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Termite Threat
The Termite Threat: Common Questions

Worried About Termites? Here are some answers to common questions.

Can I tell if I have termites?

Unless there are obvious signs of active infestations, you probably won’t detect termites because they feed hidden from view. Signs include discarded wings, wood that sounds hollow when tapped, cracked or bubbling paint and termite droppings that look like sawdust (frass). You may also see mud tubes.

Does spotting a termite swarm mean it’s too late?

If you see a termite swarm in or around your house, or find discarded wings from swarmers, call us at House to Home, immediately to set up an inspection.

What do termites feed on?

They feed on cellulose-based material that includes wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall. And termites can tunnel hundreds of feet through the soil to reach food.

Why are termites such a threat to my home?

Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued treatment are the best ways to exterminate these pests and truly protect your investment in your property.

Ants or Termites?

It is also possible that you are not dealing with termites at all. Carpenter ants look very similar to swarming termites due to the fact that both reproductive stages have wings. If you find signs of winged insects, don't panic and assume that they are automatically termites. Carefully pick one up and look at under a magnifying glass. Look for the most common sign - the color. Subterranean termite swarmers are solid black, drywood swarmers are solid red, while carpenter ants are usually red and black or dark brown. The other big difference is in the body. Termites all have a long body with no small segments attached. Ants always have a thin neck and a thin waist. If you think you have carpenter ants, then don't go any further, because carpenter ants require a totally different treatment than termites.