Its subterranean termite swarming season, and we really want our customers to know what to look out for to prevent some serious damage to your property. With that in mind, we have put together this handy guide.
What do Subterranean Termites Look Like?
Subterranean Termites come in three varieties: Workers, Swarmers, and Soldiers. Since workers tend to look the same across all termite species, here’s how to identify subterranean termite Swarmers and Soldiers.
Soldiers typically don’t have any wings. They have very large jaws and are their bodies are off white in color. Their heads are usually brown.
Swarmers on the other hand are dark brown, almost black in color. They can get up to a half inch long and have two pairs of wings, which they shed during mating season. You can sometimes find these piles of wings when an infestation is present.
Is having Subterranean Termites a big deal?
In a word, yes. These pests cause billions in damage to buildings each year, and their appetite doesn’t stop there. Anything made of paper is fair game as well. The swarm grows fast too, as many of these colonies can have multiple females laying eggs.
The biggest concern though is that they can go undetected for a long period of time. The longer they go unnoticed, the more damage they can cause. Keep an eye out for the winged swarmers… they are the ones you are most likely to spot.
Okay, how do I kill them?
Subterranean Termites are not easy to get rid of, and so we really recommend that you call us on this one. If you see little piles of wings or damaged wood, have us come out to take a look. Putting together a customized treatment plan and then going after them at their source is what we do.
Fore more info on termites, or to get some help, please give us a call or contact us to schedule an appointment.