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Termites are often confused with other pests, especially ants. Often, a suspected problem with termites turns out to be a problem with carpenter ants or fire ants because they look so similar.
Correct identification is crucial in determining the treatment needed to control them in your property. Here’s how to establish the general differences in appearance and behavior between ants and termites:
Waist - Termites have a straight waist, while ants have a pinched waist.
Antennae - Termites have straight antennae while ants have bent antennae.
Wing Length - Termites wings are the same length while ants have wings of different length. Also, termite swarmers shed their wings, while ants do not.
Have you spotted termites in your workplace? As these insects are highly destructive, you should request a termite inspection from Rentokil right away.
Termites differ in appearance based on caste, life cycle stage and termite type. Here are some of the key differences:
Subterranean Termites - Swarmers are winged termites that are dark brown in color and are ¼ - ½ inch in length. Worker termites measure about ¼ inch, have no wings and are cream-colored. Soldier termites have jaws to help them chew through wood and are generally the same color as workers but have brown heads.
Dampwood Termites - At about ⅜ - ¾ inch in length, Dampwood solider termites have a flattened brown head with long dark brown mandibles, or long teeth. Reproductives have dark brown wings and dark brown bodies. Nymphs are cream-colored with a spotted pattern on their abdomen
Drywood Termites - Swarmers have a pair of wings with a dark veined outline that falls off after they swarm. Their bodies can be up to 12 mm long. Drywood termite soldiers have large mouthparts and a cream-colored body with dark brown head.
Here are a few common signs of termites in your business that you might see (or hear):
Many businesses, even those built out of stone or brick, are at risk of termites. Structural supports and other building components will still typically be made out of wood and other cellulose-based materials, which is a great food source for termites.
As well as damage to wooden structures, termites have also been known to damage insulation, plaster, books and even swimming pool liners.
Termites eat 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. This means they are constantly consuming wood and damaging it. If left untreated, termites can seriously weaken the wood within your business leading to the possible collapse of the building.
To help guard your business against termites and avoid expensive repair bills, Rentokil offers comprehensive termite prevention plans to minimize the risk from this pest.
Contact us online or call us today at 1-800-837-5520 for a FREE termite inspection of your business.
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