Facts about Termite Swarming
With the termite swarming season right around the corner, homeowners may discover their homes are under attack by a healthy and vigorous termite colony. There are more than 2,000 species of termites however the most damaging are roughly 20 species we call the Eastern Subterranean Termites. A subterranean termite colony is large with 60,000 to 1.5 million termites which make up several castes each with a different function.
In most cases, the first sign of a healthy termite colony is the appearance of termite swarming. This usually occurs in the spring and the fall; however we have already discovered houses with termite swarming in February when abnormally high temperatures were here. When a termite colony reaches a certain population level, winged reproductive swarmers made up of roughly 50% male and 50% female will leave the nest at the same time in a short period of time, within 5 to 45 minutes.
In large colonies, termite swarming can go on for two or more days. The male and female then match and search for a suitable piece of wood to begin to nest. Often homeowners will mistake an ant swarm with a termite swarm due to some similarities of the two.
Identification is most important so collect some of the insects in a baggie and have a professional make a proper identification. Termite swarmers have 2 pair of long and narrow wings with very few visible veins. Both the front and the back pair of wings are nearly equal in size and length.
With winged ants, they have two pair of wings with several distinct cross front veins shaped like long triangles and the back pair is much shorter than the front pair. In either case- termite or ant swarmer, be sure to have the insect professionally identified by our exterminators so proper action can be implemented.
If you do not witness the actual termite swarm, you will usually find just the wings on the window sill and on the floor because the wings are shed before excavating into wood areas. Also signs of termite activity can include pencil sized trailing mud tubes, bubbled or distorted areas of painted surfaces. Take action even before a termite infestation by having your home professionally inspected annually. Proper inspection and action will only increase the protection of your home. Contact US Termite and Moisture Control and have your investment protected against termite infestation. We remain “Your Total Home Care Service Company”.