Swarming Season for Termites in Texas
July 11, 2018
Summer is here, and that means termite season is in full bloom! Unfortunately, due to the warm climate in Texas, the termite swarming season can start earlier and last longer here than in other parts of the country. It’s important to stay vigilant and look for signs of termite swarming around your property in order to avoid being invaded. Even while taking precautionary measures against these destructive pests, they may still invade your property, and once they get inside, begin damaging the wood inside your home; termite damage can go unnoticed for a long period of time, so it’s important to maintain protection from termites for your Texas home year-round!
Watching Out for Swarming Termites
Once a termite colony reaches capacity, the alates (termite swarmers) will take off in search of a place to establish a new colony; this usually only happens once a year per colony and only under ideal weather conditions, so if you suddenly start seeing masses of flying insects on the side of your house, around the foundation, gathered around windows, under your deck, or trying to enter your basement on a humid overcast day, you are likely dealing with a termite swarm. Check out our previous post for further tips on spotting termites.
There is no need to immediately panic if you see these flying termites around your home, just because you see a swarm flying around your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an active termite infestation or termite damage in your home. The swarm may just be a sign that the original termite colony is somewhere very close to your property; however, seeing termites swarming around your home can certainly be a sign of an infestation. If you see discarded insect wings in or around your home, you may have more reason to worry as termite swarmers only shed their wings after they have mated and found a new place to establish their colonies. Whether you are only seeing swarmers flying around your home, have found discarded insect wings, or have already discovered an infestation in your home, it’s best to consult a pest control professional.
Getting Expert Help
Underground termite damage can go unnoticed for a long period of time; while it may seem like it would be easy to spot a bunch of swarmers, it’s actually quite the opposite. These termites invade rather quickly and often swarm in dark and hidden places around your home that usually go unnoticed. If a termite swarm establishes itself on your property and begins feeding on your home, you could end up with thousands of dollars of structural damage to your home, which is why it is so important to take measures to prevent these wood-destroying pests from gaining access to your home.
The best way to avoid a termite infestation is through continued protection from a licensed and certified pest control company. At Adams Exterminating Company, we have years of experience dealing with termites throughout Texas. Our professionals will perform an inspection and develop a plan of action to both eliminate the termites invading your home and prevent them from returning. By using the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ coupled with an evaluation and termite prevention recommendations, we can keep your home protected from costly termite damage.