Spring is a crucial time for identifying and dealing with termites because it’s the season for swarming. Swarming termites are a big indicator that a termite colony is nearby, which could mean an infestation is occurring. It’s better to discover you have termites earlier than later, due to the significant damage they can cause to your home.
Swarming termites are winged adult termites that mature and fly away from their colonies to continue reproducing. Termite swarming begins at different times of the year depending on the type of termite, but they all usually begin when the weather begins warming up following a significant rain event. The one type of termite that typically swarms first is known as subterranean termites.
Because termites eat wood from the inside out, termite damage often goes undetected for long periods of time. Often in fact, by the time signs of termites appear, colonies are well established, and significant damage has already been done. If you begin spotting swarming termites, keep an eye out for other signs of termites, like these below:
- Hearing quiet clicking sound emanating from the walls
- Finding wings around your home
- Warping windows or doors
- Wood damage
- Mud tubes near home’s foundation
If you suspect you have a termite problem or if you spot signs of a termite infestation, contact a professional termite control company who can provide you with a thorough termite inspection and a comprehensive termite protection and treatment plan.