It’s that time of year again—-termite time! Yes, indeed, while summer days approach quickly, termites are waking up and getting ready to make new colonies. In temperate areas, this is the time of year when subterranean termites release a special type of nest member, called a swarmer, into the air to find other swarmers to mate with. Termite swarms can be quite a sight, as hundreds of flying termites are usually released at a time. For many homeowners, seeing these swarmers is the first indication that there is a termite infestation present.
Just this week, media outlets in New Orleans covered the annual swarms that regularly pester the Big Easy. The French Quarter received federal funding for its termite problem before being cut in 2011. Problems with termites is not unique to Louisiana. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage each year in the U.S.
During the next month or so, we often receive a high number of phone calls or inquiries regarding termite swarmers. Many customers panic if they witness a swarm inside of their house. In some cases though, the presence of a few swarmers around windows and doors may not necessarily mean that the structure is infested, rather there may be an outdoor colony nearby.
Therefore, it is crucial for pest control professionals to conduct a thorough inspection of the structure. Customers often describe termite swarmers as flying ants, because they can look very similar to the untrained eye. Proper identification of termite swarmers is very important, and we advise our customers to not vacuum or clean-up the insects before our pest control professional arrives at their location.
We don’t recommend waiting to take action until you see swarms of termites near your home. The best defense against these wood-destroying organisms is to treat your home with preventative termite solutions regularly. Pest control technicians can apply both a conventional or monitoring treatment methods. It is crucial to eliminate the entire colony so that termite problems do not persist in your property.
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