What Do Termites Look Like?

July 28, 2017

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If you find pests spending time in and around the wooden products of your home, before you can begin a pest control process, you'll need to first determine if you have termites or ants. The two pests are often confused for each other because they look similar, but there are identifying characteristics that can help you determine if you're dealing with termites or ants. For example, termites have thick waists, short legs, and straight antennae. If there are wings, they will both be the same length. When it comes to ants, they have pinched waists, bent antennae, long legs, and have front wings that are longer than their back wings.

Problems Caused by Termites

Termites are the leading cause of property damage in the United States, generating billions of dollars in damages every year. They reproduce and spread quickly, making it difficult to get rid of a termite infestation without the help of a professional pest control company. Termites cause damages to walls, especially in areas with loose wooden paneling or damp areas. They have also been known to find areas with cellulose-based materials, such as carpets, books, and photo frames. Termites can damage ceilings and laminate flooring.

The most expensive damages termites cause is generally made to the foundation of a structure. Subterranean termites live underground and look around in the soil for food. As they burrow around in the soil, it creates gaps which can make a foundation cave in over time.

Early signs of termite damage may appear similar to damages caused by water. You might see floors or ceilings swelling, buckling wood, or even visible mazes within walls and furniture. There may also be a mildew or mold-like smell if your home is infested with termites.

Seek Professional Termite Pest Control

 If you suspect you have a termite problem, you should call Modern Pest Control immediately. We will come in and complete a thorough inspection of your home and its structures to determine if you are, in fact, dealing with a termite infestation. If termites are present, we will develop a plan for eliminating the existing termite colony while preventing future termites from infesting your home. We'll install the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ in strategically placed areas around your home. Then, we'll monitor for termite activity to make sure it is not increasing and that no new termites are taking up residence in or around your home. Our termite control solutions include regular maintenance of Sentricon® with Always Active™ to ensure it remains effective in eliminating and preventing termites.

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