Swarming Termites – Covington Termite and Pest Control
At AmeriTech Pest Solutions, here in Covington, Ga., we are keenly aware that the month of March signals the official termite swarming season in most of The Southeastern United States.
As soon as the outside temperature begins to reach 70 degrees F. and we get some warm showers to moisten the soil, the subterranean termites begin their annual mating flights…or as we call them…swarms.
Swarming termites are the kings and queens of the colony. They don’t actually eat wood or cause damage. Their sole purpose is to pair up, mate and go back into the ground to form new colonies. It is actually the worker termites that eat the wood and do the damage.
Many people mistakenly believe that, once the swarming is over with, the threat is gone. Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. If a colony is present in your walls or floors, they are there eating wood year round, 24 hours a day. Just because you don’t see any swarming termites, it doesn’t mean the termites are gone. A swarm is a sign of a healthy, working termite colony that has grown to the point of reproducing itself.
Swarming termites are often confused with flying ants, which mate around the same time of the year. But, in fact, it is the termites that you have to worry about. Ants don’t eat wood and damage your home.
How to tell the difference?
There are 2 ways you can easily distinguish flying termites from flying ants:
- Termites had a straight-sided body with no waistline. Ants have a pinched-in “wasp” waist.
- Termites have 4 wings all the same length. Ants have 4 wings with the front pair being longer than the rear pair.
It is frightening when you see swarming termites boiling up out of the ground…and it is even worse when they comes swarming up out of your walls, baseboards or floor.
Termites are serious business. They do billions of dollars in damages to homes in the United States each year. And most of this damage is done to homes that have not been treated by a professional exterminator and are not being inspected and monitored on a regular basis by someone who knows what to look for.
If you think you might have a problem with termites…or any other pest…or simply a question…call AmeriTech Pest Solutions at 678-591-6243 and ask for me, Chris Leach. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.
I hope this information is helpful to you…and I also hope you have a great day!
Here’s to helping YOU live TERMITE FREE,
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