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Pests are everywhere, and chances are you’ve had to deal with more than a few, but termites can be the most dangerous, simply due to the fact that they can destroy your home in a short amount of time, thus making them some of the least favored pests around. Despite the fact that they can cause expensive damage (up to $5 billion in damages each year) termites are key to balancing out nature. Their ability to break down dead wood and other cellulose materials is extremely vital to the ecosystem.

Termites are Not Obvious – But Not Shy

Termites are known to be difficult to detect because they often don’t come out into the open. Rather, preferring to stay in the mounds they create in the soil until they identify a food source. They are hard to see and thus they can be a destructive force when left unchecked. Most of the colony is actually never seen – the royalty (including king, queen and various castes), workers, soldiers and non-winged reproductives never leave the hidden areas.

Termites Often Mistaken for Other Pests – Usually Ants

Some homeowners dismiss the termites as pesky ants or just flying insects and ignore them because they do not realize they are termites.They then take no preventive science-based or extermination methods, thus allowing already established termite infestations to grow exponentially. To an untrained eye flying termites resemble flying ants because they share some characteristics.

Telling the Difference Between Ants and Termites

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 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. Knowing the difference between the two is crucial to protecting your home – what you think is just an ant infestation could cost you some serious damage if you later realize you are dealing with termites.

 

Arizona Pest Control

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Termite Control Arizona
125 N. 2nd Street
Suite 110
Phoenix AZ 85004
(480) 630-2641
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