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Termite Swarming – What to Do If You Get Air Raided?  

Category: Blog
November 17, 2018

We don’t have a black heart except when it comes to killing rodents and insects that can damage property and make our customers sick. Termites in Houston are one of the worst pests when it comes to damaging homes. A single colony can have around 10 million termites and, on average, can consume an entire 2ʺ”x 4ʺ”wooden stud in about 30 days.

Termite swarms happen mostly in the spring, with some swarming in late winter when it’s cooler and others swarming in the summer when it’s hotter. It’s like they’re taking shifts feasting on the wooden structures in your home.


Termites swarm and the need to breed

Colonies tend to stay put, but; however, after a few years in one place, the younger termites will venture out to begin their own colonies. When termites swarm, they’re breeding, so male and female winged termites from separate colonies leave their nests to mate. Once they’ve mated, they’ll shed their wings and the females will become the queens of their colonies and lay millions of termite eggs.


The season for swarming

Several termite species call Houston home, and their mating habits can vary. Depending upon the species, termites swarm for about six months out of the year—typically in the spring from February through July.

The eastern subterranean termite, for instance, likes to start swarming in February and complete it in May. Formosan termites, on the other hand, swarm for a few weeks at night or dawn around the beginning of May.

Tropical rough-headed dry wood termites prefer the months between April and July.  They’’re often seen at night right around dusk and. They prefer to swarm after the sun goes down, while the subterranean termite prefers mornings. All species prefer to swarm right after it rains.


What does a termite swarm look like?

termite swarming
If you ignore a termite swarm, wait a few months. It doesn’t take long for them to leave their mark.

If you’re facing something that you think is a termite swarm, look for these signs:
·      Remnants of old wings in the area where they may be swarming
·      Dead termites lying around (collect these to show to your exterminator)
·      Wood particles underneath siding
·      Swarming tends to happen on breezy days,since wind aids in travel
·      If you think the swarming happened a few months ago, pull the siding on your home back,—you’ll see signs of tunneling

In the Greater Houston Area, chances are, you’re going to get termites, so it’s important to have an annual inspection done so that you can catch them early. If you see any of the signs of swarming, call Church Pest & Pools to set up an appointment and save your property from expensive repairs.