When Should You Be Afraid of Termite Swarms?
So you’ve spotted a termite swarm near you home? Your immediate thought may be that you have a termite infestation on your hands, however, that’s not always the case. Don’t jump to conclusions, there are a few indicators to look for when determining whether a swarm is dangerous or not. Check out our explanation below on why termites swarm and when to be concerned.
Why do Termites Swarm?
Termite swarms indicate there is a mature colony nearby. During termite season, mature colonies are extremely common. These swarmers are the new reproductive members of their colony. Their sole responsibility is to venture out in search of new colonies to pair up with. Most people take notice of termite colonies once they begin to swarm. This period is when termites are most active and visible, meaning pest control companies see an uptick in calls.
What Does a Swarm Mean?
A termite swarm near your home doesn’t always mean your house is infested. In some cases, termite swarming nearby could be coming from a neighbors house, a tree stump, a wood pile, or any other natural source. However, if you see a swarm indoors, you should be alarmed. Indoor swarming indicates termite activity in a home. Termites will come out of walls and wooden structures through small holes. For about 30 to 40 minutes the swarm will fly toward any available light source, in most cases gathering around windows and glass doors. Termites will die within a few hours from dehydration if they can’t find soil. If you return home to find dead swarmers around your house this is most likely the aftermath of an indoor swarm.
What to do Next?
Regardless of whether the swarm is inside or outdoors, your next step should be contacting a pest control professional. Swarmers are on the hunt for new food sources for their colony. If your home hasn’t been treated for termites your property could be vulnerable.
Contact Premier Pest Control today for a free consultation and solution for your termite problem. We’re prepared to inspect, evaluate and plan to protect you from termites.