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Seeing Termites?

 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 Ants

 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.