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:
- Body – ants have a distinct waist line between the thorax and abdomen while termites have a broad waist.
- Antennae – termites have straight (or slightly curved) antennae while an ant’s are bent.
- 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 company. Northwest Exterminating provides a FREE, thorough inspection of your home.
Today while focusing on my yard I oresbved that subs were swarming from a Pine tree within my yard. The tree is all about 10-12 ft from my wood presented house; I realize that the home needed to be treated for termites about five years ago. My home is NE Florida and that we essentially have termites everywhere is we’re the termite capital of america. My real question is, would be the termites most likely muching around the pine tree or did they simply occur to surface there? The mudtubes were underneath the bark 4 ft off the floor so they are within the tree. Is that this 50 feet pine at risk of falling?