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Flying Termites vs. Flying Ants

Summer is high season for two rather annoying flying critters: winged termites and winged ants. Both live in large colonies and when the weather is warm, they produce winged offspring to fly to different areas and begin new colonies. With termites, many of these reproductives find their way into houses and apartment buildings, creating a real headache for homeowners. While any reputable Arizona residential pest control company can provide effective ant and termite treatments in AZ, it’s a good idea to learn to distinguish between the two so you know what you’re up against.

Flying Termites

  • Straight antennae
  • Uniform body
  • Two pairs of wings that are equal length
  • Very fine, delicate, lace-like veins in wings that appear shimmery

Flying Ants

  • Bent/elbowed antennae
  • Defined waist that looks narrowed/pinched
  • Two pairs of wings that are of unequal lengths
  • Veins in wings are poorly defined/simple in appearance

The existence of a few flying ants doesn’t necessarily mean an infestation is about to occur; rather, a few winged ants likely just flew in accidentally, with no intention of setting up a new colony in your home.

The presence of flying termites, on the other hand, indicates an infestation either in or around the home. Furthermore, unlike flying ants, the termites have flown in with the intention of setting up a new colony in your home, with the potential to cause serious destruction in a short amount of time.

If you suspect a termite infestation, call Arizona Best Choice Pest Control of Scottsdale. The professional technicians at Arizona Best Choice will create a customized termite treatment in AZ that meets every client’s specific needs, all backed by flexible warranties. From chemical barriers to structural treatments, termites don’t stand a chance against the guaranteed Arizona residential pest control options at AZ Best Choice. To set up a free termite inspection in Phoenix, contact us online.

Physical Signs of a Termite Infestation: Part 2

In part 1 of our series on the physical signs of a termite infestation, we examined on of the most obvious signs of termite infestation: tunnels. In part 2, we will examine two slightly less obvious signs termite infestation.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services has been providing protection for Arizona home and business owners against Arizona Termites for over 15 years.  Subterranean Termites or Drywood Termites, we are your home town solution.

  • Pellets

Drywood termites infest homes and business in other ways.  Unlike Subterranean termites, Drywood termites fly in and colonize inside the home.  They enter homes through gaps in eaves, cracked or peeling paint, door frames, and window frames.

Drywood termites are good house keepers.  After eating wood inside a wall, the create kick holes or exit holes in the wall.  They can then, start cleaning house, and kicking the fecal pellets out of the hollow galleries.

  • The presence of “swarmers”

The second red flag that termites are infesting is the presence of winged swarmers: these are winged termites that are produced when the colony has multiplied extensively. Their job is to find new nesting places where they can set up satellite colonies. March and April are big months for swarmers, but a warm autumn also works. They are often mistaken for flying ants, but don’t take any chances: if you see something that looks like a swarmer call for a termite home inspection right away.

Termites breed in thousands and have a highly organized and efficient colony structure. When you spot any of these signs don’t hesitate to call the termite control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice for an inspection. We provide custom termite treatments in AZ that suit each situation’s unique termite control needs. Our professionally trained staff knows how to eliminate Arizona termites for good, and provides every customer with a warranty to back up our services. If it’s time for a termite inspection, visit us online to find the location closest to you

When you spot any of these signs don’t hesitate to call the termite control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice for an inspection.

Physical Signs of a Termite Infestation: Part 1

Got Termites?  Not Sure?

In Arizona, every home or business should be inspected at least once a year, regardless of age of home, or history.  When termites decide to invade, they can be very tough to stop: not only are they crafty and persistent, but they’re virtually invisible right up until the damage is done.  Taking proactive measures with a termite home inspection is a great way to prevent costly repairs and restoration. However, if you suspect the damage is already underway, this article will help you recognize the tell-tale signs of termite infestations.

An experienced termite inspector will not only be able to alert you of a possible termite concern, but can also identify conditions conducive to a termite infestation and provide advice for correcting these conditions.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services has been providing protection for Arizona home and business owners against Arizona Termites for over 15 years.  Subterranean Termites or Drywood Termites, we are your home town solution.

Tunnels

These are a sure sign of termite presence. Sometimes, the evidence is obvious, such as a noticeable mud tunnel on an exterior foundation of walls, or hanging out of an interior wall or ceiling.  However, sometimes the evidence can be inconspicuous, such as a spec of dirt on the wall that after it is scraped away reveals a hole in the drywall, or a bubble in the paint of an interior baseboard or door frame.  Subterranean termite tunnels can be rough in appearance, tubular, and built in an irregular pattern. Subterranean mud tunnels may also contain fecal matter- a health hazard that warrants the need for an immediate termite inspection.

Subterranean termite colonies live underground, and gain entry into homes along exterior foundation walls, interior cracks, or plumbing entry points.  Our trained termite staff provide years of experience it handling Arizona Termites and their entry points.

Termites breed in thousands and have a highly organized and efficient colony structure. In part 2 of this series we will review how to identify additional signs of a termite infestation.  At Arizona’s Best Choice, we provide custom termite treatments in AZ that suit each situation’s unique termite control needs. Our professionally trained staff knows how to eliminate Arizona termites for good, and provides every customer with a warranty to back up our services. If it’s time for a termite inspection, contact us online to find the location closest to you.