A big point of confusion for many homeowners and business owners is knowing the difference between termites and flying ants. On the surface, both insects look similar, but they differ when it comes to their life cycles, diet, habits, and finer details of their appearance. Termites have a straight-line body, equal-sized wings, and straight antennae, while ants have a cinched body, uneven-sized wings, and bent antennae. While both insects love to nest inside wood or wooded areas, termites are the ones that will eat the wood and cause damage. Termites control in Kenya. Ants are omnivores that eat nectar, seeds, other insects, and food debris left around the house. Termites are a destructive species that cause structural damage, but flying ants do not. Both ants and termites thrive in warm, humid weather, making termite season year-round in Florida. Be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule a pest inspection to ensure what type of pest has invaded your home.
HOW CAN I IDENTIFY A TERMITE?
Termites appear as pale-toned, soft-bodied insects about one-quarter of an inch, or less, in total length with straight antennae. Termites can easily be mistaken for white ants without the help of a professional exterminator. Winged termites, or swarmer’s, feature pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pairs of wings that are identical in size. Subterranean termites are approximately one-quarter inch in length and quickly shed their wings following brief flight. Termites control in Kenya. Unlike termites, winged ants feature pinched waists and two pairs of wings — their front wings appear larger than the back wings, as well as elbowed antennae. The best way to identify termites on your property is with the assistance of a pest control expert. Schedule a pest inspection today.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FLYING ANTS & TERMITES?
Flying ants and termites look similar to homeowners. Our termite inspection team is here to help! Flying ants are brown, have uneven wings, a cinched body, and elbow-shaped antennae. Likewise, swarming termites have a linear body, even-sized wings almost twice the size of their body, and straight antennae. Termites are destructive insects that feed on and live in wood and wooden structures. In contrast, flying ants, or carpenter ants, only live in wet or rotting wood, and they feed on nectar, seeds, other insects, and food left out in homes.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SIGNS OF TERMITES?
Often, the majority of termite damage can be difficult to spot, as it’s primarily located within the inner walls of a structure. However, if you identify termites (dead or alive), mud tubes, or hollow wood, it’s likely that your property is infested with termites and requires prompt termite control services. Termites control in Kenya.
Swarming termites are attracted to light and can be found near windows, doors, air vents, and light fixtures, while worker termites are small and light-toned, and they quickly flee when exposed to light. Mud tubes are a form of shelter for termites and feature a flattened, muddy appearance the width of the inside of an average-size drinking straw. Check for mud tubes along cracks, under floors and baseboards, and on pipes, plumbing, and other common property fixtures. Damaged wood is another indication of the presence of termites. Tap wood along the walls, windows, and baseboards with the handle of a screwdriver — a hollow sound or penetration of the screwdriver handle into the wooden surface may indicate wood damage. The presence of subterranean termites is often indicated by dark portions of wood or blistering of wood flooring. Termite infestations are often preventable — schedule a pest inspection today.
HOW DO TERMITES GET INSIDE MY PROPERTY?
Termites can enter a property through tiny cracks and holes as small as one-thirtieth of an inch. Subterranean termites, for example, typically enter a property from the soil, or above ground, through cracks and holes in expansion joints, voids around brick or plumbing, and along the structure’s foundation. Mulch spread over soil nearby a structure’s foundation also serves as an opportunity for termites to enter the property. Wooden structures connected to the ground, such as wooden porches, offer an easy access point for termites. Homes or businesses with flat roofs, chronic leaks, and other structural moisture-related issues are prone to a high concentration of moisture and, as a result, these properties have an increased likelihood of becoming infested with termites. During an inspection, our pest control team can inspect the outer property and inner structure and identify any potential issues which may put the property at risk for developing a termite infestation in the future.
DO TERMITES REALLY EAT WOOD?
Termites can digest cellulose, which is the main component of wood. As with a termite colony’s behavior in the wild, termites exhibit a well-organized and persistent behavior with regard to identifying and locating potential food sources. As such, termites can, and likely will, consume anything that contains cellulose, including furniture, drywall, wallpaper, books, boxes, and other materials which support the structure’s integrity.
HOW CAN I CONTROL TERMITES TO PREVENT FUTURE INFESTATION?
Champion Termite & Pest Control recommends that property owners schedule termite inspections to determine the best method for how to get rid of termites. Additionally, we offer termite warranties for all qualifying structures to ensure that after termite extermination services, your home or business maintains proper protection with termite prevention services.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE A TERMITE INSPECTION?
Our pest control team will get to your termite infestation before it reaches you! We offer all-encompassing and target-specific termite prevention plans to ensure that your property is safe from termite infestations, including subterranean termites, dry wood termites, and Formosan termites. Our subterranean termite policy includes top-shelf, name-brand, and EPA-approved termiticides, free inspections and treatments following the initial treatment and annual renewal fee, up to $250,000 in damage repair coverage for qualifying structures, and other member-exclusive benefits. Contact us today to enroll in our pest management plans.