Well it’s that time of the year again! Seen my first termite swarm yesterday in Bedford, TX while doing a termite inspection (WDI) report. This time of the year from late March to April is when they start to break through walls and get ready to fly out looking to start new termite colonies. Termites will show up around pluming or exterior walls, usually up high on the ceiling. It looks like little dots of mud at first but the grow like little fingers called termite swarm castles. When they are ready the termite swarm’s break out of the hole and fly out by the 1000’s It is quite a site to see. This is also the time of the year when we get frantic calls for every winged ant people see thinking it s termites. There is a big difference between carpenter ants and termites first the color, termites swarms are solid black and around the TX area the ants will be red & black or a copper color. Then the body shape ? Ants have 3 distinct parts the head, thorax and abdomen. Termites are a head and body shaped like a cigar. Carpenter ants the wings are about the length of their body but the biggest difference with termites is their wings are double the size of their body and a clear white in color. When they fly they fly very erratic like a bat. We do free estimates but when you call a local pest control company DFW you really need to be specific when describing your insect. We just do not have the time or the gas to waste on a call that is totally sure they have termites and when we get there its ants! This is why we ask so many questions and may request you email a close up photo so we can quickly identify whether or not you have a termite problem ? When we determine you do have termites we will come out free of charge and look around your home and see if there are any termite mud tubes on the foundation and also will measure the linear footage of the house to get a estimate for a termite treatment. All pest control exterminators have to price the same way based on linear feet not sqft ? We get that a lot. Most homes are real cut and dry when it comes to treating. We trench the soil against the foundation just enough to hold 4 gallons per linear foot (per foot of depth) and we put soil back so you will not even notice we were there. When it comes to slab joint such as patios or decks we need to drill a 1/2 inch hole and pump chemical (termiticide) under slab. Sounds way worse than it is. Most homes treated we will give a 1-3 year warranty but most termite products can last well over 10 years or more. If you think you may have a problem and would like to speak with us we would be more than happy to help you out. We service the whole DFW area along with Tarrant County and love to work in the Hurst, Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine, Watauga, North Richland Hills areas because we are located in 76182 Please tell you friends and especially your neighbors you have A.N.T.T.S coming out and we would be happy to meet with them while there. Enjoy your spring and have a safe summer.