As a termite colony matures, it begins to produce hundreds or even thousands of alate nymphs for the sole purpose of reproduction and expansion. These alates are moved to specific locations in the nest (near the soil surface) and remain there until the time and conditions are right to leave. Termite swarms occur when these male and female winged termites fly out of their underground nests and congregate in the air to mate. After they have successfully mated, the termites land, shed their wings and start the process of creating a new colony. Sometimes in your home!
Ideal Conditions for Swarms
Termites swarm when a colony reaches a certain capacity and is ready to expand. For most colonies, this happens once a year. The timing of termite swarming varies by subgroup. Subterranean termites often swarm as the weather begins to warm, usually at the beginning of spring after a rain event. Dampwood termites swarm in the summer and drywood termites wait until the late summer or early fall. Regardless of species, most wait for their optimum weather conditions: an overcast day, with calm winds (under 6 mph), following a rain shower.
Signs of Infestation
If you notice a termite swarm near your home, then there likely is a colony of termites living in or near your home. Look for the small, clear wings that termites shed when they begin to reproduce, around your home or business’ exterior (and sometimes in the interior). Also, look for pencil-sized tubes protruding from exterior walls. These mud tunnels provide termites with protection and moisture. If you have bubbling or cracked paint, damaged wood, or sagging floors or ceilings, you likely have extensive termite damage.
Termite Damage and Treatment
Causing an estimated $5 billion dollars in damages in the United States each year, tiny termites are major pests capable of causing costly damage to your property. An average home suffers $7,900 in damages before termites are even detected! This is why it is vital to have an annual inspection. After a thorough inspection, we will provide you a customized and individualized assessment and, if necessary, a treatment plan. We can help you get rid of termites regardless of your home’s construction type, material, or age, with the most innovative and complete termite protection plan offered in the United States, our Total Termite Protection Plan℠. While most termite control companies only provide your home with protection against one type of termite, our Total Termite Protection Plan℠ is effective against any and all termites. Plus, we put our money where our mouse is…qualified homes can take advantage of our $1 million guarantee! Call Truly Nolen today!