Termite Warning Signs: Swarmers

There are several warning signs to look for if you live in an area at risk for termite infestations. One of these warning signs is the swarmer. In this article, we will cover swarmers and everything you need to know about them.

How threatening is a swarmer?

Swarmers are winged termites of the reproductive caste. They are spawned by the queen when the colony reaches a certain level of maturity, and they fly out in the hundreds or thousands to mate and start new colonies. Most of these swarmers will die without ever achieving their goals, and most young colonies will not survive until the first batch of workers is spawned. However, a handful will get past this initial hurdle and build lasting colonies.

So, if you see swarmers flying around outside your home, odds are they will not be able to start a colony. However, it is a warning sign that there is a mature colony nearby, and this colony could be infesting your home.

The only real cause for concern is when you find swarmers inside the home. These swarmers were likely spawned by a colony infesting your home, and it is a strong indication that you need to contact a pest control professional.

What to do if you find termite swarmers on your property

Outdoor swarmers are not a reliable indicator of whether there is an infestation in the home, but if you live in an area where you routinely see swarmers outside, you could benefit from a routine inspection schedule on an ongoing, yearly basis. In this case, you likely live in an area with large termite populations, and your home is at higher risk of infestation.

If you notice swarmers or piles of insect wings inside your home, you need to contact a pest control professional as soon as possible. A pro will come over, perform an inspection to determine the species and extent of the infestation, and then recommend a course of action based on the specific details of your situation.

You can also keep an eye out for other signs of a termite infestation if you see swarmers, signs such as wood damage, mud tubes, and exit holes in the various wooden surfaces inside your home.

For more information about termite swarmers and the threats they pose, or if you require professional termite control services, please do not hesitate to contact us today.


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