You might have thought termites were bad enough but did you know they can fly? Well, sort of. When conditions are right, winged termites are known as “swarmers” descend on properties to establish new termite colonies. They aren’t graceful flyers and they quickly lose those wings, but termite swarmers are a sign of trouble. If you’ve seen winged termite swarmers in Pryor, here’s what you need to know.
What Is A Termite Swarmer?
Every year around springtime, termite colonies send out their swarmers. This time of year is known as termite season. Depending on the species and the weather conditions, termite season can begin as early as March, although some termites deploy their swarmers as late as November.
Termite swarmers have one job: mate and create a new colony. Unlike most ants and bees, termite colonies have both kings and queens and they both begin their royal careers as winged swarmers frantically searching for a partner. Swarmers are known to appear both outdoors and indoors.
It’s important to remember that termites are active year-round. While swarmers may only emerge during termite season, a termite colony can endure cold weather and continue to destroy your property.
How To Spot Termite Swarmers
Termite swarmers are evidence that a nearby colony has reached a large enough size to send out reproductive termites to explore the area and found colonies of their own. But swarmers aren’t strong flyers and can only travel a short distance. So, if you spot termite swarmers, it’s almost certainly a sign of a well-developed termite infestation nearby — possibly on your property. Swarmers are often seen in a few common locations.
If you see winged termites swarming indoors during daylight hours, you have subterranean termites on your hands. Swarmers appearing at dusk underneath outdoor lights and near window sills are dry wood termites.
Tips For Preventing Termite Swarmers
The most effective way to stop termite swarmers is to eliminate a colony before it becomes too large. But because termites are often difficult to detect, this is easier said than done. Even if you can’t get rid of nearby termite colonies, you can still try a few tips to make your property less attractive to swarmers.
- Keep the lights off. Turn off any outdoor lights that could attract swarmers. Light sources from windows spilling outside can also draw swarmers to your property. Try to keep lights off to reduce the presence of swarmers.
- Reduce moisture. Termites thrive in environments with high humidity and moisture. Make sure that excess water isn’t accumulating around your property. Clear drains and gutters to ensure that water is flowing away rather than collecting in one area. Fix any leaking pipes or spigots. Consider installing a dehumidifier to make your property less hospitable to termites and other pests.
- Eliminate food sources. Try to get rid of any unnecessary plant-based materials on your property. This means removing fallen trees, rotting logs, and stumps but also doing some landscaping. Switch to a cellulose-free mulch in your garden, or move your gardening area away from the property. Trim back woody hedges and shrubs to keep from making direct contact with your house or building.
Termite swarmers are often the first sign of a termite problem. The best way to deal with your termite troubles with help from the professionals at Mid America Pest Control. When you choose our termite control services, you can trust that your termites are a thing of the past. We use industry-leading Termidor® treatment to protect your home from termites and our Advance Termite Bait System to eliminate these destructive pests at the source. If you’ve spotted termite swarmers in Pryor, get in touch with us today.