When the colony gets matured, ready to expand and weather is favorable. Then hundreds of termite swarmers leave the territory to reproduce and form new colonies. At this stage, the alates do not cause a lot of structural damage but take the termite generation forward. Flying termites are always looking out for new space to form a new colony. So if you see any swarming termite around your house, then consider it as a sign of infestation.
Why Do Termites Swarm?
To understand this phenomenon, we need to take a look at the lifecycle of termites. Termites are social insects, and they live in colonies. The swarmers are the future kings and queens of new termite colonies. When the termite colony is ready to expand, the termite swarm out of the tubes, built by the worker termites. Like any other insects, termites too, are attracted towards the light. Hence, we can often see swarming around window sills and exterior lighting. Different species of termite swarm at different period of time.
Treating Swarming Termites
Proper identification is essential before planning an effective treatment strategy. If flying termites have confined themselves outside your house, you have a few options to get rid of them. Treating termites could be two-way (1) Non-chemical treatment (2) Chemical treatment.
An example of chemical treatment is the use of insecticides. You can use insecticide spray to banish them. To eradicate an entire colony, termiticide sprays and baiting systems are often useful. Some examples of chemical treatment of termites are:
- Termites need moisture to thrive. By eliminating moisture in and around your home, you can prevent termite infestation.
- Ensure to remove any old form boards, grade stakes, etc., left in place after the house was built.
- If there are any cracks in the masonry, make sure to fill it up.
- Secure your attic.
- If you have damaged fascia, exterior AC units or water pipes, get the fixing done immediately.
- Leaky faucets and water pipes should be fixed too.
- If you have firewood stored near your house, ensure they are at least 20 feet away. Starve the termites of food.
- An annual inspection and treatment plan set up with a pest control agency is a good investment idea.
- Divert all the water away from the house through gutters, downspout, and splash blocks.
- Make a habit of inspecting around the house for mud tubes, built by termites to carry food. Look out for any bubbling in the paint or any hollow sound on wood when tapped.
- Check all the exterior windows, doors and skirting borders for any visible changes.
- Check your decks and fences for damage and repair on time, if needed.
- Clear off dead vegetation, bush and shrubs surrounding your home.
If you have noticed any warning signs of termite, there is no time to waste. Contact a pest control agency or an expert to treat termites and save your property.