What Termite Season Means For Your Spring Home
Termites are a year-round problem in Spring, Texas. But during the warm months of the year, they are more active. This is why spring, summer, and fall are often referred to as termite season. At the beginning of termite season, many termite colonies do something that you should be aware of. That is what we're going to talk about today.
The First Sign Of A Termite Infestation
The first sign of a termite infestation is often the appearance of termite swarmers. This is because, unlike worker termites, swarmers are attracted to light. They'll come out where you can see them. If you see them, it is important that you understand what you're looking at.
What Termites Swarmers Are
All termites begin life as workers. As needed, these workers develop to take on other roles. Some will become soldiers, and protect the workers from predators. Some will become reproductives and help with egg production in satellite colonies or tend to offspring in the core colony. Some reproductives will develop wings. These are the swarmers. They're called swarmers because they exit the nest and swarm together as they mate with each other. The appearance of a swarm on the outside of your property is a warning sign of a mature nest on or near your property because swarms don't travel far or last long.
What It Means When You Find Swarmers In Your Home
There is no reason a termite swarmer would want to get into your home. Its attraction to light will lure it out into the sunlight, not into your slightly dimmer home. If you find swarmers inside your home, it is an indication of a severe infestation. If swarmers emerge indoors, it means that the nest they came from is very close to your home or inside your home. It also means that termites have been feeding on your home for years. It can take three or more years for a nest to mature to a point where swarmers will need to be created.
What Swarmers Look Like
If you see a group of swarmers gathered together, the first thing you'll notice are their white wings. The wings of a termite swarmer are twice its body length and rounded at the tips. Even though a swarmer is only about ⅜ of an inch long, the wings are quite noticeable, especially when you see several of them.
As spring swarmers fly around in search of locations to create new nests, the last thing you want is for those reproductives to choose your property. You can resist them in a few ways.
Reduce areas of dampness on your property: This can be done by having gutters cleaned, fixing leaky plumbing, watering plants in the morning, trimming tree canopy, trimming dense vegetation, and performing other yard maintenance.
Remove food sources: This can be done by getting rid of logs, removing stumps, storing firewood at least 20 feet from your home, and replacing wooden plant borders with stone.
Seal entry points: If swarmers find a way into your home, they could find a location to create a colony in the voids of your home. Formosan subterranean termites can create nests inside wood, which is even worse. Inspect your exterior and seal any gaps, cracks, or holes you find.
What You Should Do When You See Swarmers
If you live in Spring, contact Kingston Pest Control at the first sign of termite swarmers. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to termites. These insects can eat away at your home and your equity. Don't take any chances. Our team of certified termite control professionals can help you make sure your property and your investment are protected. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.