Termites vary in appearance depending on the species and caste. For the most part, termites are no bigger than 1/2″. Some have wings, and they vary in color from brown to off-white.
In Illinois and Indiana, we deal with Eastern subterranean termites. These are not only the most common termite species in the nation, but also the ones that most commonly infest homes!
The most common signs of a termite infestation include mud tubes, frass (termite droppings), shed wings, and damaged wood. As soon as you notice any signs, it’s time to call a termite exterminator.
Termite infestations can happen at any time of year. Termite season is sometimes considered to be springtime because this is when termites swarm However, termites can be active throughout every month.
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Termite nymphs will molt multiple times before being assigned their caste: worker, reproductive, or soldier termite. Termites can live for several years at a time, and queen termites can live for more than a decade.
Termites spread when they swarm in the spring. They also spread slowly over time if an infestation is ongoing in a property for some time unnoticed.