Termites – Control Know the Signs
Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera but are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While these pests are commonly known, especially in Australia, as “white ants,” they are only distantly related to the ants.
Usually one of the first signs of termite infestation is the appearance of swanners. This is in the spring for many species such as eastern subterranean variety. Some species swarm in the summer or fall. We are termite control specialists so you can ask us about which species are found in this area and when swarms occur. Swarmers are termites which are sent out to start new colonies. Swarms usually generate panic calls for termite control from homeowners who suddenly see what can be thousands of winged creatures appearing in a living room or basement or even outside.
Termites don’t bite so don’t worry, but a swarm, where it appears that termites are being “pumped” out into the air, can be alarming. Swarms are an indication that termites are present and that a healthy colony may be nearby. Sometimes termites will swarm soon after an area is treated by a termite control operator. It’s generally felt that this is a panic swarm where they are trying to escape the stress put on the colony by the termite control treatment.
As eusocial insects, they live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use decentralised, self-organised systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence which exploit food sources and environments unavailable to any single insect acting alone. A typical colony contains nymphs (semi-mature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens.
If you find tubes, or experience a swarm, call our office today to have an inspection. Keep some swarmers for us to look at and we’ll discuss a treatment program that is just right for you.