With spring around the corner, subterranean termites will soon be making an appearance to begin their swarming season. While this is a natural cycle of life for these insects, it’s an event that homeowners would rather not witness. As such, it’s important to have a basic understanding of termite behavior and swarming activity so you can be prepared to protect your property from an infestation. Arming yourself with the following knowledge will help you spot a swarm and take swift action with an appropriate termite treatment plan.
What Homeowners Should Be Aware of as Termites Start to Swarm
Termites swarm at various times throughout the year, depending on the species. For subterranean termites, swarming season typically starts in early spring as the weather warms up and often following a rainstorm. This is how the insects gear up for the mating process and the start of a new colony. They generally look to establish new colonies near food and water sources, which is why your home may be an ideal target.
Identifying Termite Swarms
Swarming season is often the only time homeowners will see termites before they settle back into their nest. The process only lasts a short while and can happen both indoors and outdoors. You may observe a group of winged insects that look similar to flying ants. The main differences are that termites have straight antennae, wings that are equal in length, and a straight waist. You may also identify a termite swarm by their discarded wings near the window or sliding glass door or mud tubes they develop to move out of a colony so they can begin the swarming process.
Preventing Termite Damage
Although a termite swarm won’t damage your property, it is cause for concern if you see one nearby or inside your home. This means there is an existing colony somewhere close. Preventative termite treatment is your best defense against a potential infestation. Once a new colony has been created, termites will get to work immediately consuming the wood all around them. Thus, if you see a swarm or signs of one, you shouldn’t hesitate to call a pest control expert. They will suggest a termite treatment plan designed to deter the insects away from your home.
Whether you need preventative termite treatment or help getting rid of an infestation that has already invaded your home, Intersect Services is your go-to source for reliable pest control. With over 25 years of industry experience, they know which strategies will work best to keep these destructive insects from posing a risk to your largest investment. They have been entrusted by countless residents in and around China Grove, NC, to provide prompt, effective, and affordable exterminator services. Call (704) 784-8180 to schedule an inspection, or visit their website for more information on the pests they specialize in eliminating.