5 W’s and an H about Termite Swarm Season
April 27, 2017
What is termite swarm season?
Termite swarm season is the time of year when winged termites or ‘swarmers’ leave their colonies to find a mate and reproduce. This season is very concerning for homeowners because it is during this time that a termite colony has the best chance to spread inside someone’s home. For homeowners in the two most common, and most threatening, types of termites are the subterranean termite and the drywood termite.
When does termite swarm season begin?
In South Florida, the termite swarm season has already begun. Swarmers are triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, so they are most active in the spring from March to May; sometimes in southern regions, residents see signs of termite swarm season as early as February. Termites usually swarm in the early afternoon and after it rains, because they want to be in warm and moist environments. The termites’ wings are fairly weak, so the spring winds are ideal for them as travel aides that help to carry the swarmers to new areas where they can begin their new colony. Termites usually swarm in the early afternoon and after it rains, because they want to be in warm and moist environments.
Where are termite swarms typically spotted?
Homeowners typically report swarms of termites hovering around windows and doorways. These swarmers often leave tiny piles of discarded wings on window ledges and by doorways. Theses piles of discarded wings are one of the best indicators of an infestation.
Who is most affected by termite swarm season?
Homeowners residing in southern areas are at a higher risk of having a termite infestation because termites thrive in warm, moist areas. As South Floridians, we are the most affected by termite swarm season. The sunny and humid weather here in South Florida provides the termites with everything they need to spread.
Why should you be concerned about termite swarm season?
Termites literally destroy your home from the inside out. If left untreated, they can cost homeowners millions in property damage. Termite colonies have their best chance of spreading into your home during termite swarm season, so it is important to be on the look out for any swarms or small piles of discarded wings.
How can you protect your property from termites?
As a homeowner, to prepare for termite swarm season, the first thing you should do is to call a local pest control company such as Nozzle Nolen. At Nozzle Nolen, we offer a free initial inspection during which we will customize a preventative termite treatment that is safe and environmentally sensitive. We also offer a variety of curative termite treatments if an infestation is identified during the inspection.
Once a professional has treated your home for termites, there are a few things that you can do on your own to help make the treatment more effective. Homeowners should try to reduce the moisture in their homes by sealing any leaks around the house. Improving airflow through your home can reduce moisture, so be sure to remove any blockage from around vents. Termites feed on wood and can only travel short distances so keep the perimeter of the house clear of anything that could be a breeding ground or that they could use as a bridge inside such as wood piles, yard clippings, branches, bushes etc.
We here at Nozzle Nolen recommend homeowners, especially those living in South Florida’s humid climate, to set up an annual termite inspection because it is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to termites in your home. If you are interested, go ahead and give us a call to schedule your free inspection!
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