Usually one of the first signs of infestation of termites is the appearance of swarmers. This is in the spring for many species such as eastern subterranean termites. Some species swarm in the summer or fall. Ask us about which species are found in this area and when swarms occur. Swarmers are termites which are sent out to start new colonies. Swarms usually generate panic calls from homeowners who suddenly see what can be thousands of winged termites appearing in a living room or basement or even outside. Termites don’t bite so don’t worry, but a swarm where it appears that termites are being “pumped” out into the air, can be alarming. Swarms are an indication that termites are present and that a healthy colony may be nearby. Sometimes termites will swarm soon after an area is treated by a pest control operator. It is generally felt that this is a panic swarm where the termites are trying to escape the stress put on the colony by the treatment.
If you find termite tubes, or experience a swarm, call our office today to have an inspection. Keep some swarmers for us to look at and we’ll discuss a treatment program that is just right for you.