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How To Tell If It's Carpenter Ants Or Termites In Your Souderton Property

November 9, 2020


It’s easy to put off pest management if you don’t see any insects or creatures. However, there are many critters who invade all at once. Some silently intrude and remain hidden for extended periods of time. You don’t want to underestimate bugs or the necessity of precautionary measures. You could be injured or hurt by a sneak attacking specimen. You could get exposed to nasty germs and get sick. Your Souderton home or business could literally be destroyed. Termites and carpenter ants will make certain of that if you’re not careful.

Termites and carpenter ants are wood-destroying insects known for quietly concealing themselves. The former is responsible for $5 billion in expenses in the United States annually. The latter moves at a much slower pace with creating wreckage, but they can still be costly. Learn the difference between them and how you can stop them with Moyer Pest Control.

a carpenter ant on a basement floor

Termites: Appearance, Behavior, & Risks

In any given termite colony, you have the workers, soldiers, and swarmers. White or grayish-white, workers are about 0.12 of an inch long and are the most ruinous. Soldiers aren’t much bigger, but they protect the group with their sharply shaped jaws. They have rectangular heads and are yellow-brown. Swarmers use their wings to exit the nest during the spring season. This is when they mate and seed new homes. 

They’re 0.50 of an inch long and are black, yellow, or brown. When they come out of structural holes, they’ll be drawn to the lights. As you might guess, they’ll be the only ones you see. Aside from this, other signs of infestation are:

  • Discovering the shed wings of swarmers

  • Finding frass excrement

  • Having hollow-sounding walls with maze patterns, mud tubes, and pinpoint holes in them

  • Peeling and bubbling paint

  • Droopy and off-color drywall

  • Flimsy tiles

  • Loose or conceding floorboards

  • Window frames and doors that are tight-fitting

  • Hearing soft ticking noises behind walls 

Termites target and consume wood of any quality. It doesn’t matter if it’s injured and aged or not. These insects reproduce quickly and tear up things just as fast. Residents often don’t know they have a problem until it’s too late. Cosmetically, affected spots will look rough and soiled.

Carpenter Ants: Appearance, Behavior, & Risks

Carpenter ants range in size from 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch long. They are commonly black, but it’s highly probable that you’ll see ones in red, reddish-black, orange, brown, yellow, or tan. The workers have a distinct feature of chunky front mandibles. With the winged swarmers, it’s hard to differentiate them from that of termites.
Rather than eat wood like termites, carpenter ants shred it to design tunnels and nests. You’ll see piles of shavings outside their polished digging points; they don’t form mud tubes. They focus solely on pieces that are moist, rotting, and have been affected by water. Considering that they enter properties via rooflines and gaps in foundations, they’re more likely to be seen. Carpenter ants and termites have several of the same infestation indicators, including discarded swarmer wings, hollow walls, and noises behind structures.

Moyer Pest Control-Termite & Carpenter Ant Extermination

Termites and carpenter ants demand detailed and industrial-grade treatments only Moyer Pest Control can provide. Our licensed technicians will utilize liquid Termidor® and Sentricon® baiting devices to disintegrate termite nests and block future penetrations. The services come with recurring visits and warranties. For carpenter ants, specialized solutions will be applied there as well. They will be potent, act fast, and get to the heart of an infestation. All of our products are completely safe; just not for the insects. Call us today at Moyer Pest Control to get started!

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