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What Does Spotting Termite Swarmers Around My West Chester Property Mean?  

February 17, 2021


A lot of people believe that pest management is only required when one can see insects and creatures on their property. You certainly don’t have to wait for something to show up to have remediation. In fact, you shouldn’t. Being proactive about deterrence can protect your West Chester home or business from being damaged by these creepy crawlers. There are many that can slip in without being detected. If they’re the kind of species that can rapidly reproduce, you could be in over your head. This is what happens with termites.

Termites are persistent attackers of wood. An edifice can falter if it’s targeted by these bugs. Americans pay out a total of $5 billion each year battling them. Their swarmers are usually the first sign of infestation. Learn more about this and how you can prevent them with Moyer Pest Control. 

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How Do Termites Operate? What Do Termite Swarmers Look Like?

Several subspecies of termites exist and their peak periods of activity vary. Given this, these bugs are essentially busy throughout the year, especially in this region. There are classes of termites that procreate mainly in the springtime. Colonies have swarmers with wings that are 0.50 of an inch long. When the nests get to capacity, they fly off to mate and launch fresh camps. If you happen to notice a foundation hole crafted by termites, you might see the brown, yellow, or black critters forging out. Being drawn to lights, they’ll be seen fluttering around fixtures and windows. Only these will be visible, because workers and soldiers will stay behind walls. Workers are 0.12 of an inch long and are white or grayish-white. Soldiers are about the same length, and are yellow-brown. They have big jaws and rectangular heads. In addition to the presence of swarmers, other signs of infestation are: 

  • Finding the shed wings of swarmers; they are scaly and translucent 

  • Discovering masses of fecal frass around mud tubes, maze patterns, and small holes in walls

  • Noticing that foundations are sounding hollow

  • Hearing clicking and rustling from inside walls

  • Having bubbling paint that’s peeling and appears water damaged 

  • Seeing that drywall is beginning to be off-color and floppy unstable tiles

  • Weakening floorboards 

  • Tight-fitting doors and window frames

The bases and walls of your property won’t be sturdy or reliable once termites have gotten to them. The worry is that wood may fold on top of a loved one, patron, or staff member. Your home or business may need to be vacated for an undefined amount of time. While these ruinous bugs thankfully don’t spread disease, they can bring about allergic reactions.

What Can You Do to Prevent Termites & Swarmers?

No one likes to deal with building and lawn maintenance, but being vigilant about it will make your land less attractive to termites. Further, swarmers won’t have an ideal place to start a colony if you:  

  • Repair or remove rotting or ruined wood 

  • Immediately fix all leaks and moisture faults, start with those wetting wood 

  • Seal cracks in foundations, utility lines, and caulk  

  • Add screens to all exterior vents 

  • Clean out vents and gutters frequently 

  • Don’t sit loose wood, like fire logs, directly on soil

  • Place free wood and plants a couple of feet from the property 

  • Keep grass and greenery cut 

How Will Moyer Pest Control Exterminate Termites & Swarmers?

We at Moyer Pest Control have customized programs for eliminating termites and their swarmers. Our licensed technicians will use state-of-the-art equipment and treatments, such as Termidor® liquid termiticide and Sentricon® baiting systems. These solutions are designed to address affected soil, form a protective barrier, and eradicate nests. Warranties are available. Guard your territory! Call us today at Moyer Pest Control to get started! 

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