Termite swarms are common in late spring through the end of summer. When a colony reaches a certain size or food becomes scarce, adult reproductive termites develop wings so they can leave, mate and establish new colonies. The termites will pair off as they launch into the air. Each couple will look for a new place to build a nest. Falling prey to birds and other predators, most swarmers will die before successfully producing offspring that can chew through wood. These adult termites do not damage structures because they do not have biting, or chewing, mouthparts. To prevent or eradicate an infestation, you should take immediate action when a swarm occurs in or near your home.
Tips on Handling a Termite Swarm
A termite swarm can happen indoors and outdoors. In either case, do not panic. Even if a swarm occurs on your property, it does not mean that you have an established termite colony. The swarm could be coming from a place nearby. Do not spray the swarm with an insecticide. Most swarmers will die naturally in a short period. If you notice an escape hole in the walls, floors or ceiling of your home, do not seal it off. The termites will just chew new holes from which to escape causing even more damage. Try to contain the insects in one room by shutting the door. Vacuum the insects up if possible. The termites in the bag will die. This prevents the pests from establishing a new colony.
A professional pest control technician can determine whether the insects are flying ants or termites. Save a few samples of the insects to facilitate the inspection. Different procedures are required to eliminate each type of pest. Look for the origin point of the swarm. It helps to know if the termite colony is indoors or outside. Inspect your property for signs of an infestation, such as damaged wood and mud tubes leading from the soil to your foundation. For peace of mind, contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control for a termite inspection.
Help is a Phone Call Away
A termite infestation can cause thousands of dollars in damage that may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Hidden inside walls, floors and ceilings, the infestation may be hard to detect. A trained inspector knows where to look and can make a positive identification as to the type of termite or ant that is present before recommending the best course of action. Understanding the actions to take when termites swarm is the key to preventing future problems. If you have any questions or suspect that you have a termite infestation, contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control for assistance.