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Identifying Termites in Your Home

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With the millions of dollars in damage that termites cause to homes across the U.S. every year, the sight of termite swarmers can be a nightmare for homeowners. If you see them flying in your home or near it, it could be a sign that your property is already infested or at risk. Knowing what you’re dealing with is half the battle. Calling a professional for termite control is your next step to keep your biggest investment protected from costly damage!

What Are Termite Swarmers?

As the weather becomes warmer, it’s time to watch out for termite swarmers. These winged termites exist to find a mate, reproduce, and begin a new colony. They usually swarm during the daytime, coming from tubes in their underground nests. If you see them flying outdoors, the nest may be somewhere on your property. If you see them indoors, it is likely that termites have already taken up residence somewhere in your home. They are attracted to light, so keep an eye out for them near windowsills or flying around exterior light fixtures. Termites are elusive pests, so you’re more likely to notice their damage before you spot the insects themselves.

Termite Swarmers vs. Flying Ants

While you may suspect that you’re dealing with termite swarmers, it’s important to know that these pests are often confused with flying ants, which share a lot of similarities. They may be similar in size and appearance, but these pest problems are treated in very different ways, which is why proper identification is needed before moving forward with a treatment plan. The surest way to tell is by calling a professional termite control expert like Knox Pest Control for a thorough inspection, however, there are things you can look for on your own as well:

  • Termites have straight antennae, whereas ants’ are bent.
  • Ants have different wing lengths, but termites’ are all the same length.
  • Termites have straight waists, while ants have pinched waists.
  • Flying ants do not shed their wings. If you see discarded wings on your windowsill, you’re likely dealing with termites, not ants.

Even knowing the differences above can still make identification difficult for the untrained eye. Termites are tiny—only about ¼ inch long—and usually remain hidden away. Their damage will likely be spotted before they ever are. Luckily, an exterminator has the training and experience needed to identify and treat for termites. If you want to protect your home, consider getting professional termite monitoring services from your local pest professionals.

Defend Your Home Against Termite Damage

As termite season picks up again, it’s time to consider the costly damage that these pests can cause and arm yourself with knowledge. By knowing the signs to look out for, you can get on termite problems early and prevent possible structural damage to your home. You don’t want to gamble with something as important as your home. With decades of experience under our belts, we have what it takes to give your home the proper defense it needs!

When you need protection you can trust, call Knox Pest Control for preventative and curative termite treatments.

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