Termites are nasty critters that cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. Many individuals become aware of termite populations and the problems they cause during swarm season, which is when males and females take flight, often by the hundreds or thousands, to seek each other out in order to start new colonies. Furthermore, termite swarms indicate mature colonies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that swarm season is bad for humans and the structures we live and work in. The worst part about it is that swarm season is already here!
Spring is Their Prime Time
The springtime is when termites swarm, so being aware of the facts related to their swarm season will help keep your home protected from potential threats.
It is unfortunate that many people fail to realize the annual cycle of these creatures. The more in tune we are with it, the better we are able to implement effective prevention measures.
Call on the Experts
If you have a termite problem, be sure to contact a termite control specialist as soon as possible. Although you may be able to take care of the termite “swarmers” that you can see yourself, any expert will tell you that the real damage is done behind the scenes. Most homeowners and businesses simply lack the equipment and experience necessary to get rid of these pests for good, especially during the active swarm season.
All about Termite Swarm Season
- Unlike other creatures’ swarms (i.e., bees), termite swarms are not initially dangerous. It is instinctively a reproductive act. When conditions are suitable, these insects will emerge from the ground and fly to find a mate and locate a site for building a colony. The major problem is that the number of termites taking part in the swarm is extensive, and it is not uncommon for thousands of insects to fly about.
- A majority of the termites in the swarm will be killed due to predators and sometimes, harsh environmental conditions. The ones that survive will be responsible for establishing new colonies; only one male and female will mate and be deemed the “royal couple.”
- The need to survive also causes swarms to occur; a certain level of colony maturity often initiates the swarm to find new, suitable conditions to establish additional colonies.
- It is important to remember that the swarmers (flying termites) are not a threat, although their presence will indicate a nearby colony.
Termite swarm season occurs during the springtime, but being educated on it and knowing how to handle it is the best position to be in. Contacting a qualified, professional pest management provider is the first step in treating and or preventing termite infestation and the extensive associated damage they can cause.