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Ants and termites start to appear with the warm weather. Carpenter ants and termites have colonies of thousands of workers. Both of these pests can cause significant damage to your home. Insurance estimates that average repairs can run $3000+ and this cost is not always covered. This spring, be on the lookout for signs of these wood destroying insects.

Signs of Termites and Carpenter Ants

Termite vs Ant

Termite swarmers look like winged Carpenter Ants. You may see them on a warm day in your cellar or basement. Termite swarms occur because a termite colony is expanding. Swarms are a sign of a mature termite colony. Their job is to leave the colony, mate and start new colonies.Termites make mud tubes or tunnels to move from place to place. You might also notice peeling or cracking paint on wood surfaces where the termites are living.Carpenter Ants are winged large black ants with a waist. Carpenter Ants leave piles of sawdust behind their tunneling. You might also see columns of foraging ants.

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