Posted on April 29, 2013
Clients often ask our Bay Area exterminators: “Am I dealing with ants or termites?”
To the untrained eye, these pesky insects can look remarkably similar.Flying ants looks spookily like termite swarmers.While you want neither type of yucky bombardier in your home or restaurant, there’s a huge difference between flying ants and swarmers. Ants are disgusting and freaky. But swarming termites can literally chew your home or building to pieces and create structural hazards.
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You might be tempted – by curiosity or perhaps desperation – to play at entomologist and try to figure out whether what you’ve got is an ant or a termite. Catch one of the nasty critters. Then take a good look with a magnifying glass. Ants have antennae that bend out like elbows, and they have narrow waists. Termites have thicker abdomens and straight antennae. Flying ants have one set of wings; swarming termites have two sets of wings.
In any event, you want these creatures removed from your premises, ASAP, with as little fanfare as possible. If you run a restaurant, hotel or other service business, you know that the appearance of termites or ants or other pests can spell doom for your brand. At minimum, the bugs can set off a public relations nightmare. If you’re a homeowner or landlord, you’re similarly (and rightly) worried about the long-term damage that termite swarms can create.
Look to the team here at Matrix PE for astute, affordable, and strategic guidance.
Our commercial pest extermination team is standing by to help you figure out whether you’ve got termites, ants, or really tiny flying giraffes (probably not, but you never know!). No matter what nasty foe you face, we have the skills, technology, and experience to get the job done right. Contact us here in California or via phone at 1-800-596-0313
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