Termite Control Tempe

Termites are often mistaken for ants. Some homeowners dismiss the termites as pesky ants or just flying insects and ignore them because they do not realize they are termites. Because of this dismissal they take no preventive science-based or extermination methods, thus allowing already established termite infestations to grow exponentially.

Flying Ant v Flying Termite

Flying termites resemble flying ants, so it’s difficult for the untrained eye to tell the difference. It might help to identify the similarity and differences between the two. Ants have a distinct pinched waist while the termite is tube shaped. Termites and flying ants have four wings – but the termites’ are of equal size, while the flying ant’s wings are two distinct sizes. Lastly, ants’ antennae have an elbow or bend, whereas termite antennae are straight.

Ants Don’t Build Tunnels like Termites Do

Ants typically do not build tunnels, while subterranean termites create tunnels of mud, saliva, and fecal mater along homes and foundations that serve as entry points for above ground food sources.

Termites Prefer to Stay Hidden

Termites are difficult to detect because they don’t come out into the open that often. Rather they prefer to stay in the mounds they create in the soil, just emerging when they identify a food source. Because they are hard to see they can be a destructive force when left unchecked. In fact the royalty (including king, queen and various castes), workers, soldiers and non-winged reproductives never leave the hidden areas so most of the colony is never even seen.

While ants are annoying pests, they don’t do as much harm as termites do, so it’s crucial that you understand and can tell the difference between the two – it could cost you in the long run.

Tempe Termites

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Termite Control Arizona
1753 E BROADWAY, STE #101
TEMPE, AZ 85282
(480) 630-3019