Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.
Winged termites are called swarmers that are 3/8 of an inch long with a dark body and legs. These winged termites differ from winged ants in that termites have equal-length front and back wings, bead-like antennae and a broad connection between the middle and rear of the body.
Termites without wings are called workers and soldiers. Workers are 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long and are a pale cream color. Soldiers are similar to workers, but soldiers have a large head ad mouthparts.
Termites prefer to nest in moist wood in contact with the soil. They use mud tubes to cross masonry or other surfaces. When indoors, termites can be found anywhere wood products and moisture exist.
Winged termites (swarmers) and winged ants (alates) can be easily confused. One simple difference is the wing size. Termite swarmer wings are all the same size, while ant alate wings are two different sizes.
Wood or wood by-products such as drywall, paper-based ceiling tiles
Termites can cause structural damage to wood and wood products.
Mud tubes are a good sign to indicate a termite infestation. Mud tubes are pencil-sized tunnels located around termite nests, wood structures and concrete foundations. This tube is made out of small pieces of soil and wood. Termites make these mud tubes to help protect them from predators and dry environments while traveling between a food source or nest.
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We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.
Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.
First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.
Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.
Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.