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Ant or termite swarmer?

With the warm(ish) temperatures- I know, it’s been all over the thermometer in Central Texas the past few weeks!- and the rain, both ant and termite swarmers have been spotted around town.  So if these insects emerge around the same time, do you know how to tell the difference? Ants will have the following: Antennae are elbowed Front wings are larger than hind wings No wing scale (they chew off their wings after the land on the ground) Middle part of the body is narrowed/ constricted Termites will… Read More →


There are three main types of termites that can cause problems for homeowners in Central Texas- native subterranean termites, formosan subterranean termites and drywood termites. To identify termites you will need to obtain soldiers (ones with a hard head with large mandibles) or reproductives with wings. Native subterranean termites have nests in the soil and must maintain contact with soil or an above-ground moisture source to survive. If native subterranean termites move to areas above ground they make shelter (mud) tubes of fecal material, saliva and soil to… Read More →

Agricultural termites

It’s that time of year again. I just received my first call today. Termite season! What? Termites are usually a problem in the spring you say? While that is true for some types of termites, I get most calls on agricultural termites in late summer into fall. Since we’ve been getting sporadic rain about town the past few days, I imagine that I will be getting more questions on these in the coming days. Agricultural termites are not like drywood termites or subterranean termites in that they prefer… Read More →