Are Termites Attracted to Light?

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Termite Swarms

Termite workers and soldiers do all they can to avoid exposure to the outside world. The pests even go so far as to build mud tubes for easy passage between their nests and food sources.

Reproductives, on the other hand, must find new places to start colonies. They have wings and are the type of termites that home or business owners typically spot above ground. Many factors may attract these swarms to buildings.

Are Termites Attracted to Light?

New England residents may notice these termites in spring. They often gather around doors and windows because reproductive termites are attracted to light. In commercial spaces, swarmers collecting around fluorescent lighting or brightly lit signs indicate a termite infestation.

What Else Attracts Termites?

While reproductives favor light, the other termite castes avoid it. Moisture is usually what attracts termites into homes. These conditions help prevent them from drying out and water-damaged wood is more palatable for these pests.

Damage Control

Since termite damage can cost thousands of dollars in repairs, control is crucial. Property owners should do regular inspections for leaky pipes and broken gutters. Seeing mud tunnels or winged termites attracted to light merits a call to Waltham Pest Services. Experts can diagnose any problems for both homes and businesses and set up plans of action for your unique situation.

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