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Termite Identification

Termites can be confused for ants and differ in appearance between species and caste. Most are no bigger than ½” and vary in color from off-white to brown.
In Virginia, we deal with Eastern subterranean termites and formosan termites. Both are considered to be the nation’s most destructive termite species.
Mud tubes, frass (termite droppings), shed wings, and damaged wood are the top signs of a termite infestation. Noticing any of these means it’s time to call a termite exterminator.
Termites are active all year long, meaning there is no specific termite season. However, they will swarm in the spring months as they spread to form new colonies.
A termite nymph will molt several times before being assigned a specific role, or caste. These castes include workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites.
Termites are found all around the nation, except for Alaska. They are more common in regions that experience a humid, wet climate throughout the year.
Termites spread when they swarm in the spring. If your neighbor has termites, there’s no reason to panic and assume they will spread to your house no matter what.

Termite Identification in Virginia

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