Why Termites Are Still Swarming in North Carolina
September 12, 2018
There’s no doubt about it, termites are some of the most complicated pests that North Carolina residents have to deal with! Driven by their desire to feed on cellulose products and create colonies inside the wood of our homes, these pests are a force to be reckoned with. And to make things worse, termites are very good at remaining unnoticed until it’s too late and the damage has already been done. This is why it’s important for homeowners to understand termites and be knowledgeable of their behaviors and habits.
In a termite colony, there are three major groups of termites. Each of these groups have specific tasks to carry out. The first group is the termite workers. Their objective is to gather food for themselves and their entire colony. In this process, worker termites cause damage to trees, plant material, wallboards, trim, etc. You’ll most likely find these creamy white colored pests in the soil around the foundation of your home. The next group is the soldiers whose sole mission is to defend the colony. These termites have elongated, yellow-colored heads, strong jaws, and very short legs. The last group is the reproductive termites, which are also called swarmers. These termites are large and range in color from dark brown to black. In the spring, these winged members emerge from their mature colonies in order to mate and start new colonies. Shortly after they mate, their wings will break off.
As a homeowner, termite swarmers are the ones you need to be the most worried about. Why? Because if you can catch onto the signs of a swarm in the early stages, you can prevent a significant amount of damage, stress, and costly repairs. Warning signs of a termite swarm include discarded swarmer wings on your windowsills and porches, flying insects that resemble flying ants around your home, the beginnings of mud tunnels around your foundation and exterior walls of your home, and minor wood damage. Like we previously stated, these termites typically only swarm in the spring. However, a downside to the year-round warmer weather and mild winters in North Carolina is that it’s possible for termite swarms later in the year! The climate here provides the perfect conditions for termite populations to thrive, so it is important to keep an eye out for these signs all year long.
Termite infestations may be complicated, but the solution is simple: contact your local pest control company for help! At A-1 Pest Control, we have the experience and high-quality solutions needed to completely eliminate termite infestations and prevent new ones from occurring. When customers join with our Home Shield Complete protection program, they receive year-round coverage for numerous pests, termites included! This program, combined with the use of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, is sure to take care of any termite problems you may have both now and in the future. Give us a call at A-1 Pest Control today to get started!