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Are You Seeing Swarms of Termites This Spring? New Jersey Termite Control Experts

Filed under: New Jersey Termite Control Experts — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:59 am April 17, 2017

Are You Seeing Swarms of Termites This Spring? New Jersey Termite Control Experts

Did you know that termites can actually fly at one point in their tiny lives? I sure as heck never did. While they are in the soil termites don’t generally have wings. However, during swarming season, which just happens to be in April and May, they can grow a set of wings during a stage when they are called alates. One very easy way to tell of you have a termite infestation is if you see any swarms near your home during their swarming season.

One problem that can arise during this special warming time of year is that swarming ants and termites can look pretty similar at first glance, being of a similar size and color, making it easy to misidentify which one is actually infesting your home. There are a few ways to distinguish termites from ants if you find yourself in this situation. Termites have stick straight antennae compared to an ant’s curved antennae. While both insects have two pairs of wings, termites have wings that are equal in size and shape while ants have much larger front wings than back. The last way you can tell them apart is to think like a man and take a look at their waist. An ant’s waist is restricted between their Thorax (front of body) and Abdomen (back of body) giving them a figure closer to a woman’s hourglass shape. Termites do not have this restriction between their front and back, and so do not have a waist that curves in, but rather a more straight body with boyish hips.

Now, just because you see a swarm that does not necessarily mean you have a termite infestation, which is why a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of the structure is necessary to determine if you have an active infestation. Of course, to do this you need to call in the professionals at your local pest management company. This is not a job for amateurs.

You can, however, do a few things to try and prevent a termite infestation. One thing you can do is spread a liquid insecticide in the soil around the perimeter of your home. There are also liquid and foam insecticide treatments that you can apply inside your walls through a drilled hole. You can also go the route of installing an insecticide bait in the soil around your home and lure the buggers in and then ruin their plans with tasty poison. Of course, you should always strictly follow the directions to any at home insecticide treatments, and call in a professional to handle more difficult situations of insect invasion.

Have you ever seen a swarm of termites? Have you ever had to get your house treated for a termite infestation? How did you finally get rid of them?