Ants or termites, Formosan termites or Eastern Subterranean?
Ant swarmers (flying ants) are reddish brown to black, have a pinched waist with wings of unequal length, and elbowed antennae.
Termite swarmers (reproductives) are black or copper/tan in color depending on the species. All species of termites have a straight waist, four wings of equal length, and straight antennae.
When do they swarm and what do they look like?
Native (Eastern or Southern) Subterranean termites swarm in the afternoon from February through May in South Mississippi and South Louisiana. In 2001 we had termite swarms as late as October. They have dark brown to black bodies and whitish translucent wings.
Formosan termites swarm at night, typically after 8:00 p.m. from mid-May into June. They are tan or copper colored, also with whitish translucent wings. Shortly after swarming they lose their wings and can be seen crawling around, often in pairs following each other.
So what’s the big deal about Formosan termites?
Formosan termites are especially dangerous for two reasons. First is their colony size. Experts have estimated large Formosan termite colonies to number up to 15 million. Ten to one hundred times the number of their native cousins. Secondly, Formosan termites, unlike any other species, have the ability to construct above ground nests, called cartons, to store moisture. With carton nests in place, these home wreckers can live independent of soil contact where traditional termiticides are applied, causing incredible damage before they are discovered.
So how do I keep them (or get them) out?
There are many modern methods of protecting a structure against native or Formosan invasion. One is by the traditional method of applying a soil termiticide in trenches wherever soil meets the foundation supports (pier or slab) of the structure. This treatment has been the standard of pest control industry for decades. Depending on the product used, the thoroughness of the application, and the termite species involved, conventional treatment can be effective.
The most revolutionary method of termite control in fifty years is baiting. We recommend the Sentricon Colony Elimination System*. Termites have been going after your home for years, now you can go after theirs!
The advantages of Sentricon* baiting are many:
- Effective against all subterranean species including Formosans.
- Computer tracking ensures all stations are checked.
- Maximum safety for children and pets.
- Effective for all types of construction.
- Low environmental impact.
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