Termites are pests that live in large colonies and behave very similarly to bees. Like bees, each termite has a job they are responsible for to ensure they keep the colony going. One of the jobs of a termite is a swarmer. The swarmer must leave the colony, find a mate, reproduce, and scout out a new location to build a nest. Swarmers look different than most of the termites in the colony. They are winged with black bodies, which often makes them mistaken for flying ants. Once you see a swarmer on the loose, it is safe to say that the colony they came from has at least a thousand other termites working behind the scenes. McFadden Pest Control considers this a problem that needs our professional attention.
What do you do if you notice a termite swarm?
Before you try to tackle this on your own, call McFadden Pest Control. If you are seeing a swarm, this means you may already have a problem, or the potential of a problem showing up has just gone up.
Immediate steps you can take:
- Contain the space- Termite swarms launch from a single location. This means if you can close off the opening, you can contain the termites rather than them finding a new source of food.
- Create a barrier- Placing rocks around the perimeter of your home creates a more difficult entrance for termites to get through. This is a distraction that could lead termites to pass by your home and on to their next location.
- Turn off outdoor lights- Swarmers are attracted to light. This means that they often swarm during the day or at night if lights are left on outside.
- Get rid of moisture- Termites need water to survive. When there is standing water in your gutters or around your drains, this entices termites to show up to your house.
Termites are not a pest you want around your home. They cause structural damage, and the cost associated with a large problem can be astronomical. Call McFadden Pest Control to take care of any termite issue you think could be swarming around.
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