Missouri properties are susceptible to moderate-to-severe termite damage based on the Termite Infestation Probability (TIP) Zones, which help determine if an inspection or prevention is necessary to protect homes from termites. Because Missouri is located in TIP Zone #2, homeowners must take extra precautions to prevent termites from causing damage to their homes.
Identifying an infestation, understanding when to expect a swarm, and having a strategy if termites are found in your home will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in potential damage. Read the blog post below to learn how to identify termite swarmers and deal with the issue before it worsens.
- Think You Are Seeing Flying Ants.
Termite swarmers are commonly mistaken for flying ants because of their similarities in appearance. As a result, homeowners typically disregard these swarmers and think that they will not cause any harm to their homes.
Unfortunately, these swarmers indicate an active colony growing within your vicinity. The presence of an active colony causes infestations and significant problems for homes. It will eventually lead to structural damage and costly repairs.
- Shed Wings Are Commonly Found in Windowsills and Door Frames.
The swarming season is an important part of the survival of termite colonies and species. During termite swarming season, their king and queen are responsible for producing more offspring while undertaker workers continue to manage the nest. During this process, they need wings to find new shelter, mate, and establish a new colony. Once they have done that, the wings become unnecessary and are shed.
Inspect windowsills and other entryways for insect wings thrown away or left behind. If you find discarded wings, these are signs of an infestation, so it’s important to take appropriate pest control measures if necessary.
- Damaged Wood Can Indicate Termite Activity.
If you notice damaged wood inside or outside your home, it should prompt you to seek professional pest control assistance to determine if it is termite or another wood-destroying insect. Termite infestations can be found through routine inspections performed by a licensed pest control specialist.
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A property can sustain significant damage from termites, and early detection is essential to stop further damage. Routine inspections will help identify pest problems like termite infestations and provide solutions to keep your home or business safe.