Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.
Before you can begin the termite control process, you will need to make sure you are dealing with termites and not ants. These insects are often confused because they share many traits and termites do kind of look like ants. The following traits can be used to help you tell the difference between termites and ants.
Termites have a thick waist
Termites have straight antennae
Termites have shorter legs
When wings are present, both pairs of wings will be the same length on a termite
Ants have noticeable waists
Ants have clubbed or bent antennae
Ants have longer legs
When wings are present, the front wings will be longer than the back wings on ants
Subterranean termites have the main portion of their nest underground
Subterranean termites make mud tubes to access structures
Subterranean termites usually have large colonies
Subterranean termites do not kick out feces and debris
Subterranean termites typically eat along the grain of the wood
Subterranean termites are known to make "carton" nests in wall voids and in trees. A carton is a nest made from the termite fecal matter to maintain the correct moisture level when the termites are unable to return to the actual subterranean nest.