Finding termites in your home can be very alarming. But before you call your Pest Management Professional, you might want to take a closer look to see if you’re actually dealing with flying ants. Both types of insects appear in the spring, but there are ways to tell them apart. Guarantee Pest Control has provided general pest control services to Lexington, KY and the surrounding areas since 1953, and they have a few tips to help you determine if those are termites or flying ants in your home.
What does a termite look like? Their bodies are dark-colored with a thick waist. They also have straight antennae, and both pairs of their wings are the same size and shape.
Flying ants, by contrast, have pinched waists, and their bodies are segmented into three sections: the head, thorax, and abdomen. Flying ants also have elbowed antennae, and two sets of wings, with the front set being bigger than the rear set .
While flying ants are harmless, termites can cause damage to your home by eating wood members like floor joist, sill plates, baseboards door frames and even the paper on your drywall The best way to prevent a termite infestation is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. You can do this by:
- Repairing leaks in indoor and outdoor water lines, roofs, and gutters.
- Keep firewood, mulch and scrap lumber away from your home’s foundation.
- Trim bushes and shrubs away from the foundation of your home.
- Any wood on your home, such as siding, should be at least six inches away from the ground.
- Seal cracks in your home’s foundation to cut off entry points for termites.
There will be times when you do your best, but you still find termites or other pests in your home. Luckily, Guarantee Pest Control in Lexington, KY can solve any and all of your residential pest control needs. Call them today at (859) 254-2076 for termite infestations, ant control, and rodent exterminations, or visit their website for a complete list of services.