What To Do When Termites Start Swarming This Spring
February 22, 2019
If you’ve never seen a termite swarm before, consider yourself lucky. It’s not that they’re frightening or particularly disturbing. It’s simply that, if you’ve seen one, it means there are termites nearby, probably much closer than you want them to be. Termite swarms typically occur in the spring. Here’s what you need to know when termites start swarming.
What is a Termite Swarm?
If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘termite swarm,' let’s take a moment to define it. Termite colonies are made up of termites with various jobs. There is the queen termite, the worker termites, the soldier termites, and the swarmer termites. Swarmer termites are also known as reproductives.
In the spring, swarmers come out in the open to mate. These termites are winged and after they mate they shed their wings and establish new colonies. If you see a large group, or swarm, of winged bugs, or see discarded wings, you’re probably witnessing either a termite swarm or its aftermath.
The Problem With Termite Swarms
The problem with finding a termite swarm is that it means there is a termite colony nearby that the swarmers came from. Even worse, it means there are about to be new colonies created. If you see a swarm outside, there’s potential for the good news that the termites are nearby but still outdoors. That leaves you with time to do something before termites get into your home. If you find a swarm inside, however, it means you already have a termite problem in your home. Since termites can cause major damage to the structural integrity of houses, it’s important that you take immediate action to eliminate them.
What to Do About a Termite Swarm
Termites are masters at going unnoticed for months or even years at a time. A swarm is one of the only obvious signs they leave of their presence. Because of this, the best thing you can do to protect your home against the threat of termites is to install year-round protection.
Moyer Pest Control offers three different termite prevention programs so that each customer can choose the individualized service plan that is best for them.
Don’t wait to see a termite swarm before deciding that you should do something to protect your home against the damage termites cause. By being proactive, you can save yourself from frustration and costly damage. Give us a call today to learn more about the pest control options we offer.