It’s springtime, which means invading pests are out in full force again. Worst of all, according to the termite treatment professionals at Premier Termite & Pest Control in Central, KY, termite swarm season has arrived, and one of those swarms may try to nest in your home. In fact, you may even discover one trying to leave your home.
What Is a Termite Swarm?
When a colony reaches a certain age of maturity (usually three to four years), it starts producing nymphs, or immature termites, that sprout wings. Winged termites are known as "swarmers." When the temperatures start to rise in the spring, these swarmers leave the nest en masse to begin a fresh colony of their own. By "swarming," they avoid overpopulating an area, enable further multiplication, and ensure the long-term survival of the species.
What Does a Swarm Look Like?
Once the temperature reaches the high 60s-mid 70’s, you might see termites exiting holes in your outside walls and foundations. Worse still, you might see them leaving interior walls, baseboards, and door frames and buzzing around a room. Swarmers seek a light source, so they usually end up on or around your windows. If they cannot find soil quickly, they will die, so you may find carcasses (or simply wings) on your windowsills. Either type of swarm activity indicates you have a mature colony in your home.
How Should You Respond to an Indoor Termite Swarm?
Close the doors to prevent termites from spreading to other rooms. Some will escape outside, but later, you can use a vacuum to suck up as many dead or dying insects as you can. Save the carcasses in a bag; your exterminator will want to see them upon inspection.
Premier Termite & Pest Control in Central KY, offers fast, reliable inspections and treatments to rid your home of termites, bedbugs, and other pests. For more than 25 years, Central Kentucky's extermination pros have been putting a stop to swarms, applying effective termite treatments and limiting their customers' property damage. Visit their website for contact information, or call (859) 255-0696 Lexington area, (859) 626-9600 Richmond, (859)744-9500 Winchester, (859)498-4911 Mt. Sterling.