Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, insects look forward to spring just as much as we do! It’s the season when many insects, including termites, start to become more active after the winter. Out of all the pests we deal with in our region, termites are undoubtedly the biggest threat. In spite of the fact that these insects are active throughout the year, they tend to swarm and infest new structures during spring. As a result, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for flying termites during this time of year and take steps to prevent them from entering your home.
At Southern Pest Control, we know how stressful it can be to deal with termites. We’re here to help—read on to learn everything you need to know about termite swarmers.
How to Identify Flying Termites
“Swarmer” termites are also known as “alates,” and are most often called flying termites. This type of termite reproduces in the spring by leaving its nest to form a new colony. The presence of these flying termites near your home can indicate an infestation, which is why it’s important to know how to identify them. Swarmers range from black to brown in color and measure 3/8 inches long, including the wings. The color of their wings is translucent or slightly milky or smoky. Wings may overlap and are typically as long as or slightly longer than the body.
During spring, swarmers invade structures around basement windows, doorways, near porches, or anywhere wood comes in contact with soil. Before you realize it, a termite infestation can severely damage your home’s structure. Preventative measures should be taken in order to keep them from showing up in the first place.
Tips to Keep Termite Swarmers Away
Spring is the best time to look for signs of flying termites. To stop them from infesting your home, here’s what to do:
- Routinely clean your yard of any rotting wood, trees, etc. Ensure your porch or deck is maintained.
- Keep all mulch away from the foundation of your home.
- Store all firewood above ground and away from the perimeter of your property.
- Repair issues with your plumbing to avoid any leaks or moisture that could attract termites.
- Work with a professional termite control expert to implement treatments that repel termites.
We Protect Your Home From Termites
You will need professional assistance if you see flying termites or if your home has a termite infestation. Getting annual pest control inspections is the best way to protect your home from wood-destroying insects. The experts at Southern Pest Control are ready to help—contact us today to protect your property from termite swarmers.