January 7, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Identifying Termites In Beaumont, Texas

In our Beaumont service area, subterranean termites are a serious threat to the equity of homes and businesses. If you own property in Beaumont or the surrounding area, it is a good idea to be familiar with some of the most important facts about these termites. Here's what you need to know.

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Termite Identification

When we're asked, "How do you identify termites?" or, "What does a termite look like?" it is often hard to know where to begin. All termites are not the same. If we were to tell you that termites are black with white wings, you may fail to recognize them when you open up a wall of your home and find tiny, pale, worm-like insects crawling around. In a termite colony there are 5 types of termites:

  • Swarmers — The termites you're most likely to see are swarmers. These are male and female winged termites that leave the nest to form new nests. While they are only about ⅝ of an inch in length, their long white wings make them very noticeable.
  • Workers — The small, pale insects you may find crawling around inside your walls are called worker termites. These are the only termites in a colony that do damage to your property. They have six legs, two antennae, and three body parts and look similar to a fat ant.
  • Soldiers — If you ever uncover worker termites in your home, you're going to see soldiers as well. Soldiers are slightly larger than workers and they have big orange heads with black pincers on the front.
  • Kings — There is no deadbeat dad in a termite colony. Kings are faithful to stay with their mate for life. A king termite is a male swarmer without its wings. The swarmers shed their wings after mating.
  • Queens — The queen is the most unique of all the termites in her colony. As she produces offspring, her abdomen gets larger and larger. After a year, she begins to look like a tiny black swarmer attempting to escape from a big, shiny blob with brown hash marks on the top.

What are the signs of termites in your home?

It can be very difficult to detect subterranean termites because the signs they leave are subtle or completely invisible.

  • Tubes: Workers create tubes on foundation walls and other hard surfaces but these shelter tubes are often created in dark locations, such as underneath a deck or in a crawl space under the home.
  • Swarmers: These termites can be a warning sign but swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes.
  • Sounds: You might be able to hear termites clicking inside a piece of timber, but it takes a lot of termites for you to hear the sound without placing your ear against the wood.
  • Damage: Almost all of the damage subterranean termites do is on the inside of wood. On rare occasions, they can do damage to wood in exterior locations that are damp.

Termite Control

If you decide to handle your own termite control, we strongly recommend that you learn how to tell if your home is at risk for termites and learn what can make your home more vulnerable to termite infestations, such as rotted wood on your property or the wood of your home touching the soil. Also, be sure to roll up your sleeves and get into hard-to-reach places when you inspect your home each year. Subterranean termites make it very difficult for you to detect them, as we mentioned above. Keep in mind that doing this is difficult work and you won't know for sure that your Beaumont home is protected from termites. Property owners that don't want to risk termite damage trust Bill Clark Pest Control for termite control. We use the two most powerful names in termite control, Sentricon and Termidor.

For more information or to schedule a visit from one of our termite control professionals, reach out to us today. We can help you safeguard your equity.


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