Signs You May Have a Subterranean Termite Infestation

Commercial Termite Treatment by Stern Environmental
Commercial Termite Treatment by Stern Environmental

Were those termites or flying ants? It’s best to differentiate the two quickly and contact NJ pest control to help if needed, as subterranean termites can cause extensive damage fast. How can you spot a subterranean termite infestation?

Swarming Termites, or ‘Flying Ants’

When warm, rainy spring weather sets in, it triggers established colonies of subterranean termites to swarm. These ‘swarmers,’ winged reproductive female and male termites, are sent out every 3-5 years. This means if you’ve seen swarmers, your property has been housing active termites for a long time.

Swarmers are commonly mistaken for flying ants. However, on closer inspection you will notice a couple of differences. Termites have straight antennae (ants, bent). They also have four wings of the same size (ants, two large front/two small back wings).

Wing Accumulations

Swarmer termites shed their wings after mating. Piling on windowsills or around other areas of your home, they can resemble fish scales. If wings are all the same size, you likely have an infestation.

Honeycomb Patterned Wood Damage

Because subterranean termites tunnel into softer wood and leave the external grain intact, they typically create a distinctive honeycomb pattern in damaged wood.

Uncertain if you have termites? Subterranean termite nests grow quickly and often remain undetected for years. Prevent serious damage! Identify termite warning signs fast with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. Contact us today.