Nobody wants them. Unfortunately, countless homes and businesses get infestations of them every year: 白蚁. These small insects usually start to swarm in early spring as the weather warms up, and by the end of the year, 他们造成 billions of dollars in structural damage across the United States.
It’s a smart idea to inspect your property periodically for signs of termite damage. After all, what starts as a small infestation can grow into a major problem, resulting in significant property damage and unsafe living conditions.
What Does a Termite Infestation Look Like
- You see swarms of 白蚁, which are often confused for flying ants
- You see "white ants" which are actually 白蚁
- You find tunnels in the wood of your home
- You hear clicking sounds in your walls
- You find termite droppings, also known as frass
- You notice your windows and doors are warped
- You find mud tubes around your property
What Causes 白蚁 to Swarm?
白蚁 swarm for the purpose of leaving their current nest, 交配, and starting another termite colony somewhere new (your home, 例如). Discarded wings are another sign that swarmers have visited your neck of the woods. However, don't mistake flying ants for swarming 白蚁!
How Can I Tell the Difference Between a Flying Ant and a Termite?
- 机翼形状: Both flying ants and swarmers have a set of front wings and hind wings. 然而,一个 蚂蚁的 front wings are longer than their hind wings, whereas a termite’s front wings and hind wings will be roughly the same length.
- 天线的形状: An 蚂蚁的 antennae bend at about a ninety-degree angle, whereas a termite’s antennae will be relatively straight or droop slightly.
Are White Ants and 白蚁 the Same Thing?
Ants come in a variety of colors, but white is not one of them. If you see yellowish, milky-white ants, it’s time to call for 虫害控制 because “white ants” are actually 白蚁 one hundred percent of the time. Another telltale sign will be the bug’s “waistline.” Compared to 白蚁, ants have a much thinner waist section.
How Do 白蚁 Damage Wood?
As 白蚁 eat the cellulose in wood, they form grooves and tunnels (also called “galleries”) inside it. 作为一个结果, the wood becomes hollow and weak, and unfortunately, you won’t always be able to tell just by looking at it. If there is exposed wood on your property, you can inspect it by pressing and tapping on it to check for hollow-sounding spots, especially if the wood looks weathered or cracked anywhere.
What Kind of Noise Do 白蚁 Make?
白蚁 are voracious chewers. Once they start eating their way through a piece of wood, they will keep going. The faint clicking sound you hear coming from your walls is the sound of them chewing.
You might also be hearing the sound of “headbanging.” Termite soldiers will smack their heads repeatedly against the wood they’re standing on if they suspect danger is nearby. This banging sound serves as an alarm to the rest of the colony.
What is Termite Frass?
Just like any other creature, 白蚁 create droppings. They also like to keep things tidy inside their galleries. 要做到这一点, they make holes in the wood and push out their excrement (frass), which ends up forming what looks like little piles of sawdust or coffee grounds.
How Do 白蚁 Warp Doors & 窗户?
While heat and humidity make windows stiff and doors harder to open, a termite infestation can worsen the problem. As 白蚁 chew through window frames and door frames, they produce moisture. This moisture can warp those frames in a similar manner to extreme humidity.
Do 白蚁 Always Have Mud Tubes?
Subterranean 白蚁 create mud tubes to protect themselves from predators and prevent dehydration as they travel from their colony underground to their above-ground food source. They build these tunnels out of their saliva and a combination of wood and dirt. If you find mud tubes around your house’s foundation, you can bet that 白蚁 are using these little highways to access your home for food.
Have you noticed signs of 白蚁? Our experts at Sage Pest Control are ready to help! Give us a call at (704) 413-3398 today for an inspection and 免费的报价.