Warning Signs of Fall Termite Infestations in Lake Worth
October 31, 2018
Lake Worth is a wonderful place to live, said every termite who's ever visited. The warm, temperate climate, high humidity, and pools of standing water left by tropical storms make Lake Worth the perfect place for termites to thrive. So it isn't surprising that we have several species here. With several species of termite comes the possibility of fall termite swarms because different species have different preferences for when they release swarmers. Here are a few things you should know about termites and termite swarms.
Termites, especially subterranean termites, are incredibly sneaky. When they invade a home, they feed on the inside of wood and give little or no sign of their presence. They're so sneaky, they can feed on a home for years without being detected. Often, the only warning sign a homeowner gets is the appearance of swarmers. But detecting swarmers isn't always easy. Swarms don't typically last for more than 30 minutes. That means a swarm could gather and dissipate in the time it takes you to go to the store to get a few groceries. Keep these points in mind:
If a swarm happens while you're gone, you may find wings littered about on entranceways, or on your back porch. These wings will be white and equal in length. When they appear, it is time to reach out to a termite-control professional.
If a swarm happens underneath your home, it could go unnoticed. It is important to do a routine inspection of crawl spaces and inspect cobwebs for termite wings. Cobwebs are nature's sticky traps; they're helpful for monitoring pest pressures. When wings appear under your home, it is important that you take action. That wing is a warning that a swarmer and its mate could be developing a colony right under your property.
If a swarm occurs inside your home, look for wings on window ledges. Those swarmers will be trying to get to the light. While worker termites have an aversion to light, swarmers are designed to head straight for it. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that swarmers will leave the bright outside to enter the dim interior of your home. You can know for sure that those swarmers on your interior windows came from a colony inside your structure.
If you see swarmers crawling on your outside walls, it is important to understand what you're looking at. The appearance of termite swarmers—even on the outside of your home—is not usually a warning sign that your home is about to be attacked by termites. It is a warning sign of a current and mature infestation. Why? Because termite swarmers don't travel far from their place of origin. It may only be a few hundred yards. So, those swarmers on your exterior walls probably came from inside your walls or from a location on your property.
The Good Thing About Swarmers
When swarmers appear on the outside or, worse, the inside of a home, it doesn't take long for a homeowner to start calling pest control companies. Most people know what termite swarmers look like. And, fortunately for homeowners, these insects inspire the right amount of concern. But waiting till the warning sign of termite swarms appears is not the best way to protect your home. Swarmers are easy to miss. Plus, when swarmers appear, it is almost always after damage has been done. We would prefer to protect homes from termites "before" they get damaged.
At Nozzle Nolen, we offer many solutions for preventing termite damage. These solutions vary depending on the type of termite being controlled. For the most destructive termite in Florida, the Formosan subterranean termite, we install our Advance Termite Baiting System. This system makes the detection of subterranean termites a breeze. If termite activity is detected, your technician will replace the bait cartridge with a cartridge that contains an active ingredient that will work to eliminate the colony, which is sending those worker termites to your home. This active ingredient is undetectable to termites and slow-acting so that the queen doesn't alert her colony to the threat.
We also provide Termidor barrier treatments. Termidor is the number-one termite-control product in the United States. When you have Termidor installed around your home, it is like having an impenetrable barrier. Not only does it kill worker termites that pass through it, but those workers share the product with other workers before they die. Like bait, it works its way back to the colony and eliminates it.
If you'd like to learn more about proactive termite control in Lake Worth or the surrounding area, give us a call today.