Following spring rains, many homeowners and business owners will begin seeing swarms of bugs emerging from the ground, dead trees or foundational cracks. Unfortunately, more often than not, these insects are termite alates or “swarmers”. To ensure your home protected from these destructive pests, follow these tips to look for termite swarms in the upcoming months.
Flying Insect Clusters
While there are many flying insects that group up into swarms, termite swarms are typically a sight to behold. Unlike smaller gnats, termite alates larger size allows them to be easily visible during a swarming period. If you see large insects flying in a group, it’s possible that your structure or property already has an existing termite colony already or they will soon be establishing a colony.
Subterranean termites will often construct mud tubes near a home’s foundation to ensure they have needed moisture levels and protection from predators. These mud tubes are utilized by termites as a direct route between food sources and the colony, making them invaluable to the survival of a termite colony. While not directly related to termite swarmers, these are an important sign that a termite colony is present.
Following successful reproduction, termite alates will discard their wings to begin establishing new colonies. Though you may not see it happen, one of the tale-tell signs of a termite swarm is the presence of discarded wings. More often than not, these remnants will typically be found near windowsills and doors that offer entry or exit for termites.
Pied Piper Services for Termite Control
At Pied Piper Services, we have skilled pest technicians who specialize in termite inspections for your home or business. These technicians know exactly what to look for when inspecting your property for termites. A professional termite inspection is the best way to find out if your home has fallen victim to the fierce destruction of termites, it is also a great way to be proactive and combat termites before they even have a chance to invade your home.