Of all the mysteries in the world of pest control, Murrieta residents often find themselves in the quandary of wondering whether the infestation of insects in their home is that of ants or of the dreaded termite. Of course, ants are by no means a welcome addition in the home, and an infestation can cause great stress and be a pain to get rid of. A termite infestation can cause dangerous long-term damage to the foundation of the home, though, and that foundation is what keeps the entire structure standing and in one piece. If you’re not sure whether you have ants or termites, keep reading to understand the difference and what you can do to alleviate either of these unwanted situations.
How to Tell If You Ants or Termites
Although ants and termites typically have very different appearances, there are certain flying ants that do look very similar to certain termites. The difference should be clear on further inspection, though, as ants will have a segmented body that gives the appearance of a pinched waste, while termite bodies are the same width throughout. Ants also have bent antennas, as opposed to the straight antennas of a termite. The best way to be sure of the difference, however, is to invest in a professional termite inspection.
What to Do If You Have Ants
The first step to quelling an ant infestation is to follow the trail of ants and find the nest they’re coming from. If they’re inside, wait until nighttime when they’re most active and then inspect the carpets, doors, windows, baseboards, and any damaged wood. Outside you may follow the trail around foundational walls of the home and into surrounding mulch and vegetation. Ants like to hide underneath things, so don’t leave any stone unturned. Once you’ve found the source, you can try the leading over-the-counter chemical products designed specifically for ants control. Murrieta homeowners with significant ant problems may find that store-bought solutions are insufficient, though, and will need to invest in professional pest control services.
What to Do If You Have Termites
Unfortunately there are no easy DIY solutions for termite control. Murrieta homeowners who suspect a termite infestation should call in the professionals immediately, and if the inspector determines that termites have in fact entered the home, begin treatment shortly after. There is a range of options for both Drywood and Subterranean termites, including service contracts with yearly inspections. By tackling the problem immediately, and with yearly inspections, you can avoid the worst possible outcomes that come with these wood-eating pests.
Whether it’s ants or termites, an infestation of pests is never a good thing. In either case, it’s good to know there are professional solutions to get rid of those pesky insects fast.