- Created: 06 February 2019 06 February 2019
There are a number of things you can look for if you suspect any kind of termite activity. Read on to find out where to look and what to look for.
How do I recognize a termite?
Termites have been evolving for hundreds of millions of years, so they know how to hide. It’s likely that the insects themselves won’t be seen until the damage has been discovered. That being said, there is one time of year that the reproductives of the group will be out and about looking to get lucky. This is known as the swarm season, and in New Jersey it typically happens between February and June. Termites that look suspiciously like flying ants come out of the colony, fly around searching for mates, drop their wings, then settle down with their new partner in damp wood to get a new colony started.
What does a termite look like?
Swarming termites resemble flying ants, are brown/black in color, grow up to 1/2” long and have two pairs of wings. The key difference between the termite and flying ant is their waist. Ants have a slender pinch, where termites are just broad all the way down their body. After the winged termites get lucky and find a mate, they drop their wings, so there is also a possibility you will find discarded, translucent wings along with a termite problem. If this is the case, be sure to contact a pest control professional right away and they can help you figure out where and how bad the issue is.
How can I tell if I have a termite problem?
- If you see wings, you have a problem.
- In New Jersey, the swarm season typically comes between February and June. If you notice discarded wings sprinkling the floor, it is a likely sign that there is significant termite activity in the building. Often, the wings are the only thing you’ll find—the termites themselves may keep hidden.
- Mud tubes indicate a termite infestation.
- Termites build elaborate transport tubes so they can travel undetected. If you see a muddy-looking layer of crust on the boards in your basement or cellar, there is a good chance you’ve got termites crawling under there. Contact a pest control professional as soon as you can.
- Hollowed, rotten wood can be the work of a termite colony.
- Termites are the original in-situ miners of our planet, and they do a pretty decent job of maximizing their food while leaving as little as possible for structure around them. If you have a termite colony working on your structure, the wood is likely very hollow and rotten. Call Ace Walco today if you have noticed any of these signs of termite damage.
Where should I look for termite problems?
Termites actually live in the ground, but they travel to and eat wood. This means that the most likely places to find these destructive insects are areas where wood and dirt are most closely in contact. Basements, cellars and crawlspaces are all common spots to find termites in New Jersey. Doorframes, steps and porches are also likely areas to find termite activity. Slab on grade structures are especially susceptible to termite activity, because the floor joists close to the ground offer super access for the colonies. If you notice any termite activity it is important to have your structure inspected by a qualified expert. Pest control professionals like the ones at Ace Walco have specialized training and can identify signs of infestation that might otherwise go unnoticed.