As the weather warms up and spring takes tentative steps behind winter’s chilly exit, you’ve probably seen leaves budding on trees, flowers blooming - and termites swarming.
Concerned? You should be. Here’s what you need to know.
When is Termite Season?
North Carolina termite season begins in late winter or early spring, when the days get warmer – around 70 degrees.
You may have already noticed a termite swarm or two in or around your home. They closely resemble flying ants with black bodies and two sets of wings. In fact, during termite season it can be tough to distinguish between flying ants and termite swarmers.
This will help:
- Termite swarmers
- Antennae – Straight
- Body – Broad waist or middle
- Wings – Uniform in size
- Termites shed their wings
- Flying Ants
- Antennae – Bent
- Body – Narrow waist or middle
- Wings – One long, one short
- Ants keep their wings
As a homeowner, the questions you need to ask are: When is termite season? How long is termite season? Do swarms near my home mean I have an infestation? And How do I protect my home from termites?
We have the answers to your questions and the solutions for your termite problems.
Why do Termites Swarm?
Swarm season can last for several months in some areas, typically after it rains. The swarmers, flying termites or “reproductives,” exhibit this behavior when in search of a mate.
When the females are ready to mate, they emerge and release pheromones that alert the males of their readiness to reproduce. When the male finds his mate, he will break off his wings which serves to signify that he and the female are a mating pair, a couple.
As most newlyweds do, they find a cozy little nest location where they mate and begin forming a new colony where they are the king and queen. There they spend their days making more and more little baby termites to populate their new kingdom. The first year, a queen may lay as many as 22 eggs, but with each subsequent year that number grows.
And there are reports of termite queens living for as many as 30 years.
As the colony grows, there are more mouths to feed and these ravenous little insects will devour any cellulose based object in their path. This includes the frames of homes, floors, sub floors, walls, books, boxes, and furniture. By the time you find evidence of termites, your home could have significant damage. The best course of action is to take proactive steps to get rid of termites and keep them out of your home BEFORE you need it.
Contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing
A termite infestation is no joke! When you are looking for solutions to your termite problems, contact H&H Pest Control. Whether you have found evidence of termites in your home, your neighbors have termites and you think you may be at risk, or you want to ensure your home is protected, we have the termite control program for you.
We’ll show you how to get rid of termites and help you find the best solutions using our proven, effective termite services. Contact H&H today to schedule your FREE termite inspection. Take back your home and get peace of mind with termite protection you can trust."Topics": ,