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When Is Termite Season In West Chester?

March 8, 2017

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Termites are a problem in West Chester, PA. Not only do we have termites, we have the worst termites. Subterranean termites are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage across the U.S. every single year. That is why it is important to know when termite season is.

There is no official termite season in West Chester, but spring is the time of year when mature colonies are most likely to send out termite swarmers. These are male and female, winged reproductives that are created by a colony specifically for the purpose of starting new nests.

4 Things You Should Know Most About Termite Swarms

  1. Swarms are not usually a sign of an impending infestation. When people see termite swarmers crawling on the outside of their homes or businesses, they sometimes mistakenly think that these insects are coming to start an infestation. But, more often than not, termites crawling around on the exterior walls of a man-made structure are evidence of a current infestation on the property. There are two reasons for this. Termite swarms don't last long, and they don't travel far. Therefore, if you're seeing winged termites crawling around, especially in large numbers, there is a good chance their point of origin is close by.

  2. You're more likely to see evidence of a swarm than the swarm itself. Since swarms don't last long, what happens most of the time is folks find little white wings littered all over the place. If you see these wings, you should recognize them for the warning sign that they are. When termite kings and queens mate, they shed their wings. You'll usually find these wings on window sills.

  3. You should know what swarmers look like. Some people mistake termite swarmers for ant swarmers, but they shouldn't. Termite swarmers have a distinct look to them. Their white wings that stack on their back and are rounded at the tips are quite prominent.

  4. Know that termite behavior is changing. Experts are noticing that termites are not swarming as much as they used to. Since this is such an important warning sign, it has become more important to have some form of termite monitoring in place.

Before termite season begins, and before termites start sending out kings and queens to develop new colonies, it is a good idea to get your termite monitoring in place. Reach out to us today and find out what options are available and what services will work best to protect your equity from these destructive insects.

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