We’ve all heard the horror stories of termites eating through walls and houses falling apart because of these pests.

You definitely don’t want them on your property. After all you’ve invested into your home.

What will happen if it’s ruined by an infestation of tiny wood-eating bugs? Call an Identify Termite Removal Specialist Today! 

Signs of a Termite Infestation

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Mud Tubes /Mud Tunnels

Termites use these cylinder-shaped pathways to travel along exposed areas while foraging for food. These might look like branches of dried mud attached to the side of poles, house foundations, metal fences, and other places.

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Swarmers are winged termites that a well-established colony produces once or twice every year.

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Discarded Wings

After their initial flight, the swarmers lose their wings. These can be found virtually anywhere, but they’re most commonly found nearest the nest.

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Wood Damage

Since termites eat wood from the inside out, damage is difficult to detect. It might show as bubbling wallpaper or hollow or weakened wood.

What you should know about termites

Termites are usually between ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Their antennas come straight out of their heads, and their bodies are soft. Termites can be anywhere from white to light brown in color. 

In each termite species, there are three different castes. Castes are separated by duties and appearance. It takes a lot of work to run a termite colony! 

Workers: Worker termites collect food for the colony. They build and maintain structures like mud tubes and nests, meaning these are the termites that cause structural damage to your home. These generally look more like larvae.

Soldiers: Soldier termites have the heavy responsibility of defending the nest. Ants pose the biggest threat to the colony, so termites go after ants more than other pests. While a soldier’s body looks similar to a worker’s, their heads and mandibles are bigger, making it easier for them to attack.

Alates (Flying termites): Alates have the potential to be kings or queens of new termite colonies. They don’t actually cause damage, but seeing these winged termites is a sure sign you have a termite infestation. These flying termites have dark exoskeletons and two sets of long wings. 



Subterranean termites can cause the most damage of any termite species. These termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite off small fragments of wood one piece at a time.

Over time, subterranean termites can critically damage a building structure, sometimes causing a total collapse. Subterranean termites threaten homeowners across the country, as they’re found in every state in the U.S except Alaska. 

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Dampwood Termites


As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species.

To avoid dampwood termites, homeowners should eliminate sources of moisture by diverting water away from the home’s foundation. It’s important to repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units on the outside of the home as dampwood termites are often drawn to these areas. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from the house. To prevent dampwood termites indoors, reduce humidity by properly ventilating crawl spaces, attics and basements.

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drywood termites


Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Another drywood termite treatment tactic is to seal all cracks and crevices around the foundation of the home. Homeowners should also routinely inspect the property for signs of drywood termites, paying special attention to window and doorframes, trim, eaves, siding and attics.

Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes. As a drywood termite treatment tactic, seal all cracks and crevices in a structure.

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Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite with three distinct castes: alates (or reproductive), soldiers and workers. Often referred to as “super termites,” they are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science, chewing through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. 

There are a few red flags signaling a Formosan termite problem. The first sign that an area is infested with Formosans is the presence of swarmers, or winged reproductives. Swarmers are often attracted to lights, so homeowners should keep an eye out for them (and their discarded wings) near windowsills, doors, lights and vents.

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Getting rid of unwanted pests is easy when you call Identify Pest Control! Follow these simple steps for a one time service or you may choose to be protected all year long!


If you think that you have pests in your home, give us a call right away. We’ll be over within 24 hours or less to take a look free of charge! 


Once you call us, we’ll come over quickly to take a look and give you a thorough inspection of your home inside and out  to see what we are dealing with. 


Once we throughly inspect your home, we’ll come up with a comprehensive plan to rid your home of unwanted intruders and prevent them coming back. 

All About Termites

How do I know if I have Termites?

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