There are few things more worrisome to a homeowner than hearing the words, “You have termites.” Termites can cause billions of dollars in structural damage every year. Unless you are trained to spot termites like the expert pest technicians at Seitz Brothers, you may never know that termites are present in your home.
Finding out that you have termites is never news you want to hear, but the sooner you address the issue, the sooner you solve your issue with termite control.
Several types of termites live throughout the U.S., but the most common termite that you’re likely to come in contact with is the subterranean termite. This species of termite is the most destructive species and can be found in every state but Alaska.
While it’s best to seek expert opinion from experienced termite control technicians, it’s also essential that you know some of the identifying characteristics of termites.
- Swarmers, or alates, are dark brown or black, about ¼ to ½ inch in size, and two pairs of wings that are close together
- Workers are cream-colored, about ¼ inch in size, and have no wings
- Soldiers are also cream-colored, have no wings, large jaws and are known to defend the termite colony
Many homeowners have mistaken a termite colony for winged-ants. Termite wings are roughly equal in length, and their antennae are straight (but some droop). Winged-ants have longer front wings than their hind wings, and their antennae bend at a 90-degree angle.
Aside from positively identifying the termite colony, you might see mud tubes running across concrete or wooden floors in a building. The tubes are typically pencil-sized or larger. You may notice termite wings on surfaces like a countertop or floor.
If you notice “sagging” in wooden structures, there’s a good chance that you have a termite problem. It’s essential to call a termite control expert right away.
Are Termites Dangerous?
Considering the amount of structural damage they can do by eating wood structures, many people wonder if termites could cause harm to humans. Termites rarely bite humans, but like other types of pests, individuals with allergies may be more sensitive to termite infestations.
Undetected and untreated termite infestations can cause damage and affect the structural integrity of your home, which can be far more dangerous than a bite. Trying to treat termites on your own with insecticides can also be hazardous to your health.
Treating Your Home for Termites
Trying to treat termites on your own is often temporary and ineffective. You can fill gaps, free vents from blockages and do other maintenance on your home to make your living space less inviting to termites. Avoid doing repairs until you have your termite infestation under control.
It’s important to take action as soon as you suspect that you have termites. At Seitz Bros., we have years of experience accurately identifying termites, customizing treatment plans for homeowners and offering advice on how to keep termites away for good.
Call us today for a free quote and to schedule an appointment for one of our termite control technicians to visit your home. Termite infestations are often overwhelming, but we will guide you through every step of the process. You don’t have to worry about the destructive pests taking over your life.