Insidious Creatures

  • By:exxeltermite

Termites are insidious creatures that can create their nests both above and underground to a gain access to your home and cause costly property damage. Termites remain hidden, doing their damage and work for years. However, there is one major warning sign you should be looking out for, termite swarmers. Seeing these termite swarmers means there is a colony somewhere close.

A termite colony can be split into different categories workers, soldiers and alate. The alates are the only ones with wings and that can fly. Termite swarmers can be mistaken as flying ants, make sure you know the difference. Swarmer’s also known as reproductives, are young female and male winged termites. They will emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our home. Termite swarmers discard their wings near doors or windowsills, sign of a termite problem.

Termite wings and swarmers could be a sign of a much bigger problem. If a swarm comes from somewhere inside your house, it’s a sign of a termite infestation. Look for soft or rotting wood with no explanation, buckling wood floor boards or unexplained small holes in sheetrock. All may be a sign of activity. To determine if you have ants or termites, it is best to contact Exxel Termite Co. for assistance.  Since, flying termites only make a small portion, the best way to get rid of flying termites is to exterminate all the termites in general. Termites need wood and moisture. Limit their access to both to protect your home.

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