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May

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES

Termites strike terror in the hearts of many homeowners. Flying termites and ants are often confused this time of year. Both can cause damage to a home.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Winged termites have four wings of equal size. Ants have four wings with two being larger than the others. Ants have a distinct "waist." Termites appear to have no waist. Other signs of termite problems are piles of same sized wings (wings are pulled off after mating), clay shelter tubes on concrete walls, bubbled paint or damp wood.

WHAT TO DO: For best results, contact several reputable pest control companies for home estimates. Although products are on the market, it is not recommended that homeowners try home termite control themselves because it rarely works. Keep mulch six inches away from foundations. Remove wood debris around home. Install ventilators in crawl spaces.