm, they may cause structural damage to your home which can lead to serious issues. Damaged door termites

Why is it that termites may arise unexpectedly and cause damage? Well, that may be because that they usually have nests underground where they thrive, usually in the wood of your home. Southern states are very likely to get termites. In Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina, where we service, the chances are extremely high.

termite map

It’s not just important to get rid of termites, it’s also important to prevent them. Getting rid of the termites you already have may eliminate the initial problem, but will not prevent termite activity in the future. Northwest Exterminating offers liquid pretreatments, borate pretreatments and Sentricon baiting in order to prevent termites from infesting a home.  In addition, these treatments come with a 5 year repair and retreat warranty that guarantees up to one million dollars in structural damage.

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Source:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/termites/pdf/termiteswarmers.pdf