Termites: Swarms, identification and prevention | HomeTeam Pest Defense
It’s estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion worth of damage to homes in the U.S. each year. They eat 24/7 and are active in all states except Alaska, making them one of the most worrisome and structurally damaging pests for homeowners. Although they are a problem year-round, spring is when you are most likely to hear about them because that is when they swarm.
Swarms are the result of a group of termites looking for a new colony, and are usually the first visible sign of a termite infestation. In springtime, young adult male and female swarmers crop up in large groups and start selecting new locations to build colonies. Mating partners break off their wings to symbolize that they are a couple. If you find piles of small insect wings near your windows, doors, light fixtures, or in spider webs, there is a good chance that a swarm of termites is near, and a termite colony may be nesting in your home.
To see what a termite swarm looks like, check out this video captured by one of our technicians.
It is unwise to assume that termites are only springtime problems, and there are other ways besides swarms to tell if termites may be present.
If you see winged insects during spring, don’t panic. Winged ants are commonly mistaken for termites. While termite wings are all the same size, the wings of an ant are larger in the front and smaller in the back. Additionally, termites have straight antennae, whereas ants have elbowed antennae. Termites have a broad waistline, while an ant’s waistline is constricted.
Here is a guide that shows how you can tell the difference between the two.
For help combating termites and other common household pests, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
You can minimize the risk of termites by:
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Termites are a pest that are not easily dealt with using DIY treatments. There are also preventive services for both existing and new-home construction that can keep them at bay. A consultation with a HomeTeam termite specialist can provide you with further information on termite treatments for new construction, traditional termite protection methods, and the Sentricon® system so that you can actively defend your home.
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