Having termite pictures at your disposal when you think you have a termite infestation can be a great tool in identifying these horribly devastating wood destroying insects.
You can find termite pictures in many places, but a great place to start is on the Internet. If you do a quick Google search for “termite pictures” and then click on the “Images” tab above the search bar, you will have hundreds and hundreds of termite pictures at your disposal.
Do You Have A Termite Problem?
Once you have the termite pictures, you can then set about deciding whether or not you have a termite problem. If you suspect you have termites, look for burrow holes, shelter tubes, mud tubes, tunnel in damp wood areas and try to see if you can locate insects that look like ants but are white in color. If you see them or any activity, they have found a way to enter your house and you need termite treatment immediately to control this problem.
What you need to do is to have a termite inspection done if you see or locate these insects. You will then learn your treatment options, you can then prevent the termite damage.
If they look like small white ants, then they are worker termites and they will cause the most amount of damage. If you have one, you have hundreds and eradicating them as quickly as possible is necessary to minimize any damage to your structure.
Don’t Forget About Flying Or Winged Termites
There are also winged termites that swarm during certain times of the year. These termites are called reproductives and are responsible for laying eggs that will insure the continuation of the colony. They look like small ants but with wings.
Getting rid of these types of termites is important as winged reproductives can lay thousands of eggs at one time and hatch time is quick, so you can have an infestation grow within a matter of days. Getting termite bait stations or getting a professional pest control company for the treating these types of termites quickly is a must.
King And Queen Keep The Colony Of Termites Going
The king and queen termites are also responsible for the continuation of the colony. The queen also lays her own eggs and can live for over ten years producing hundreds of eggs each year. The king is responsible for mating with both the queen as well as the reproductives and he will do so during his entire life span.
They are larger than the other termites – the queen has a lighter colored body and the king has a darker colored body. They most often stay in the colony mound, but then can be found outside the mound as well. Killing the king and queen won’t destroy the colony since other female termites lay eggs as well and there are other queens ready to take her place.