Homeowners are frequently confronted with conditions that cause their blood pressure to rise. The continual stress of paying mortgage and insurance payments. Natural calamities such as floods, blizzards, mudslides, windstorms and wildfires pose a risk. Despite the obstacles offered by these alternately typical and unusual challenges, they rarely wreak as much harm as a small flying termite no bigger than three-eighths of an inch.
Termites With Wings: What Exactly Are They?
Flying termites are reproductive caste members, or “alates,” of their termite colonies. All termite swarmers are alates. Flying termites are in charge of scouting for partners, depositing eggs and establishing new colonies. While swarms aren’t immediately hazardous, you don’t want them to start a new colony anywhere near you.
What Do Flying Termites Look Like?
Flying termites have two sets of veiny, symmetrical wings with a white, near-translucent look. These termites likewise have two straight antennae with a slight terminal bend. The size and colour of the insects will vary depending on the species. They are usually between 1/4 and 3/8 of an inch long and can be pale, dark brown, or black.
How Did My House Get Infested With These Flying Critters?
Termites can be attracted by heavy rain and warm, humid conditions. If you reside in a cold climate, the warmth of your home’s interior can also attract them, making it a good place for reproducing flying termites to establish a colony.
Established colonies generate flying termites that will depart the nest owing to overpopulation or a lack of appropriate food. If you notice a swarm of termites with wings nearby, it might be an indicator that there is a big colony in or near your home.
What Are Tell-Tale Signs of an Infestation?
Flying termites aren’t a guaranteed indicator of a termite infestation, but the more you observe, the more likely it is. If you notice any alates indoors, for example, your home may already have an extensive termite infestation. Remember that it takes years for colonies to mature sufficiently to produce alates, so if they’re active near you, you definitely have a problem.
Flying termites get rid of their wings when they’ve reached reproductive maturity. Look for abandoned wings around window sills, door frames, and timber. The more wings you discover, the greater the infestation. While you’re there, search for mud tubes around susceptible locations outside. Finally, search for real termite damage surrounding your property. Termite damage might seem like decaying wood but examine carefully for any indications of tunnelling or actual termites.
How Do You Keep Flying Termites at Bay?
Because flying termites make up such a small fraction of termites in general, the best approach is to eradicate them completely. There are several termite treatment techniques available to help remove termites from your house, including:
- Termite baiting
- Liquid Termiticide
- Regular Termite Monitoring and Inspection
Termite extermination will not only deal with the infestation but will also minimize and limit the expansion of termite colonies on your property.
Termites are harder to eradicate than you think. DIY methods are band-aid solutions that only delay the problem for a certain time, costing you more in the long term.
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