Termites Threaten Kansas Homes And Businesses This Spring
Perhaps one the biggest threats to the structural integrity of your Kansas home or business is an infestation of termites. These wood destroying pests are found across the country and while they are great decomposers in our forests, they will also attempt to feast on your home given the opportunity. With the spring season at our feet, now is the time when termite colonies in Kansas City, Topeka and throughout Kansas will become more active. So to help you better understand these destructive insects before they get to work, here are some common termite questions answered by the KS pest control professionals at Schendel Pest Services.
What do termites look like?
Within a single termite colony there could be thousands of termites including workers, swarmers and soldiers. Workers are the ones who do the damage by consuming and destroying wood. They are tiny insects that are a white/cream color, almost translucent. But they live underground which means you are not likely to see them. Too much air and sunlight will kill the workers. Soldiers are more of an amber color and have larger jaws but they also stay underground to guard and protect the colony. Then there are the swarmers, these are the winged termites (also known as reproductives) often confused with flying ants. Their job is to reproduce and start new termite colonies, not to destroy wood.
What is a termite swarm?
Swarmers are the ones who take part in what is called a termite swarm. In the late spring and early summer, these winged, reproductive termites will flee from the colony in attempt to find a mate in order to form a colony. While termite swarms only last minutes, they sure are noticeable if they are on your property or perhaps inside of your home! Think you had a termite swarm? Contact Schendel Pest Services because this is a sign of a termite colony close by.
How do I know if I have termites?
The best way to identify a termite colony is to look for evidence of their presence and of course termite damage. Of course termite swarms are a great way to detect a colony but there are other signs to be on the look out for including:
Discarded wings left over from a recent termite swarm. This could be inside your home near doors and windows.
Mud tubes/tunnels leading to your home.
Wood that looks warped or sagging, or if knocked on, sounds hollow.
Small holes in wood or wood that appears to be disintegrating.
If you would like to learn how to prevent termites from infesting your property in Kansas, click here to read our list of pest prevention tips. But if you feel that you may have an existing termite colony at your home or business then please contact our KS termite experts for a termite inspection and to learn about our safe and effective termite treatments in Kansas City and throughout our service area.