What is a Termite Swarm?
Termites swarm when they leave their underground colonies to search for a new home. A swarm looks like thousands of tiny, winged bugs coming up out of the ground. This usually happens in the first warmth of spring, after rain, but can continue to occur throughout warm months (though the first swarm of spring is usually the largest.) Young, dark-colored termites with wings, called swarmers, fly out of their current homes in search a new place to start a colony. Once they settle into a new colony, they lose their wings and mate.
Will Their New Colony be in Your Home?
Swarming season puts houses in danger, as termites are seeking new, dry places to live and breed. Winged termites cannot fly very far, so they usually land where the wind takes them, often not that far from their original colony. So if you see a swarm near your house, odds are another colony may form underground near your house or even inside of it.
Are the Winged Bugs in My House Termites?
When swarming, termites look more like ants than usual. Read our blog to figure out if you’re seeing ants or termites. If you see a termite, you can suck it up with a vacuum. This gets rid of the one you’ve seen, but its presence in your home is a sure sign of infestation nearby. It’s vitally important to contact an exterminator right away to find the termite colony and destroy it.
Contact Thompson Brothers Exterminating to get rid of termites now and ensure they won’t come back in the future—to live or to swarm again.
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