Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN
Seeing a bunch of pests swarming around your home could be cause for concern. However, properly identifying the insects is the first step in getting treatment for the pests. Therefore, your professional termite control company in Nashville, Ameri Care Services, is providing information on how to know if the pests swarming around your home are flying ants or termites.
It Looks Like an Ant
Seeing pests that look like an ant with wings probably means it is just that, an ant with wings. Even though that may seem like an oversimplified description, flying ants are relatively simple to identify. The parts of an ant are its abdomen, thorax, and head. When observing an ant’s body, you may notice a significant pinch in the area of the thorax and abdomen. Termites do not have the same pinched area in their body, and it appears they only have two sections to their body. If you are not sure about the differences in appearance, your pest control specialists in Murfreesboro at Ameri Care Services can help you identify the pest that is lurking around your home.
Wings are Different
The differences between a winged ant and a termite swarmer’s wings are significant, and you should be able to tell the difference between the two pests at a distance. Also, another key to help distinguish between flying ants and termite swarmers is that termite swarmers do not comingle with ants. So, if you see regular ants mingling with flying pests, the flying pests are probably ants that still have their wings because they have not yet mated. Below are some identifying characteristics of flying ants and termite swarmer’s wings.
Flying Ant Wings:
- Colored Yellowish
- Split by a Cleft at the Tips
- Split, With Two Stacked on One Side and Two on the Other
Termite Swarmer Wings:
- Colored White
- Rounded at the Tips
- Stacked on Top of Each Other
- Twice as Long as the Body of the Termite Swarmer
What It Means When You Spot Swarmers
Spotting a termite swarm near your home indicates there is a colony somewhere close by since termite swarms do not travel far. Although you may not have an infestation, you could already have an established termite colony actively feeding on the wood in your home. Normally, a colony of termites only produces termite swarmers once it has matured, which takes approximately three to four years. Unfortunately, that means termites have had a few years of feeding on your property and have already caused damage. Also, the swarmers only swarm for a short time. Then, they find a mate, pair off, and look for a new location to establish a colony. Unfortunately, that often means your home could be subject to new nests and an infestation. When you notice shed wings lying around your home, it is time to call the termite exterminators in Nashville at Ameri Care Services to have a trained technician locate and eradicate the colony of termites in your home.
Termite Control in Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN
Termites can be a difficult pest to get rid of once they make their presence known. They also cause costly damages to the structure of your home. To prevent termites from entering your home, it is recommended to have your local pest control company in Murfreesboro, Ameri Care Services, inspect your home regularly to look for signs of termites. Feel free to call (615) 893-7111 or schedule an evaluation today to protect the investment in your home.