Worker Termites are creamy white insects that people would rarely see as they are inside the wood or inside protected dirt and mud tubes constructed to prevent the workers from being exposed to drying air or exposed to predators like ants which like to eat Termites.

Swarmers are a class of the colony that are produce once a year and "swarm" out of the protected colony in order to establish new colonies. They can exist outside the protected colony and in most cases these are the only evidence the homeowner sees which suggest they have Termites.


How to tell if Termites Swarmed or Ants

Both Termites and Ants will swarm but there are some subtle ways to deduce the difference even if you are unsure of the appearance. For the most part Termites in this area only swarm in springtime, usually April-May. They usually swarm late in the day and typically after a rainy patch. They lose their wings quickly and only fly for a short period of time. Ants on the other hand will swarm at many different times of the year, do not lose their wings and are strong fliers even in some cases flying around lighting in the rooms they are at. Note also the appearance as ants have a waist and termites do not and the wings of Termites are all the same length and twice as long as the body while the ant top wings are longer than the inside wings and shorter than twice the body.

How we treat for Termites

All the Termites in this area are Subterranean Termites which means they live in the soil and maintain contact with the soil. In a few unusual cases they can break contact with the soil. Treatment is centered around creating a chemical surface between the soil and the structure so that they have to cross that area and be exposed to the chemical. In many ares the soil is covered with concrete or building and drilling or special techniques are needed to get the treatment to those areas. You use non-repellent materials so that they will readily cross that area and because Termites are social insects, they will get the chemical on them and go back to the colony where they feed and groom each other spreading the chemical to others thus killing the entire colony. The two main chemicals that work well at this are Termidor and Premise. It is generally considered that Termidor is the better chemical but each has certain advantages related to how fast they work and how they are absorbed in the soil so we are likely to use both.  Read Straight Talk

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