An infestation of termites can wreak havoc on a home and even cause significant structural damage in a very short period of time. Often, home owners do not know how to identify termites around their homes. Monitoring your home for termites is an important part of home ownership. Having a clear understanding of what they are and where they live will help.
2 important things to know about identifying termites:
- What does a termite look like: Homeowners often have a tough time telling the difference in termites and certain types of ants. While property owners do not desire to have either of these pests, it is important to know the difference. Knowing the difference will allow for proper treatment and extermination. While both species have four wings, termite wings are uniform in size. Winged ants have noticeably larger wings in the front than the pair in the back. Termites antennae are almost straight while the ant's antennae is bent. Termite wings are twice as long as their body. Recognizing the difference will allow you to decide how to proceed with ridding your home of the pests.
- Where do termites live: Knowing where to look for the termites around your home is important. Subterranean termites, which are common in this area live underground and access sources of wood through a series of termite tunnels, also called mud tubes. These tubes are constructed of soil and wood and are frequently found near nests and homes. You may see the tubes on the side of the foundation of your home. Termites will also make their homes in holes in wood on the home. Making sure to seal all holes in the wood will help with prevention. Termites may also make their nest in the ground around the base of the home. It is often difficult to spot the nests if they are in the ground.
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