Termites and Carpenter Ants are incredibly destructive indoor pests. Both species swarm during the Spring, so if you notice flying ants in your bathroom area or in the kitchen (anyplace where you have moisture), take a close look to determine if they are termites or just winged ants. Termites have a single pair of wings, straight antennae, and a broad midsection while winged ants have four wings, bent or elbowed antennae, and a narrow waist.
A termite inspection will examine conditions conducive to infestation or infection and will look for live evidence of wood-destroying organisms. A leaky shower or toilet creates a moisture problem for the surrounding wood members and thus creates a suitable environment for termites or carpenter ants.
Once termites take hold of your home, they are particularly difficult to remove. Due to both their destructive power and the difficulty in removing them, termite control is effective when you understand their habits. Whenever warm temperatures hit and it rains, you should keep a watchful eye on the wet areas inside your home for termites or carpenter ants.
The majority of termites start to reproduce and lay down their own eggs in the springtime. They dig into the damp ground to lay their eggs, and while the eggs incubate, the worker termites work on you home so they can provide nourishment to the new termite babies that are about to become members of a larger colony.
Termite treatment by a professional exterminator is the most powerful way to exterminate current termites and continue to keep termites far away. The best time for termite control is actually a year-round treatment plan that works to kill existing termites and then includes treatment of the damp ground beneath your property that will prevent future infestations.