Flying termites are frequently referred to as “swarmers.” This is actually the most common type of termite that most people see and are not aware that what they are seeing is a termite. When you see a group of them swarming, they appear to be a cloud of ants with wings. They are not even related to ants, despite the fact they bear a resemblance.
The swarmers are also the reproducers. A male and a female will come together, mate, and they will form their colony. The king and queen started out as swarmers and are the primary reproductives within the colony.
If you come into contact with flying termites, then you know that there is most likely a colony nearby or that there is going to be one soon. This means you have to be aware of what is going on around you and within your home.
When They Come Out
The flying termites come out based upon the season, mostly the spring and the fall. They come out when the weather conditions are warm and usually when it is humid. If there is rain in the forecast, the day is humid, and the air is still, they are going to take flight.
When they do, they are not going to travel far. They are going to land on the ground, find a place to create a colony, and form that colony. It is through the laying of many eggs that the colonies are formed.
It is after the male and female have mated that their wings will be no more. They shed their wings. When a lot of swarmers arrive in a single home, you may see a lot of wings in the area where they have created their colony. This means you have had a lot of termites mate and this means a lot of baby termites are going to emerge. From there, they will mature and also mate. The process continues and the colony grows unless something is done about them. Some may even try to go out on their own and form their own colonies, which can be in your home.
While the sight of flying termites may be alarming, one should not worry about being bitten by termites but rather the trouble they represent. If left untreated, you could have a problem on your hands. It is even possible that you could have rival colonies present in your home. This simply results in a more complex problem.
Keep Them Out
There are different ways in which you can keep termites out. If you know where they are coming in at, turn the lights off. Termites are attracted to light despite the fact they dwell in very dark places. The area between the walls is very dark and this is where they like to live. You may consider placing a bug zapper somewhere on your property, but a bug zapper will only attract those with their wings.
The best way to keep termites out, though, is to use preventative methods. A pest control specialist will come to the home and dig a trench around the foundation where chemicals can be placed to keep termites from entering the home from the ground. But if termites are definitely on the property they may be in the house, so a treatment may be necessary. The use of baits tends to be successful and there are other methods for more severe infestations.
So if you see flying termites in the area, you will need to become vigilant. Know that there is always the possibility that they could find your home to be exactly what they are looking for to create their home. Do what you can to make sure your home is the last thing they’re looking for.