Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year worldwide. They feed on wood but can also damage paper, insulation and more. They can infest a building at any time.
Spring is usually when large numbers of winged termites (the “swarmers”) are discovered inside homes. Triggered by warmer temperatures and spring rain, winged termites emerge from the colony and attempt to start new colonies with a mate. The swarmers do not eat the wood in your home and seldom survive for long, but they are an indication that there is a colony somewhere in your home.
Other signs of infestation are mud "tubes" on foundation walls, support piers, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil but sometimes can be thicker. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. If you break one open, you may see small, creamy white worker termites.
Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the spot where feeding is occurring. Severely damaged wood will sound hollow when tapped. And a second indication of termite control issues is when piles of coarse grains of sand start appearing, as these are likely drywood termite fecal pellets.
If you suspect a termite control problem in your home or office, call Bluesway Pest Control for immediate assistance.
Know The Dangerous Difference!
Every day, homes are targeted by a dangerous predator that causes thousands of dollars worth of damage: "Termites." Often, there's no evidence of their presence until it is too late. These termites live in underground colonies and work 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week / 365 days a year to destroy your home from the inside out.
Winged termites are often mistaken for ants, but there are noticeable differences. Here's how to tell them apart: The wings of ants are different sizes, the front wings are longer than the back wings; termite wings are all the same size. Ants have a bent antennae; termite antennae are short and straight. The most noticeable difference is the shape of their body. Ants have a narrow, pinched waist; termites have a thick, straight waist.
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