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Termite Swarmers : What Are They? And What Do They Mean?

Understand What Termite Swarmers Are Doing In Your Home 

If you ever see a large group of winged termites heading your direction prepare for war… No not really, but if you do find these pests in the winged stage of life in or around your house you should take heed.  They are either attempting to enter your home and create a colony are have already had their fill of cellulose from the lumber that your home is constructed out of and are now heading out.

If they have already been there then you should look around and be able to find piles of their little excrement pellets known as frass.  If you find these, that is a solid sign that unfortunately the colony has already been present or still present in your structure.

No frass detected?  You may be in luck and only experiencing the initial attempt of a new colony which is relatively easy to defeat compared to exterminating and established colony and repair what could be extensive damages.

Also keep in mind that other types of wood eating insects leave behind frass piles such as the powder-post beetle so do not immediately jump to the conclusion that you have termites.

If you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of these critters try to catch a few and put them in a jar so you can show an exterminator or refer to our picture gallery to get a better idea of wether or not you have termites if and if so what kind you have.

Remember termites are often referred to as “white ants” because when they are in their younger stages of life they have no wings.  A noticeable difference is that most termites only have two sections to their bodies.  This is easy to distinguish against most ants who have three body sections.  Also adult termites usually have four wings (two pairs) that are all the identical size and their body shape is straight when compared to an ant that has a more pinched waistline.

A professional exterminator can help quickly identify what kind of insect has infested your home and then provide you with effective pest control measure to exterminate and then prevent a return of whatever kind of insect infestation you end up having.

Many Termites grow wings during their adult phase of life and then subsequently shed them and head for the ground.  Finding the shed wings may be a rare occurrence, but some people have discovered termite infestations in their house by detecting the equal sized pairs of discarded wings present on their window sills, attics, in the direct vicinity of light fixtures, or in spiderwebs within their house.

Termite wings aren’t something that you will probably only find a few of.  More than likely you will find many in the same area since termites during this stage of life tend to “swarm” together toward light.

At this stage of life the termites flock toward light and can often be found near a light source, artificial or natural.  People often report finding them near lights on their porch or near a window seal or similar area.

Drywood termite swarms are often smaller in quantity when compared to subterranean termites.  The dry wood swarmers can be found in quantities of 10-100 termites.   Subterranean termite swarmers can reach quantities into the thousands making them much more obviously detected.

Remember that understanding termites can lead to better prevention on your part.  And nothing will lower your termite control cost more than implementing termite prevention strategies.

People often confuse ant swarmers with termite swarmers so ensure you understand the difference between these two similar looking insects.

 

 

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