Battling a Winged Termite Infestation

The winged termite is an insect that is often confused with the flying ant. These pests are really unwanted and can be very hard to eliminate on your own. But how do you recognize if you truly have a termite invasion or just ant trouble? We are going to talk about the main differences between the winged termite and the flying ant so that you can better recognize your problem, then we will talk about the killing procedure that will confidently rid your house of these pests.

While the winged termite is not a detailed type of termite, it is the most common type found in residences. These termites are often referred to as the “swarmers” because they are the ones venturing out and reproducing. Have you seen these around your home? If you have observed the swarmers flying towards your house from everywhere outside, then you probably stand a good chance of fighting the problem. The real problem is when you observe the swarmers flying FROM your house and into the outdoors. This is a tell-tale symptom that these termites are most likely nested anywhere in your house, which will make the termination procedure much more complicated.

Drywood Termites

The winged termite regularly ventures out for reproduction in a huge swarm—we’re talking thousands of these little critters—and it only takes one male and one female to create a colony anywhere (such as your home!). When a male and female have begun the reproductive process, their wings will fall off—which is just another sign to look out for in your home. If you see a bunch of wings scattered about it could be an indication that they have already begun to create their colony. You may also want to keep an eye out for damaged wood in your home. Termite damage is often spotted when the wood has been hollowed out and bits of mud or soil line the hollowed area. Sometimes the termites will burrow into plaster or drywall which can leave the exterior of the wall looking a little sunken in areas.

As mentioned before, the winged termite is often confused with the flying ant because, at first glance, they really do look a lot alike. Flying termites are most easily recognized when they are not flying, as their white wings lay stacked on top of the other on the back of the termite.

flying termites

It gives the appearance of a white teardrop with a blackhead at the tip. If you are up for a closer inspection, try to notice the antennae of the insect. Are they straight or angled? Straight antennae indicate that it is indeed a termite as ants have curved antennae. When the wings are spread, the termite’s body is roughly the same width all the way down. This is noticeably different from an ant’s body, which has a “waist” (where the abdomen and thorax are separated).

After you have verified that the creatures you’ve been spotting around the house are indeed termites, it’s time to call in the pros. You may be asking why you can’t just take care of the problem yourself. For one, termites can cause severe damage to your home if they nest in areas of the house that contribute to the structural safety of the building. Therefore knowledge of these important areas, as well as the areas that termites are most likely to enter the home, is imperative. Even if you do know a thing or two about construction, chances are that you don’t have the necessary equipment to get the job done properly.

termite killing

Don’t let that wound your pride—termite extermination is a very in-depth process and the drills, pumps, soil treatment machinery, and hundreds of gallons of termite pesticides can be quite costly to purchase for a one-time job. That’s why people go into the termite business in the first place!

The idea of hunting for a Termite Control Melbourne professional can be a little overwhelming at first. You want someone who can get the job done right the first time or who is at least willing to stand by their performance. If you know of friends or family members who have recently dealt with a termite problem, ask them if they would recommend a company. If you don’t have any luck there, try looking online for reviews of companies in your local area. Bear in mind that one person’s experience may not be the same as another person’s because termite problems range from the minor to the severe. Sometimes even the best exterminators can’t completely eradicate the problem.

The best thing you can do for your home and your sanity is to call a termite control professional as soon as you notice the signs of a termite infestation. The sooner you catch the problem, the easier it will be to correct it!

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