If you see termite swarmers in your yard, it can only mean one thing: Trouble. The termites we have in Raleigh are subterranean termites. These termites cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion annually. Today, we’re going to look at a few reasons why we know swarmers mean trouble.
Swarmers Create Nests
If you see swarmers in your yard, you should know that swarmers have only one job. Their job is to create nests. Those tiny, winged termites are the queens and kings of new colonies. Since you can know for sure that swarmers make nests, you can know for sure that they’re going to be trouble.
Swarmers Start Making Workers
You may not know this, but a swarmer termite doesn’t eat wood. Don’t get too excited. Though these female and male alates won’t damage your property, their babies will. The termites we have in our area can have hundreds of thousands of workers in a colony. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.
Swarmers Aren’t Just Passing Through
When swarmers leave a nest in search of an area in which to create another nest, they have only one thing on their minds, and it isn’t to travel. Swarmers are looking for a mate. This is why they gather together in a swarm. Since their focus is on mating and not on travel, the swarmers in your yard are from somewhere close by. They may have even emerged from a nest on your property. So, termite swarmers could mean you already have termite damage.
It Takes Awhile For A Nest To Produce Swarmers
If you see swarmers in your Raleigh yard, not only are they from somewhere nearby, they came from what we call a “mature” nest. It usually takes more than three years for a nest to mature and start producing swarmers. That means the workers from that nest have had three years to do damage to structures on your property.
Swarmers Are A Bad Sign
Whether swarmers are a sign that you have an active and mature nest, or they are a warning sign that you’re about to have nests developing in your yard, they’re not a good sign. If you see termite swarmers, you would be wise to reach out to a certified termite control professional to have your property protected. Termites can severely damage structures on your property if they’re left untreated.
You Can Miss Termite Swarmers
Termites swarm together for less than thirty minutes. You can go to the store and come back in the time it takes a swarm to gather and dissipate. We don’t recommend waiting to see this warning sign. It is far better to invest in some kind of termite protection plan and be proactive about guarding your property.
Termite Control In Raleigh
At the first sign of termite swarmers (or long before you ever see them) contact Innovative Pest Solutions for guidance in selecting a termite control plan for your Raleigh property. Our termite control professionals have the training and experience to help you safeguard your property investment from the destructive impact of subterranean termites.
If you have questions about termite control, or you’d like to meet with one of our certified termite control professionals, drop us a line on our contact page. It only takes a few seconds to fill out the form and tell us about your termite concerns.
Investing in termite control is essential to protect your investment, your savings, and your peace of mind. Don’t wait till you see termite swarmers. Reach out to us today.