Where Do Termite Swarms Come From?
Subterranean termite workers live underground, so home and business owners often aren’t aware of a problem until they see reproductives. The only type of termite with wings, these members of the colony are in charge of beginning new nests.
Large groups of winged termites come from their ground nests to the surface while looking for mates. In their frenzy to find a partner, these pests can become a huge termite swarm. Swarming is most common in the New England states from March to June.
Noticing Winged Termites
When trying to identify a termite reproductive, there are a few important signs to consider.
Check Light Sources
Unlike other stages of termites, which avoid bright conditions, these flying pests gather around light sources. This is why people typically see termite swarms near windows or doors.
Look for Wings
Termite reproductives shed their wings after locating a mate. Cast-off wings on windowsills suggest termite activity.
Avoid Mistaken Identity
People frequently confuse termites with ants, as both pests have reproductives that create mating swarms. The difference between the two is that the termite’s wings are longer and of equal size. A termite swarmer also lacks an ant’s pinched waist.
Why Are Winged Termites an Issue?
Termite swarms develop in mature colonies with good conditions for growth. While a winged termite in a building doesn’t cause damage, it does indicate a thriving colony nearby. Seeing this kind of termite is often the first sign of an infestation.
Getting Rid of Termites
Removing a termite swarm may get rid of one problem, but workers are still present underground and within wood. To stop termites, it’s crucial to target these insects at the source. Waltham Pest Services can locate active areas to provide effective residential or commercial control.