Swarming is the primary method of colony expansion for all termites. It’s the first sign people see, that lets them know when they have an infestation. Swarmers are usually present in mature colonies that are 3-5 years old, and the number of swarmers varies by species, and is uaually 1%-40% of the colony.
To prepare for the summer flight, the worker termites create an opening in the colony, which may be a break in the mud tube or a kick out hole, in the case of drywood termites. After the flight, the hole will be sealed. After the swarm starts, the termites usually are attracted too the light or a light source, thats why many people find termites on their window sills.
Swarmers are not good flyers, often depending on wind currents to disperse them. Some will lose one or more wings during flight, which you most likely will find on the floor. Most will not survive. It is estimated that 99% of a swarm is killed by predators, such as, other insects or birds.
The time of year swarmers occur, is based on environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity levels. Subterranean termites usually swarm in the spring and drywoods swarm in the fall, sometimes brought on by santa ana conditions in California. Termites have been swarming for millions of years and will continue to do so.
Termites have been known to cause more than 5 billion dollars worth of property damage in the United States every year. As a homeowner, you want to protect your home against any type of termite damage.
Concerned homeowners should contact a professional pest control company to perform regular inspections, to determine where and how the termites might be entering your home, and to ensure properties remain free from any further damage in which termites can cause.
Subterranean termite colonies can contain as many as one (1) million or more members and expand their colonies during swarming.
An indication of Subterranean termite infestation includes mud, grass, or tunnels in the wood.
The following areas and conditions should be inspected for Subterranean termites:
Areas with excessive moisture, including leaking pipes or faucets and water damage of any kind
Crawl spaces – (Areas underneath your house that are raised)
Expansion joints or cracks in the foundation; and
Exterior perimeter and roof line.
Termite Damage in Home
Good example of water and termite in a home.
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This video shows some difficult to get to areas of homes where termites will often enter. Shows what to look for when termites enter your house. Some of the termite mudding and shelter tubes are quite small so concentrate on all areas of your home. Read more
INSECT BITES CAN BE ALARMING, IF NOT SOMETIMES A DEADLY OCCURANCE.
A bite or sting can injure skin or cause a physiologic response specific to the species. Reactions can range from no visible response to life-threatening transmissions of diseases.
Complications, such as Anaphylaxsis shock, can cause allergic reactions that may cause death. Anaphylaxis generally results in an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure.
SOME COMMON INSECT BITE REACTIONS ARE:
Black Widow Spider – A dull numbing pan, muscle cramps, vertigo and chills.
Bee or Wasp Sting – Pain and itching, weak, dizzy, and throat swelling.
Fire Ant Bites or Stings – Red irritated skin with pustules.
Brown Recluse Spider – Blisters, blue ring around the bite area and joint pain.
Tick Bites – Expanding skin lesions and a bulls-eye rash.
Remedies can range from an ice pack or surgery. As with any medical problem, always get a medical professional’s diagnosis before treating. Identifying the insect is always helpful, but the best course of action is to see a physician.
Before making an offer on your “dream home”, you may want to consider contacting a licensed pest control company, too inspect the property, before making an offer. Having an inspection, may not be the determining factor in making an offer, but it will give you valuable information at a reasonable cost.
An inspection report will note if there were any findings found by the inspector, that may be caused by termites or pests. Some of the conditions contained in reports are:
- Drywood or Subterranean termite infestation or damage
- Fungus or Dry-Rot
- Excessive moisture conditions or conditions that may cause water damage
- Conducive conditions such as, “earth to wood contact” or “cellulose debris”
Fumigation of Your Home
Is your house being fumigated or tented as it is commonly called?
This video by Dow AgroSciences, details what you need to do to get ready for the fumigation.
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