Swarming termites are a natural occurrence in the springtime, but that doesn’t make the sight of them any less unsettling. While flying termite swarms may look terrifying, they don’t actually cause any structural damage to your home, but they can be a warning sign that it’s time for an inspection.
With the season of termite swarmers upon us, now is the perfect time to learn more about these flying critters, so you can get prepared and know exactly what to do if you spot a swarm.
Termites with Wings: What Are They?
Termite swarms occur when a subterranean colony matures, and they are most common during a warm patch of weather after a rain shower.
But winged termites are not the same as the termites that cause costly damage to your home and other structures. First of all, they are larger in appearance than worker termites. They also are a darker color and have compound eyes. In contrast, the worker termites are small, white, and blind.
Flying termites are actually potential kings and queens of new colonies. They wait until conditions are right and leave their colony in a large group to scout new areas. Typically, a termite colony produces can produce hundreds, or even thousands, of swarmer termites.
Many of these flying pests do not survive to form colonies because they are eaten by birds, lizards, and other small animals. Many may also die after landing on parking lots, roads, building roofs, and other potentially hot surfaces. The ones that do manage to found a new colony work in pairs, with the males following the females to a suitable place, usually wet soil near a wood source, where they dig a chamber and begin mating.
Signs of Swarms Near or Inside Your Home
Swarmer termites are actually not very good fliers, and their wings will break off after flying around for a short period of time. Their wings break off upon landing because they don’t plan on flying anymore. That means the #1 sign of termite swarmers near your home is discarded wings.
If you see discarded wings around your home, don’t panic. This simply means that there is a termite colony in your yard or near your house, but not inside your actual home.
However, it’s still a good idea to get a professional termite inspection to be sure there isn’t a bigger problem at hand.
Seeing flying termite swarms outside is one thing, but what about indoors? Although it’s unpleasant to think about, it is possible to have a swarm occur inside your home. While this may be scary, remember that none of these flying termites will survive to create new colonies.
But it does mean that your home may have a termite infestation, and it is important that you reach out for professional termite control ASAP.
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