Termite Swarmers 101

When we think of termites, we think of small white insects that burrow inside wood, but did you know that there is a winged termite caste? Winged termites are also known as swarmers, and they are part of the reproductive caste along with the queen.

As colonies reach maturity, the queen will switch from producing workers and soldiers exclusively, to producing swarmers of the reproductive caste. These swarmers will gather in special areas of the colony, and when the time is right, they will fly out by the hundreds or thousands.

What does the presence of termite swarmers signify?

Seeing termite swarmers flying around your property could mean nothing, or it could mean that a new colony will be started in the area. Swarmers face great odds when trying to start a nest, with the vast majority of them dying before they even get a chance. Some however might be able to actually start the nest, but then surviving the initial stages of the nest building process is another major hurdle that the new queen has to overcome.

So the odds are low that you will be dealing with an infestation after a wave of swarmers, but termite colonies send out multiple waves of swarmers out, and eventually, one of them will succeed.

What’s more important to keep in mind when you see swarmers is that they are an indication that there is a mature termite colony nearby. If the swarmers are inside the home, then that is a major cause for concern, and it is very likely that you have an infestation indoors. These swarmers were sent out by a colony that is set up in the building itself, and the colony has been around for a while, since only mature colonies will send out swarmers.

What to do if you notice swarmers

You should not call a pest control pro every time you notice termite swarmers outdoors. However, it’s best to have a yearly inspection schedule set up with a pest control company. This will ensure that any termite infestation is caught early on, before any major damage is inflicted on the home. If you notice he swarmers indoors, you should call a pest control company as soon as possible.

We offer termite control services as well, so if you have any questions about swarmers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for an inspection, contact us today.

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