How to Tell Termites from Winged Ants  
All termites have a “thick waist” where their abdomen is joined to
their middle body region (thorax); but all ants have a “pinched-in”
waist at that point. 


Termites have antennae that look like a ”string of beads” but all ants have a distinctly “elbowed” antennae. Termite swarmer’s have two pairs of long narrow wings with very few clearly visible veins, and both the front and back pair are nearly equal in size and length. Winged ants have two pair of wings with several distinct cross veins, shaped like long tri-angles and the back pair is much shorter than the front pair.  

Subterranean Termites 
Subterranean termites build nests in the ground. They search for wood (food) farther and farther from their nest as their colony numbers grow. 
Foragers may make underground tunnels or above ground “shelter” tubes of mud, feces and debris. These tunnels are then used to search for new food sources and to connect their nest to their food. 
They can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through such tubes. Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, foam insulation, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, or through spaces around plumbing.  
They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32nd of an inch. Any building, whether constructed with a slab, basement or crawl foundation can be infested with termites. 
Whenever subterranean termites leave the soil in their search for food, they construct mud tunnels to protect themselves from predators, and also to ensure that a high level of life-sustaining moisture is maintained within the workings. 
 
Don't Be a Victim to Termites  
More than 365,000 homes in the United States are involved in a fire each year. More than 600,000 U. S. homes suffer termite damage totaling over $1.5 billion annually. That is more damage than is caused by all fires, storms and earthquakes combined. 
In excess of 2 million homes require termite treatment each year. Home owners insurance can help recover losses from fires, storms and earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation. Finding out that your home has termites instills a since of fear among most home owners. Typically termites can’t be seen or heard and often only a trained inspector can find signs of infestation. 
Treatment by the home owner for the control of termites is virtually impossible.  
Termites feed on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard boxes, furniture and various other items. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of wooden doors, window frames, wooden support beams (often hidden), cabinets or shelving within them. 
 
Look for These Signs  
Possible signs of a termite infestation include: 

  • Pencil-sized diameter, or larger, mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any         wooden part of your building.  
  • Thin, small, paper-like wings all the same size and shape on your window sill, counter top or floor. 
  • "Bubbled" or distorted areas of paint on wooden surfaces. 
  • Any wooden building parts (especially if they are important support structures) that begins to sag. 
 
Detecting and Controlling Termites is a Job for a Trained Professional 
A thorough inspection by a Florida Sun termite control specialist is the first and most important step in protecting your property. Experienced eyes can locate the specific areas in your structure where a termite attack is likely to occur if a termite infestation is found. Florida Sun will then design a specific treatment just right for your property. 
Contact Florida Sun Termite and Pest Control NOW!!