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As a Houston resident, you're likely familiar with termites as a destructive pest. You or someone you know may even have history with the wood-devouring insect already. Often times, termites go unnoticed, and the first sign of damage is the tip of the iceberg. However, beginning in April, termites become a much more visible problem by gathering in large, flying groups known as swarms. This year, we are already beginning to notice termite swarming taking place!

Discovering that your home has been infested by termites can knock the wind out of you. These tiny little, hard to see pests can wreak havoc on your home. In fact, termites are considered to be the #1 threat to structures made out of wood—coming in ahead of flood, fire, and wind. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage in the US each year, which is excellent motivation to keep your home safe from them.

Termites. Those dreaded, tiny little creatures that can literally chew your house out from under you without even the slightest hint that they are there. Causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage and destruction each year, termites are difficult to see with the untrained eye but their colonies are alive and active in Houston. In fact, three different types of termites call Houston home: Subterranean termites, Formosan termites and Drywood termites.

When you begin to see a swarm of termites around your house, it’s disconcerting to realize that this probably means that there is a termite colony somewhere nearby. Termites have the reputation of being “silent destroyers”. But learning about termites and their swarms can help you decide if you have a problem and need termite extermination.

Termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage to structures before they are ever noticed. There are several reasons for this. Reason #1: Termites are small Depending on the type of termite, most of the workers are the size of a grain of rice. Winged termites can resemble winged ants. While both species have four wings, the termites’ wings are equal in size while the ants’ front wings are smaller than the back wings. Termites’ wings are twice as long as their body whereas, ants’ wings are in proportion to its body. The antenna of the termite are straight, the ant’s antenna are bent. Ants bodies are segmented the termites bodies are more straight.

Termites are insidious creatures. They work silently, are hard to spot to the untrained eye and can wreak havoc on you home before you know it. They cause over $5 billion in property damage each year. A lender will require a home inspection but may not always require a termite inspection; unless you are qualifying for a VA loan.

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