With termite swarming season upon us, we believe it's essential to understand what swarmers are, how to identify them, and the appropriate actions to take should you encounter them. Here is some important information on termite swarmers:
Termite swarmers, or alates, are the winged termites that are often seen when a termite colony has reached a certain size and age. They are tasked with leaving their original colony, seeking mates, and establishing new colonies. They are a natural part of the termite life cycle and a vital component in their propagation.
Identifying Termite Swarmers
Termite swarmers are usually about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with a pair of long, equal-length wings. They typically have a straight abdomen (unlike ants, which have a pinched waist), and their antennae are straight (as opposed to ants' bent antennae). Swarmers are often attracted to light and are most active in the spring and fall, or following rainfall.
Seeing Swarmers Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Infestation
While the presence of termite swarmers inside your home can indicate an infestation, it's also possible for these swarmers to find their way in from outside without an established colony within your property. They may have been blown in by the wind or found their way inside through an open window or door.
What to Do
If you see termite swarmers, please do not panic. Gather a sample if possible, and take note of where and when you saw them. Remember, swarmers are not the ones causing damage to your property; they are the potential colony founders.
If you suspect termite activity on your property, please contact us immediately so we can schedule your inspection. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind and protecting your property from pest-related damage.