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PA Termites and Your Home – Treatment and Control in Pennsylvania

Are they termites or ants?

•For clues to help distinguish ants from termites in PA, examine the insects' wings, waist and antennae. While both insects have two pairs of wings, termite wings are relatively equal in size. Ant wings tend to be longer in front and shorter in back.
•Ants also have a narrow, pinched waist. Termites' waists are thicker and less distinct.
•In addition, ants' antennae are elbowed, while termites' are straight.

When Do Termites in PA Swarm?

PA termites swarm at various times each year according to geographic regions, species of termite and weather conditions.
•Most subterranean termites normally swarm in the daytime -- usually mid-day -- when it is sunny and often, right after it rains.
•Formosan termites, the most voracious species of termites, are a notable exception to this rule. They typically swarm in the early evening. Yet, these termites are concentrated in the South and do not pose a problem in the area.

How do I know if my home has termites in Pennsylvania?

•Live termites in or around windows and door frames.
•Mud tunnels, which often disappear into cracks of masonry, in and around doors and window frames or along siding.
•Hollow-sounding walls, baseboards and floors.
•Bulging walls -- above ground carton nests of Formosan termites can make inside walls bulge.
•Dead termites or termite wings.

Is the risk of termites high in this area?

termite-guyThe Eastern region of the country experiences a great deal of structural damage due to termite infestations. From the coast of Maine to the nation's capital, subterranean termite activity in the East is a dangerous threat to homes left unprotected. Statistics show that in and around Philadelphia, 1 in 30 homes experience a problem with subterranean termites!

Tips to Reduce the Likelihood of PA Termite Infestation

•Maintain landscaped areas a few feet away from the foundation of the structure.
•Keep firewood stacked away from the structure.
•Keep crawl spaces and basements clear of wood debris and excess moisture
•Fix faulty drainage and any plumbing or roof leaks that cause moisture to accumulate.
•Routinely check in and around the structure for mud tubes, discarded termite wings and general signs of termite activity.
•If adding a room or deck to the structure, make sure the wood used has been "treated" to discourage termites.

Please contact us to schedule a FREE inspection of your property if you need help with Merion, Main Line, Wynnewood, Wayne, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Malvern, Berwyn, Broomall, Chester County, and Delaware County PA termite control and treatment.

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