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Four Costly Misconceptions About Termites
With over 2000 species of termites, we’ve learned that termite control can be very confusing for many homeowners. In fact, there are so many misconceptions about these wood devouring insects that we decided to write this post to help you better understand them and how they can affect your property.
Misconception Number Three:
Termites are only active in the warmer months when they swarm.
No. Unfortunately, termites are a 24/7 pest, meaning that they gorge themselves 24 hours a day, seven days a week, putting your biggest investment, your home at risk.
If you see swarmers emerging from the base of a foundation wall, a porch or patio, window sills or door casings, there’s a good chance your house may have an active infestation. Unless you’re a trained technician, it’s easy to confuse winged termites with ants, which often swarm at the same times of year. Termites have straight antennae, uniform waists and equally sized wings. Winged ants, on the other hand, have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.
We recommend that you call your local ValuePest office and have an inspector come out to your home so that the insects can be identified.