Flying Ants or the “Silent Destroyer”

Often this time of year you will see swarms of insects that can leave any homeowner worried. However, knowing the difference between a flying ant and termite can help alleviate some Spring time stress. The easiest way to identify a termite is by it’s antennae.  A termite will have straight antennae, while flying ants antennae are bent.  Also, termites wings are similar in size, while ants have two sets of wings often with one larger than the other.  Termites often swarm in the early spring when it is warm and rainy and ants can swarm year round.

With termites being a constant threat to a homeowners largest investment, you will want to take extra precautions to prevent them from making themselves at home. Here are a few simple steps to prevent a termite infestation:

  • Repair A/C units and leaking faucets
  • Divert water from foundation
  • Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
  • Keep firewood away from foundation or crawl space
  • Get rid of stumps and debris near house
  • Check wooden fences for damage
  • Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil

Not even the most cautious homeowner is guaranteed to avoid the wrath of the “silent destroyer” though.  If you feel like termites have snuck past your line of prevention here are a few signs that you can look for:

  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes  or tunnels on wood beams or exterior walls
  • Discarded wings

For regular preventative or termite inspections call Accurate Home Services today.

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