If you do have termites you will want to exterminate them immediately. This entails injecting insecticide below the foundation of the house and/or garage (because termites come from underground). You can usually tell if a home has had a termite "treatment" done because you see the scars around the foundation of the house (filled in drill hole marks). Don't let that scare you, all it means is that the house was treated for termites. These treatments have probably been done in at least half the houses in Brooklyn at some time or another. When a house it treated for termites, the homeowner is given a 1 year warranty on the service, hence if the termites come back after a year or less, the company would have to do another treatment for free. After a termite treatment is done, the homeowner can renew the warranty each year for a nominal fee.
In the end, termites can always come back because the treatment only lasts so long.
This is what a swarmer termites looks like:
Visual comparason of ant and termite:
Here is what their wings look like:
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