Spring and termites almost go hand in 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. These swarming termites are looking to build a new colony in your home. Many times, homeowners don’t even know they have termites until this time of the year. These termites may have been feasting on your home for years and the homeowners never even knew it.
Termite colonies start small, and when they find a good place to enjoy life, they grow. Workers gather food while the queen is laying eggs. Eventually, the colony needs more workers than the queen can produce. In that case, the queen then makes a secondary reproductive line. These are called “sub-queens” and they start laying eggs just like the queen, helping to increase the size of the colony. The colony needs a good recourse of food, which is wood. Or aka, your home. Termites take the wood and return to the colony to share the food. As the colony grows, termites are keeping their species alive. This is where the termite swarm comes in to play. Only mature and established colonies can send out swarmers.
In order to start a new colony, termites have to have swarmers. These swarmers, ensure that the species will live on. Eastern Sub-Terranean termites are the type of termites we see here in the spring. Once a colony reaches it limit of workers, the queen starts producing eggs that are her “swarmer” eggs. While the queen is producing her swarmers, the worker termites are building a tunnel for the swarmers to get to the surface and fly. Swarmers have wings and they fly, but minimally. The only reason they can fly is to mate. They have the hopes of meeting a mate and then digging into the ground to start a new colony.
When you see hundreds of swarmers near your home, don’t panic. The ones you see are not the ones who are doing the damage to your home. They are just a tell-tale sign that there is a colony nearby. If you see these “swarmers” you will need to contact a professional to take care of the problem with a termite treatment plan. Contact an A-1 Exterminator professional at 800-525-4825 to help rectify this situation.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.