Termite Control Gilbert

You might already be familiar with the termite and the damage they can cause. But despite what they can do to your house and furniture, termites are key to balancing out nature. Their ability to break down dead wood and other cellulose materials is extremely vital to the ecosystem. That being said, they still can cause extensive damage – up to $5 billion a year.

Termites: Not Open Creatures

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.

Termites Often Mistaken for Ants

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. To an untrained eye flying termites resemble flying ants because they share some characteristics.

Knowing the Differences Between Ants and Termites

It might help to identify the similarity and differences between ants and termites so that you can readily identify if you might be in for some extensive damage. 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.

Gilbert Pest Control

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Termite Control Arizona
835 West Warner Road #101
Gilbert, AZ
(480) 582-1168