Termites are often confused with ants due to their anatomy, but a surefire way to tell a termite from an ant is:
Termites do not have a pinched waist. Their bodies are similar to a pencil whereas an ant body is shapely, like a pear. Also, termite wings are all one size. All four ant (elate) wings are NOT the same size. Below is an image to help with termite identification.
If you see a swarm, that means that the termites that have been living in your house and their family have grown too big. The swarmers are looking for a place to start a new colony since there is no more room!
Don’t fret, A1 Home Pest Control can assure you that if you have termites, we can take care of them for you, whether it is dry wood termites or subterranean termites, A1 can handle it. There is no termite job too big or too small that we can’t handle. A1 Home Pest Control offers monitoring, pre-treats and curative treatments for termites.
A1 Home Pest Control uses only the BEST termiticide and Baiting Systems on the market, we will not use cheap products for prevention or curative treatments on your structure.
What You Need To Know About Termites
Formosan Subterranean Termites
Formosan Subterranean termites can do a lot of damage to a structure, eventually rendering it unsafe to live. To get to this point, it takes years and years of termites working hard, and the most aggressive termite is the Formosan Subterranean termite. The queens can lay anywhere from 2,000- 3,000 eggs a day, making the colony rise into the millions. Formosan Subterranean termites do not consume more wood than Subterranean termites do, it’s their sheer numbers in the colonies that allow them to do more damage in a shorter period.
The best defense for Formosan Subterranean termites or Subterranean termites is monitors, baiting or trenching; depending on the structure, environment and if there is a current infestation.
Drywood Termites, unlike Subterranean Termites, have the highest swarm rate in the fall but have been known to do it all year in Florida. They are attracted to light (this is why you see them swarm at windows) and usually come out when the temperature is between 80-100 degrees.
The queens only lay 5-10 eggs in the first year and 9-15 eggs in the years after, making them very slow to build a colony. It will take a colony anywhere from five to seven years to start showing sign of damage to a house.
Q) Why is my neighbor digging a moat?
A) Subterranean Termites forage up to 300 feet away from the nest (in the soil) making them very difficult to eliminate. So, if your neighbor has them, there is a good chance you do as well. Subterranean termites use mud tubes to travel in when outside of the soil, they build them from the ground up against the side of the structure and in they go. They only need a crack to get in and start getting comfortable!
Q) Why does it have to look like a circus tent?
A) Those obnoxious tents are used to keep people from just walking into a fumigated house (gets their attention).
There is no real preventive for Drywood Termites but for curative; you have some options depending on the level of infestation. If the infestation is massive enough and widespread, then a fumigation or heat treatment is needed. If the colony is confined to one available part of the structure, then spot treatments can be done to eliminate them.
Q) What does A1 Home Pest Control recommend?
A) With a current infestation, the only option is a trench and treat. For preventative we highly suggest the Hex-Pro baiting system (Original Sentricon) for the monitoring and curative if any issues arrive. You read that correctly, this baiting system not only monitors but it also is a curative as well. It is also the ONLY one of very few systems recognized as a stand-alone baiting system that does not need a supplemental chemical application of any kind when installing to be efficient. Environmentally friendly!
Either way, A1 Home Pest Control has you covered from beginning to end. We go over all the treatment options, pricing, preparations, and what to expect after treatment!