Best termite control for termite swarms
on Monday, May 13, 2013 by Terminix
When it comes to termites, as a homeowner you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the best termite control in place to protect your home. But in order for termite control to be effective, it helps to better understand termites and how to determine if you have a termite problem.
Termite swarmers are winged termites that fly away to form new colonies. Typically, swarm season is in the spring and that’s when your home is most susceptible to an infestation. However, in the western U.S., swarm season can be in the fall too. Because so much termite damage occurs within the inner walls of a structure, it can be difficult to know if you have a termite problem until damage is evident. However, there are some warning signs to help you determine if you have a termite problem.
Evidence of a termite problem
- Termites, dead or alive. Winged termites are often the first sign you might have an infestation of subterranean termites. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents and lighting fixtures. Experiencing a termite swarm is an obvious indicator that your property has a termite problem. Even if you haven’t seen any signs of termites, check windows, heating and cooling vents, doors, and in sinks and bathtubs for dead termites or termite wings.
- Mud tubes. are sure signs of an infestation. The muddy, flattened tubes provide shelter for termites. Look for these mud tubes along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers and chimneys, and behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. Mud tubes may also extend over concrete foundations and other exposed surfaces.
- “Hollow” wood. An easy way to check for termites is to tap wood along the wall every few inches with a screwdriver handle. Damaged wood will sound hollow and, if the area is extremely damaged, the handle may break the wood’s surface; you might even see worker termites beneath the surface. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring are also an indicator of a subterranean termite infestation.
How to identify swarming termites
- Winged termites have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. Subterranean termite swarmers have bodies about ¼th inch in length.
- Swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight. Termites have wings that are all the same size. If the hind wings are much smaller than the front wings, you have ants.
- Termite workers are pale, soft-bodied insects about ¼th inch or less in length. They appear to have a head and body because their thorax is broadly joined to their abdomen. Their antennae are straight, just like a string of beads.
Best termite control for termite swarms
Termites are organized, determined, non-discriminating creatures. They will eat wood from any property regardless of size, age or upkeep. In the pest control business, it is often said that there are only two kinds of properties: those that have termites now and those that will. The best termite control is having your property inspected on a regular basis by the best termite control company.
Terminix® has been protecting homes like yours for more than 85 years. Terminix Termite Protection Plans can help catch the start of an infestation sooner and reduce the amount of damage termites might do. All termite plans begin with a FREE Inspection, in which a trained professional checks the interior and exterior of your home for signs of termites. If no termites are found, they may recommend a Termite Protection Plan that ensures you never pay a penny for future treatments or damage repairs if termites ever do infest your home. If termites are found, they will recommend a Termite Treatment Plan that will quickly eradicate the termites from your home.
All termite control plans from Terminix are backed by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. For as long as you keep your plan, if termites do manage to infest your home, Terminix will come back at no additional cost. If there is ever any termite damage caused by live activity, Terminix will cover the cost of the treatment and damage repairs. To learn more about the best termite control options for you, call Terminix at 1.866.766.7628, or visit Terminix.com to schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.
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