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Termite Swarmers

Termite swarmers are an unwelcome sight for any property owner. Swarms of termites flying in your home or in the close vicinity is a sign that your property could be infested or at risk of being infested soon. 

What are termite swarmers? Termite swarmers (also referred to as alates) are winged termites whose main role in life is reproducing and creating new termite colonies. In order to find a mate, these future termite kings and queens will swarm and find suitable locations for their colonies.  

Emerging from tubes built by worker termites, termite swarmers range in color from yellow to black depending on the species. Like many other flying insects, termites are attracted to light and are often seen swarming around exterior lighting or window sills. 

If you have seen what you believe to be termite swarmers, it is highly recommend that you contact termite control professionals as soon as possible. Contact Western Exterminator online to schedule an inspection with a licensed termite exterminator today. 

Termite Swarmers In Your House: What To Do

You've spotted swarms of flying insects that you're worried are termites inside your home. What should you do? Panic? Due to the serious structural damage termites can cause, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company that specializes in termite treatments like Western Exterminator. 

A licensed exterminator will be able to conduct a proper inspection of the property and recommend the best termite control solutions for your unique situation. 

A properly trained pest controller will follow the below steps in instances where termite swarmers have been spotted:

Identification: Termite Swarmers vs. Flying Ants

Accurate identification of swarming termites is the first step of determining the best termite treatment plan. Termite swarmers are easily confused with flying ants. Knowing the difference between flying ants and flying termites could save a homeowner time and money. 

Termite swarmers have: 

  • Straight antennae that appear to be made of tiny beads
  • Broad waist
  • Two sets of equal length wings

Flying ants have: 

  • Elbow shaped antenna
  • Hourglass waist
  • Two sets of unequal length wings

Termite Swarmer Treatments

Once termite swarmers have been properly identified on a property, a treatment plan must be developed. Termite treatments vary depending on the type of termites. 

For example, western subterranean termites build there colonies underground so a treatment targeting the soil around a building is needed. Conversely, a property infested with drywood termites would often require a termite fumigation

A professional exterminator will provide the customer with all their treatment options while making a recommendation for which solution would be most effective. 

Preventing Termite Swarmers

It is very important that after a termite problem is eliminated that the property owner takes action to prevent future termite swarmers from creating new colonies from infesting their residence or commercial building. 

Both termite monitoring and chemical termite treatments that can be applied to a property that will help decrease the likelihood of termites re-infesting a property. 

In the case of subterranean termite infestations, Western Exterminator can place Sentricon termite monitoring stations around a home that create a protective barrier around the residences. 

Here are a few other termite swarmer prevention tips:

  • Remove sources of access moisture such as broken downspouts or leaky pipes
  • Do not store piles of wood directly next to your home or building 
  • Make sure basements are properly vented to avoid creative moist and humid environments that termites are attracted to
  • Have any tree stumps removed from your property as they can become a source of termite infestations.

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