It’s Termite Swarming Season! Here’s What You Need to Know

March 18, 2021


Late winter in North Carolina is a great time, with the warming weather giving us an opportunity to spend more time outdoors catching some rays. It also marks something significantly less great: the beginning of termite swarming season. So, what does termite swarming season mean for you?

When Do Termites Swarm?

We’ve established that termite swarming season begins around late winter, but there are more specific conditions within that initial time frame that can trigger termite swarming. For starters, let’s elaborate on that timeline a little bit more: termite swarming season starts in late winter, but lasts all the way through around September or October. So basically, we’re talking about a swarming season that lasts anywhere from 5-6 months.  
 
More specifically, termites swarm almost always during the day, and tend to be more active after rainfall on especially warm days. Indoor swarming is usually an indication that you already have a termite infestation; if you’re experiencing an indoor termite swarm in your house, contact a professional termite control company immediately.

Identifying Termite Swarmers  

Termite swarmers (AKA flying termites) are themselves a specific type of termite that is produced by the colony with the specific purpose of reproduction. These termites swarm to find partners and start their own termite colony. They look like this:  
 
Termite swarmer close up

("Flying Termite" by Derek Keats is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

And here’s an example of what a termite swarm looks like:  
 


 
 
If you’re encountering termite swarmers either in your home or out in your yard, there’s a significant chance that you have a termite colony living in your yard, or possibly even inside of your home -- both causes for concern.  

Does a Swarm of Termites Spell Danger?

Flying termites perched on blades of grass

("Western subterranean termite" by B Staffan Lindgren is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

While termite swarmers themselves are not the wood-eating members of the termite colony, they can act as a great warning indicator for us humans of a dangerous termite presence. Considering the serious damage capability of a colony of termites to both structures and outdoor wood, witnessing a swarm of flying termites inside or around your home is cause for concern.  

If I kill the insect swarmers is the problem solved?  

Termite wings

 

Unfortunately, even though the flying termites are the visual indication of the problem, simply killing termite swarmers that you see is not the solution to a termite problem. Termite workers are the ones that cause the real damage, chewing through wood and causing damage, and these workers act almost invisibly inside of structures themselves. Termite infestations can go on for months and years without being identified because of the secretive nature of these termite workers, allowing colonies to grow and cause even more long-term damage.  

What To Do if you See Swarming Termites

Taking on a termite presence is not a battle that you want to fight alone. A-1 Pest Control provides termite solutions that can eliminate an existing termite problem, as well as protective and preventive Sentricon and Termidor services that help reinforce your home for any future termite threat. Just reach out to us and we’ll answer any questions that you may have and get you on the path to a termite-free home! 

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