Each year, many Maryland households are infested with termites, causing serious structural damage. Termites can cause more damage in great frequency than all other natural disasters occurring annually in the United States. Termites are known as the most damaging wood destroyer in all of North America. Termites are generally grouped according to their feeding behavior. The common general groupings are subterranean, soil-feeding, drywood, dampwood, and grass-eating. Subterraneans and drywoods are primarily responsible for damage to man-made structures.
A termite species indigenous to Maryland is called the Eastern Subterranean Termite. As the name implies, it lives beneath the soil, underground and cannot survive long above ground before they dehydrate and die. To survive they build elaborate tubes of mud on your foundation, cinder block, or wood. The tunnels act as protection for the colony.
Termites are social insects living in colonies like ants and bees. The colony is made up of several castes including queen, soldiers, winged reproductives and workers. The winged reproductive, or swarmers, are the type of termite most commonly found by the homeowner. Ant colonies also contain winged reproductives, and look very similar to termites.
Termites swarm in the spring and look like flying ants. Termite infestations often are overlooked when homeowners mistake swarming termites for flying ants. So how can you tell the difference between a termite swarmer and a flying ant?
You can determine the difference between ants and termites by examining the body and wings. Ants have three body sections while the termite has only two. The two sections include the head and cigar-shaped body. The ant has two sets of wings of differing lengths. The termite, however, has two sets of wings of equal length and the wings are longer than their body.
If you notice swarms of termites during the spring, it is a good indication of an impending infestation problem. The spring season is typically an important time for Maryland termite control.
At Calvert Extermination, we provide a comprehensive solution to your termite problem. We will thoroughly inspect your home, offer environmentally sound options and ongoing termite control. Call us today!