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Each year over 2 million buildings are invaded by termites, causing millions of dollars in damage annually. It doesn't matter where you live, your home or business can be a target for termites. Even buildings and houses on concrete slabs are threatened by termites finding their way through small cracks. Professional termite pest control is recommended if you notice termites around the house. Termites are so clever and efficient that no efforts at termite-proof construction methods have worked out completely successful. Call today to have your home or business inspected by Advanced Pest Control a certified Termidor Professional (256) 739-2687

In Alabama, subterranean termites are the most damaging kind and live in colonies in the soil. Each colony is built around a king and queen, the sole purpose of termites is reproduction. Most of the termites that comprise the colony are worker termites, the ones that cause the damage to your home or business.

Worker termites search for food sources and share it with others in the colony. They are busy at work 24 hours a day, attacking the structure of your home or business from inside the wood. Termites eat from the inside of the wood out, so damaged wood is sometimes very difficult to detect. "Hollow" sounding wood should be inspected for termite damage. Termites are sometimes found while doing home remodeling or repair. Worker termites are small, whitish creatures that will quickly move away when exposed to light. More often than not, you will not see a sign of their work until something gives way. Immediate pest control action is needed at that point. It is even possible that there are more colonies working on your building at a time, so start seeking advice with a specialized company when you suspect termites.

Other signs homeowners should watch for: Dead termites or wings around windows, doors, heating vents, or in bathtubs and sinks, certain signs of termite activity. Termite mud tubes on walls located outside or inside the structure. The tubes are either round or flat and usually measure at least 1/4 inch or wider. They look like their name - a tube of mud.

It is often difficult to determine the difference between termites and ants. Termites have two pair of wings (front and back) and are of almost equal length. Ants also have two pair of wings but the fore wings are much larger than the hind wings. Termites have relatively straight antennae while ants have elbowed antennae. Ants generally do not swarm at the same time as termites, but it can happen. Termites have a thick waist and ants have a narrow waist.

Termite Swarming -
Large swarms of winged insects inside and/or around the home is the most obvious sign of termite activity. Swarming occurs when reproductive male and female termites exit the colony and attempt to begin building a new colony. Since it takes most termite colonies at least three years to produce termite swarms, this is a likely sign of an ongoing problem.

When do termites swarm? The exact date’s termite’s swarm varies each year according to geographic regions, species type and weather conditions. Swarming season begins in February and can last through May or early June. Most subterranean termites swarm under these conditions:As a general rule, most subterranean termites swarm under these conditions:
* Daytime, usually mid-day.
* Sunny
* Often following rain
* Formosan termites are a notable exception in that they typically swarm in the early evening.

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