Termites Insect Home Office Pest Exterminate
Termites are occasionally confused with winged ants. Termites have relatively straight, beadlike antennae while ants have elbowed antennae. Termites have two pair of wings (front and back) that are of almost equal length.
Ants also have two pair of wings but the fore wings are much larger than the hind wings. The abdomen of the termite is broadly joined to the thorax while the abdomen and thorax of the ant are joined by a narrow waist called a petiole.
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Subterranean termites are social insects. There are three types (castes) of termite adults in a colony; 1) reproductives; 2) workers; and 3) soldiers. Reproductives can be winged, primary reproductives called alates or swarmers or wingless, secondary reproductives.
Winged reproductives have 1/4 to 3/8 inch long pale yellow-brown to black bodies and bear four wings of equal size that may be smoky gray to brown and have few wing veins. Termite workers are white and soft bodied. Soldiers resemble worker termites, except that they have enlarged brownish heads and strong, well-developed jaws. Soldiers defend the colony from invaders, primarily ants.
The Formosan termite, found primarily in the greater Houston-Galveston area and Beaumont-Port Arthur, is another subterranean species. It is larger than the subterranean termite and has a pale yellow body color, the head shape of the soldier cast is more oval, and the wings of reproductives are hairy.
Colonies, found in spaces such as wall voids or in hollows dug in wood both in or on the ground, are built of a mixture of chewed wood and soil cemented together, called carton. Reproductives swarm in late afternoon and evening, and are attracted to lights.
Drywood termites are light yellow to black with clear to smoky gray wings, about 7/16 inch long. Worker termites (nymphs), and are up to 3/8 inch long, wingless, white to grayish with white to yellowish-brown heads, and
soldiers are similar but with large rectangular darker heads bearing well developed jaws (mandibles) used to defend the colony.
Since colonies are usually constructed inside wood, finding these termites can be difficult during routine pest inspections. Therefore, one of the best ways to identify an active infestation is the presence of fecal pellets.
Drywood termite fecal pellets are kicked out of the colony by workers and may accumulate below infestations.
Fecal pellets have a distinct ridged shape and are about 1/25" long (about the size of table salt).
Subterranean termites do not kick out dry fecal pellets from their colonies and drywood termite fecal pellets are much larger than the boring dust particles of powderpost beetles.
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Mike's Pest Control guarantees to eliminate your pest problem. If you are not satisfied we will keep coming back until you are for the specified warranty period that applies to your service.What To Expect From Our Treatment
- Target The Source: First we identify and target the source of your pest problem with our custom treatment.
- Inside Treatment: We then treat unfinished basements, garages, crawl spaces, trash areas, attics, wall voids, and even inside electrical sockets. Wherever there is the possibility for a pest to enter your home or make residence, we create a barrier to protect you. We deploy a variety of techniques depending on what works best for your situation, including residual powder, gel, and bait.
- Outside Treatment: We create a protective barrier around your home using a granular base around the foundation. We then treat windows and doors, as well as under siding, to keep the pests out. We will also place a granular bait in your flower and mulch beds so that bait is taken back to any potential nests, destroying them.
For residential services we offer a 90 day warranty for roaches and silverfish (general pest control) on our initial service, quarterly service, semi-annual service, annual service, and one time treatments as long as the customer empties their kitchen cabinets, pantry, and bathroom cabinets for the first time treatment. We offer a 30 day warranty for flea treatments, for the inside only, as long as we treat the outside at the same time. The same warranty terms apply to spider and ant treatments. We do not offer a warranty on general pest control, ant, spider, or flea treatments if we treat the outside only. We must treat both the inside and outside for the warranty period to be effective. Termite treatments carry a ten year warranty as long as we reinspect the home annually during the warranty period.
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