The most visible sign of termite infestation is the winged reproductive termites called swarmers. Thousands of winged termites emerge from the colony in the spring months seeking mates and places to start a new colony. Most of these swarmers do not survive the event due to predators feasting on them and/or they do not find a suitable place to start a new colony. To untrained eye, winged termites can sometimes be mistaken for flying ants. Termites have a straight waist, ants have a pinched waist. Termites have straight antennae and ants from elbowed antennae and lastly, termites have 4 wings the same size and ants have 2 small and 2 large wings. Termite colonies typically don'ts swarm during the first few years of their existence while the population grows. Also swarming may occur, but may happen outdoors or in other areas that remain undetected. If you suspect termites, give us a call. In fact, it is a good practice to have an annual termite inspection of your property.
Carpenter ant colonies produce ants in various sizes ranging from small to large. Carpenter ants are considered a wood destroying pest, because they excavate galleries in wood to create nesting locations. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't eat wood, but they can cause significant damage to structural wood inside homes. Carpenter ants are often associated with wet or moisture damaged wood in homes.