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Looking at a single termite, one would not expect it to be even remotely close to being dangerous or threatening; however, massive termite colonies have been found to inflict serious structural damage in many homes, and they also reproduce rapidly as they can lay up to 10,000 eggs per year.
Termites were once known as the “white ant” and were widely confused with an actual ant. However, with the advent of technology and the use of microscopes, people were able to prove that there are several distinguishing features between termites and ants. These were typical termite features that include a broad abdomen, straight termite antennae, and equal sized wings.
Fascinatingly though, due to the million dollars worth of destruction caused by termites each year, they are considered truly “novel” insects and have been ranked as the most successful insect pests to deal with.
They have also been given the title of “silent destroyers” due to their unbelievable ability to chew through wood, furniture, flooring, wallpapers, and fence posts, and that too, undetected! You will be surprised to hear that in a given year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property and structural damage each year.
One of the key differences between termites and ants is the shape of their bodies. Carpenter ants, along with other ants, have narrow “waists.” Termites, on the other hand, have more broad “waists.”
Carpenter ants swarm when it’s mating time. This means that you could see something resembling a flying ant. And that could be exactly what it is. Carpenter ants that are swarming do have wings and look similar to flying termites. But flying ants and flying termites have different body shapes, antennae and wings.
Yes, termites can be mistaken for ants (and vice versa), especially when they’re flying during a swarm. We’ve outlined some key differences in their appearances above, such as body shape, antennae and wings. But it can certainly be difficult spotting these differences. This is where a trained pest control professional can help.
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TYPES OF TERMITES
The termite swarming season increases as the weather begins to warm and spring approaches, and many termite species will be especially prevalent in the Southeast. That’s why it’s extremely important to know what types of termite species are active in your area and understand ways to prevent them from causing damage to your home.
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At PesPro, we recognize the important role of pest control in ensuring that pharmaceutical manufacturers can exceed the most stringent regulatory requirements for the manufacture of their products.
Meridiana has developed the preventive pest management service to provide the highest level of peace of mind that pharmaceutical products will not be exposed to contamination risks and provide the information to demonstrate full compliance with regulatory standards.
The principle is to create one or more protective barriers to minimize the risks of pests approaching clean areas. These barriers are regularly inspected to maintain their impenetrability and ensure complete protection.
Our specialist service technicians and biologists will work with you in the field to define effective defenses and advise you on work practices and procedures to reduce the risk of a pest entering the facility or becoming a problem.
With each ongoing visit, we’ll treat outside your home, fortifying the perimeter. And if you request, we’ll treat inside your home again.
We have a rapid response to any signs of pest activity, as well as pest control and elimination, ensuring that the source of the pest is identified in order to prevent future infestations.