How Do i know if termites are invading my home?

May 24th, 2015

Our homes should be safe, secure, and reliable places to perform some of our favorite activities, including sleeping, reading, watching movies, and eating with our loved ones. Unfortunately, certain pests also find our homes safe, secure, and reliable. In the case of termites, they also find our homes very tasty. It is unappealing to think about, but there is a chance that your home could currently be inhabited by more than just you and your family members. Even if you do not see pests, there is still a chance that they could live between your walls or only come out at night and are good at staying hidden.

Termites and winged ants are pests that have no business living in your home with you. They can spread illnesses, bite you, and even damage your home itself. Termites consume the wood that is between your walls, severely impacting the structural integrity of a building, and ants can bite tiny holes through your floorboards, molding, and walls–holes that many other pests can use as a quick path from the great outdoors right into the comfort of your home. Some people can even have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, especially ant bites.

At the first sight of a pest invasion, it is important that you find professional pest control in Middleburg so that you can protect your home, yourself, and, most importantly, your family, from the harm that pests can cause.

In order to understand the severity and exact nature of your pest invasion, though, it is important to be able to differentiate between winged ants and termites. The former is an annoyance, the latter is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. Termite damage is one of the most expensive types of home disasters you can face. Only flooding and fires are more severe.

Here are a few handy ways to tell these two nasty pests apart:

  • Termites have straight antennae; winged ants have crooked antennae.

  • Termites have straight bodies (imagine a short butterfly body); winged ants have hourglass-shaped bodies.

  • Termites have 4 similar wings, with 2 on each side of their body; winged ants have 4 wings, with 2 large ones in front and 2 smaller ones beneath them.

  • Winged ants tend to be larger and have longer legs than termites.

Since they are both weak flyers, they are more likely to be walking in or around your home. If you see one, try to get a good look at it; it will be unlikely to fly away. Use this guide to determine which type of pest is attempting to violate and damage your home. As soon as you know which is the guilty culprit, you can contact the professionals to come to your home and remove them.

Our Middleburg, FL pest control experts at Champion Termite & Pest Control are trained to effectively eliminate termites from any property. Experts such as ours will also let you know the extent of the damage the pests have already caused, if any. So don’t fret if you cannot determine whether you have seen winged ants or termites; the professionals will know exactly what they are and what to do about them.