Do I have Termites?
Termites are never any fun. They’re the last thing you want to see in or around your home. In fact, termites create over $5 billion in damage in the United States every year. Here in Georgia, 1 in 5 houses either has or will have a termite infestation, so it’s important to know what to look for.
There are plenty of signs of potential termite damage. Crumbling or hollow-sounding wood is a telltale sign, and the mud trails and tubes that termites create for their protection and comfort can be a dead giveaway. Foundation damage and cracked paint on wood surfaces may point to infestations as well, although they could be a sign of other issues.
If you see any potential evidence of termite infestation or damage, you should call Pest Force right away. One of the most obvious signs of termites is seeing swarmers in or around your house. You’re most likely going to see termite swarmers in springtime, but do you know how to spot one?
Termites Vs. Flying Ants
It’s easy to mistake a termite sighting for a flying ant, but there are distinct differences between the two insects. The next time you see one of these winged insects flying around or crawling on the ground, it’s relatively easy to spot those differences.
A flying ant has a thin neck and an hourglass-shaped waist, much like an ant that you see crawling on the ground or sidewalk. It has elbowed antennae and long, elbowed legs. A flying ant has two pairs of wings, with front wings that are longer than the back wings. It’s also important to know that flying ants are expert flyers, and they don’t lose or shed their wings.
Termite swarmers have bodies that aren’t segmented; you won’t see any narrowing on a termite’s body. A termite’s antennae are straight, and they have short legs. Most importantly, both pairs of a termite swarmer’s wings are the same size. Termite swarmers aren’t strong fliers, and they shed their wings after they swarm. You may even see these broken wings around your home.
Three Types of Termites in Monroe, Loganville, Winder & Athens Georgia
There are three different types of termites that you might see in different parts of Georgia, and they attack your house in different ways.
The most common termite species throughout the United States – and especially in Georgia – is the Eastern Subterranean termite. True to their name, these termites thrive underground, and they’re the termites that build those pesky mud tubes around your home for protection. They’re about ⅛ of an inch long, and their swarmers can be a cream color or a dark brown or black.
Formosan termites are much less common than subterranean termites, but they’re particularly destructive. They’re aggressive termites that originally came from China. They look much like subterranean termites, but they can grow much larger – up to half an inch in length. What makes Formosan termites particularly pernicious is that mature colonies can destroy wood quickly, and they can even chew through electrical wire!
Drywood termites are more common along the coast, and chances are you won’t see them in metro Atlanta. They can range from ⅜ of an inch to a whole inch long, and they live in drier wood and dead wood, just like their name suggests. They tend to swarm in sunny weather or when the temperature rises.
If you spot any termites or evidence of infestation around your house and you live anywhere from Athens to Atlanta GA, don’t hesitate to give Pest Force a call. We’ll create a solution to rid your home of termites and make sure they never come back. Give us a call today for a free termite inspection 678-243-0731.