What Does A Termite Swarm Look Like?
April 10, 2017
In Texas, it is fairly well known that termites are a common destructive pest, if you haven’t already had experience with termites, it is more than likely you know someone that has had to deal with these wood devouring pests. Termites do leave behind many signs of their presence, but unfortunately noticing many of their signs means that the damage to your home or property has already been done. There are however a few early signs of an infestation, that if you pay close attention to can help you prevent large scale damage from being done to your home by termites.
One of the termite’s earliest signs that an infestation is in or near your home is seeing or finding evidence of a swarm. Termite swarms happen when winged reproductive members leave or “swarm” from the colony in order to find a mate and create a new colony. New colonies mean new termites, a lot of termites- a mature termite colony can have hundreds of thousands to millions of members in it. The best way to stop a termite infestation from occurring on your property is to know what a termite swarm looks like and what to do if you see termite swarmers on your property or in your home!
Before talking about the swarm itself, let’s first go over exactly what the adult reproductive members of a termite colony look like. Reproductives are dark brown or black in color and grow to be about 3/8th of an inch in length. You may see them with or without wings, when they leave the colony they are winged, but will shed their wings very soon after. Reproductive termites are often confused with winged ants, but if you look closely you can see that the two differ in appearance. Termites do not have a pinched waist like ants normally do; and the termite’s wings are of equal length, while the ant’s two sets of wings differ in length.
When a termite swarm occurs you will most often see the swarmers gathering on window sills, in doorways, or crawling on the walls of your home. Sometimes you won’t actually see the swarmers, but you know that they have been there because you will find their discarded wings in piles in doorways or on window sills. In Texas, termite swarms generally occur on a warm sunny day in the spring after a rainstorm, if you awake this spring to winged termite swarming in and around your home you should call a professional immediately. Professional pest control experts can correctly identify a termite infestation and provide the safe and effective services needed to eliminate an infestation and to prevent future problems with these pests.
At Innovative Pest Control we can eliminate any size termite infestation from any size East Texas home through the use of the eco-friendly, non-invasive, and super effective Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Sentricon® with Always Active™ works to not only eliminate every termite present in the colony but remains in places to provide a continuous barrier against future infestations. Other ways that we can help to protect East Texas homes and properties from termites and their damages include our:
- Termite Damage Warranty
- Termite Pretreatments (new construction homes)
- Termite Real Estate Inspections
Contact the termite control professionals found at Innovative Pest Control today to find out how we can stop and prevent termites from choosing your East Texas home and property as their nesting and feeding ground!