You may be wondering if termites have invaded your home. It could be due to a neighbor or friend who uncovered a termite issue at their home. It may have been due to an advertisement talking about the damage and costs associated with termites. Regardless, you wouldn’t necessarily know if you have a problem, because termites can silently destroy the wood in your home without you being aware of their presence.
Termite damage can range from minor to serious, and the repairs can be costly. So, how can you tell if your home has termites?
Check your home and property for the following to avoid drawing termites to your property:
To eliminate any possibility of a termite invasion, you should contact a professional pest control service. Specialists have the expertise to eliminate all termite issues by first identifying the problem through a thorough inspection, and then developing a treatment plan that is right for you.
Termite swarmers are the largest termites that make up a colony (except for the queen). They are the reproductive members of a colony, a dark brown to black in color, and are the only termites that have wings. With their wings they are able to "swarm' from their colony and find a mate, allowing them to reproduce and form new colonies. Their wings are shed shortly after swarming. Many times, the only way you will suspect that you have a termite infestation is if you see the termite swarm itself, or if you happen to notice their discarded wings.
Swarmers become active when temperatures reach a steady 70 degrees, usually in the spring and after the last freeze. Young adult male and female swarmers leave their nests in large groups in order to find mates. After mating, both the male and female swarmers shed their wings, signaling that they are couples. They select a nesting site, mate and reproduce, thus becoming king and queen of their own colony.
If you observe swarmer activity on or around your property, you will know that a termite colony is somewhere nearby. Swarmers, or their piles of wings, are often the only visible signs of an infestation. This proof of their existence means you may have a serious and potentially expensive problem on your hands, and you need to get help right away.
If you suspect that you have a termite problem because you have observed the activities of swarmers, you can book your termite service through SimplyPest.