IS IT A TERMITE OR AN ANT?
With warmer temperatures and the rainy season upon us, it’s time for the insect kingdom to come to life, along with flower blooming, trees leafing, and the grass growing. One of the biggest issues each spring is swarming termites. Termite infestations are responsible for major damage to homes throughout the United States costing homeowners $5 billion each year.
Termites swarm in the spring when weather conditions are just right. For the untrained eye, they will look like ants with wings.
How can you tell the difference? Once you know what to look for it’s easy. Ants will always have a segmented body and have antennae that are elbowed, or bent. Termites have a body shape that is more cylindrical or cigar shaped with straight antennae. Termite wings are generally twice the length of their body. Ants will not drop their wings like termites do.
The good news is termite swarms happen typically only in the spring. The bad news is that termites never sleep. Even though there is no swarm to find, termites can be munching on your home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s best to have a peace of mind inspection of your home annually to uncover any lurking problems with termites. Even better, have a preventive treatment to your home for that total peace of mind.
Call STL Pest Control today to have one of our termite experts inspect and/or treat your home. Just call (314) 833-6222 for an appointment.