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Why are regular inspections important?

Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, “There are two types of homes in Kalamazoo, those that have been treated for termites and those that will be eventually.”

Regular inspections are always a good idea.  Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to one of your largest investments.

What does termite activity look like?

It can be difficult sometimes to distinguish the difference between a Termite swarmer and a flying ant.  Here is a helpful image to tell the difference or give us a call and we would be happy to identify it for you.

Difference between flying ants and termites

 Body Parts Flying Ant Flying Termite
Wings Front pair is longer than the back pair.
Not easily broken off.
Front and back wings are the same size.
Easily broken off.
Waist Narrow and pinched. Thicker and less defined.  
Antennae Elbowed Straight

 Termites are small, measuring between 4 to 15 millimeters (0.16 to 0.59 in) in length.  The largest of all termites are the queens of the species, measuring up to over 10 centimeters (4 in) in length.  Most worker and soldier termites are completely blind, and do not have eyes.

Termites operate in a caste system.  Worker termites undertake the most labor within the colony, being responsible for foraging, food storage, and brood and nest maintenance. The soldiers sole purpose is to defend the colony.  Many soldiers have large heads with highly modified powerful jaws so enlarged they cannot feed themselves. Instead, like juveniles, they are fed by workers.

The reproductive caste of a mature colony includes a fertile female and male, known as the queen and king.  The queen of the colony is responsible for egg production for the colony. The king mates with her for life, producing reproductive winged alates at a certain time of the year, and huge swarms emerge from the colony when nuptial flight begins.

Caste system of termites

Secondary queen
Tertiary queen
Winged Reproductive

Evidence of termites can be identified in several ways.  Termites live in the soil beneath homes and enter through wood that touches the ground.   They construct mud tubes from the ground to the wood they infest.  Foundations made of hollow blocks, or cracks in concrete foundation also provide easy access to infest your home.  In the spring there may be a swarm, or a pile of wings left behind. We are trained to look for each of these signs to identify an infestation.

What should I do to prepare for my treatment?

  • Treatment often will involve drilling through the concrete floor in certain areas, to treat the soil beneath the concrete. Residents, and their pets, should plan to be away from the home for the day.
  • Prior to service, will be a full inspection, noting the areas to be treated. In these areas, all furniture, appliances, or stored materials should be moved away from all interior walls, at least three feet where possible.
  • All breakable items should also be removed from tables, walls, or cabinets, in areas to be treated, so that nothing will be knocked over.

Contact Pest Pros today for more information and to schedule a no-obligation inspection to identify the extent of your issue and make recommendations for treatment options.

What are my Treatment Options?

We offer the latest technology and products when it comes to treating your home for termites.  Click on the link below for more information about the products we use and how the treatments work.

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