What are some of the things you are looking forward to doing when the weather starts to warm up, and stay warm? Are you excited about days at the beach or splashing in the pool? Are you looking forward to firing up the grill or stoking the backyard fire pit to cook some tasty outdoor treats? Are you already planning what hiking trails you're going to tackle this year or what fishing holes you're going to relax at? We all have something we're looking forward to. But, when the warm weather comes, and everything starts to come back to life, we're not the only ones who will be taking advantage of it. Spring is the time of year when most termites begin to swarm.
If you're not familiar with what a termite swarm is, or where termite swarms come from, you should definitely stick with this article. In our Pennsylvania service area, the termites we battle are subterranean termites, which are the most destructive termites found in the United States. This is because they come up from the ground and silently eat away at man-made structures for years without being detected. And, since termite swarmers are likely to be your only warning sign that these insects have chosen your home to feed on, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about them.
What are swarmers? Some folks think that swarmers are a species of termites but, not only is this wrong, it can prevent you from recognizing them as the important warning sign that they are. Swarmers are not a species of termites but a caste of termite. When a nest matures, it begins to produce male and female reproductives, the kings and queens of a new nest.
Why are swarmers a warning sign? If you're seeing swarmers, it is because there is a mature nest someone near (or on) your property. Swarmers don't travel very far, so there is a good chance that you already have a termite infestation if you have swarmers crawling all over your walls.
What do swarmers look like? You're not likely to mistake these insects for flying ants if you remember two things. Termite swarmers have long white wings that are longer than their bodies. And, when you look at many termite swarmers together, those wings are going to be their most noticeable feature. But, whether or not you have winged ants or winged termites crawling on your home, it is a good idea to call a professional.
Termite season happens every year, around spring. Don't trust the safety of your equity to just keeping an eye out for swarmers. The best way to prevent damage to your home is to have ongoing, always active, subterranean termite protection for your home. Reach out to us today to get your protection in place.