Termites are very secretive pests, often living undetected in hollow doors and wall voids for years. Ehrlich can help you identify termites as all termite species have some common features.
The first clue to a termite problem may be small insects – termite swarmers - flying near your windows.
Termite swarmers can look like flying ants, and they are often confused.
Both Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants can look similar to termites, especially as their winged mating cycles are usually during the springtime – the same as termites.
Termites or Ants?
Winged ants are strong flyers and they do not shed their wings, whereas termite swarmers fly only a little and they shed their wings quickly.
You can be fairly certain you have identified termites if you’ve found discarded wings around window sills or doorways.
There are some important differences in body shape of ants and termites, and this image should help you identify termites or winged ants:
- Waist – Termites have a straight waist, while ants have a pinched waist.
- Antenae – Termites have straight antennae while ants have bent antennae.
- Wing Length – Termites wings are the same length while ants have wings of different length.
Termite swarmers are about ¼ inch long – about the same size as a pencil eraser. The swarmers cause no damage but are one sign of a more serious termite problem – a hidden colony of white, soft-bodied termite workers who consume wood.
It’s important to get proper termite identification as early as possible, as the longer they’re hidden in your home the more damage they will do.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have termites because they prefer to live hidden away. Use our termites pictures as a guide to identifying your termite problem.
Have you spotted termites in your home or workplace? As these insects are highly destructive you should get professional advice and termite control from Ehrlich right away.
Identifying Termite Species
All types of termites can cause damage to your home, but knowing a bit more about the different species of termites can help identify them more easily.Subterranean termites
are one of the most common type found in the Southern US states, and they live underground in mud shelter tubes.Formosan termites
are a particularly serious type of subterranean termite, but are not as common.Drywood termites
can also be found in the US, sometimes nearer to the coast although they don’t need moisture to survive.Dampwood termites
live in damp and rotting wood and mulch, and can often be found near open water. They can enter your home through wood that meets damp soil.
Over time, any species of termite can cause significant damage to your home.
If you suspect you have termites, call a reputable termite control company like Ehrlich who will provide a free termite evaluation and estimate. They can also give you simple steps you can take to “termite-proof” your home.
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