Termite treatments and excellent building methods can't totally avoid a termite influx. Homeowners in termite-prone areas have to keep an eye out for signs of the wood-eating insects. Often, the first symbol of influx is the materialization of a group. If you find alates indoor your house, they possibly came in during your walls. This is a certain sign that there are termites in your home. However, if you find a group outside, mainly if it's coming from a base or a tree, the influx may not have reached the building. Alates can look a lot like ants -- here's how to tell the difference:
· Ants have a thin waist. Termites do not.
· Ants' front wings are appreciably longer than their back wings. Termites' wings are the similar length, and they can fold directly back down the length of the termite's body.
· Ants' antennae are bent. Termites' antennae do not bend, and they look like a very fine sequence of pearls.
Here are some other general signs of home termite influx:
· Wings: Alates shed their wings just after swarming. When the alates are within your home, they naturally shed their wings on windowsills or near lights.
· Decayed wood: Termite injure usually follows the grain of the wood. Termites also line the damaged wood with soil. Damage from other sources, like water or fungus, doesn't follow this pattern.
· Shelter tubes: Termites will dig tubes up cinderblocks, existing, brick and other surfaces in arrange to get to wood. Sometimes, if you smash the tubes open, you will see live termite workers inside.
Termite damage happens from the contained by out, so it can be hard to notice an influx. If the wood in your house sounds boring when hit with a mallet, there may be termite action inside. You can also make use of screwdriver or ice pick to carefully search anywhere you believe termites might be hiding. This can expose damaged wood and the termites themselves.
Treating a termite influx require a specialized exterminator. Next, we'll take a look at the most universal technique used to get rid of termites.