A termite species indigenous to Maryland is called the Eastern Subterranean Termite. As the name implies, it lies 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 the 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?
Ants or Termites?
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 measure 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 essential 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.