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Spring Swarmer Termites

Spring and termites almost go hand and hand. The swarms of termites are coming, whether we like it or not. Thousands of winged termites are trying to find a new home and unfortunately your home looks welcoming.

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Learn the dangerous difference between ants and termites!

These are termites

Here is a list of common pests in the area. If you need a pest control professional, call 800-525-4825 or for Cape Cod 800-499-5866 for your FREE estimate today! For a location near you, click here.

Ant SwarmerWorker
Actual size 1/4-inch

Remains hidden inside wood or earth. Resembles a grayish-white ant—except subterranean termite has thick waist and straight antennae. His job is to feed colony; to do this he travels between the ground and wood through mud tubes.

Fruit FlySoldier
Actual size 5/16-inch

Remains hidden inside wood or earth. Resembles worker, except for longer armored head, with large jaws to ward off enemies. His job is to defend the colony, mainly against ants.

German CockroachQueen
Actual size 1/2-inch

Young queens swarm to formnew colonies. Brownish or black, with a thick waist and 2 pairs of wings equal in length. Her only duty is to lay eggs.

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Is Your Home Infested With Carpenter Ants?

Carpenter Ants are large, they are between .25 to 1 inch in length, They live throughout the United States but prefer dead, damp wood to build their nests. Carpenter ants are a common pest that may be infesting your home, especially the black carpenter ant.

Carpenter ants are not termites, they do not eat the wood in your home, but this does not mean they are harmless to your home. If you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem it is wise of you to contact A1 Exterminators immediately. Carpenter ants will cut through the wood in your home to build nest slowly tearing apart the wood and in the end, it may take longer than a termite, having a similar effect to your home if you were infested with termites.

How do you know if you have a carpenter ant problem? Call Us! But if you want to be a little more sure first, look for some signs. We all see ants roaming around throughout all of spring. But does that mean your home is infested and at risk?

The first sign you may see to warn you your home may need an exterminator are flying ants. In the spring, you may see swarms of flying ants throughout the area of you home. If you see this don’t wait to see more possible signs, call, there are not many other reasons flying ants are coming up from your porch. Waiting it out isn’t a risk you want to take. And unless you are looking for additional signs or you get a good look at the ants body, there is always the chance they were termites to begin with. And if that is the case, CALL!

I hope this little bit of information was helpful, with the beautiful weather the ants are already out and ready to build new nests. So keep your eyes open and phones ready to call us at 1-800-525-4825!

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Do You Have A Termite Problem? How Do You Eliminate The Colony?

Eliminating a termite colony…

Once you have the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, you can relax. It starts protecting homes just as soon as it’s installed, using an ongoing cycle of monitoring and baiting. Here’s how the process works to eliminate termite colonies:

As part of the service contract, the Authorized Operator…
•inspects the property for signs of termites;
•places Sentricon stations flush with the ground in the soil around the home;
•monitors the Sentricon stations for termite activity;
•delivers a Baitube™ device containing Recruit™ termite bait to these termites, which they share until the colony is eliminated;
•and continues monitoring to discover newly invading colonies. A new colony may invade and show up in Sentricon stations long after the initial colony has been eliminated.

That’s what’s so great about the Sentricon System. It’s equally successful at stopping a colony that is attacking a home and at stopping a colony that may attack a home. Treatment and prevention. In fact, homeowners with no known termite problem have the Sentricon System installed solely to make sure it stays that way.

Call A1 at 1-800-525-4825 to solve your pest management problems!

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Do You Know The Difference Between An Ant And A Termite?

To tell the difference between a winged reproductive termite and a swarming ant, look at the swarmer’s body shape, antennae and length of wings.

Ant Swarmer:

Winged reproductives produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. Colonies can have both primary reproductives (one king and one queen), and hundreds of secondary reproductives to assist in egg laying and colony growth.

Termite Swarmer:

Straight, beaded antennae, broad waistline, two pairs of wings – equal in size. A “swarm” is a dispersal flight of winged termites to start new colonies.

Ant Swarmer Body:

Elbowed antennae, narrow waist, front wings longer than back wings

Termite Swarmer Body:

Straight antennae, thick waist, both pairs of wings same size

If you are having problems with pests and are concerned you may have a termite problem, contact A1 Exterminators today for a consultation at 1-800-525-4825.

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