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Where Do Termites Come From?

In our Lewisville service area, termites can be a serious threat. But most folks don't really know where this threat comes from. It is common for people to think that an infestation begins with a swarm of termites landing on their home—as if termites swarm around in the air and then settle on a place to live as a group. This isn't quite how it works. If you walk out into your backyard and see hundreds of termites on your exterior wall, that is not likely a sign of an impending infestation. When large numbers of winged termites are seen together, it is a sign of a current and mature infestation on the property because those swarmers don't swarm for more than a few minutes before they break up into couples.

The Anatomy Of A Termite Swarm

When a termite colony gets big enough, the queen begins to create alates. These are male and female winged reproductives that are developed for a singular purpose: to create new colonies. The queen releases a pheromone scent and the alates work their way to the surface (toward the light) and exit the colony. Once they take to the air, they begin to swarm with each other. This is why we call them swarmers. This swarming behavior helps the males and females find a mate. When they do, they are mated for life.

In the same way a queen uses pheromone scents to communicate with the subjects in her colony, female alates use pheromones to attract a mate. After the two have come together, they look for a suitable place to land and start a family. They break free of the swarm, land on the ground, shed their wings and dig out a chamber in the ground. This is their nuptial chamber. It is where they will mate for the first time and where the queen will begin to create her offspring.

If you find a few termites on your property and there are shed wings lying on the ground, you might be looking at the start of an infestation. It could also be the start of a new nest on your property. Either way, it isn't good. As a new queen creates new workers for her colony, those workers are going to need to eat, and their primary food sources is wood.

It is important to understand how termites swarms work because a misunderstanding can lead you to believe that your property is safe and allow those wood-damaging pests the opportunity to feed on your home without you knowing it.

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Ground Termites

Termites don't always enter a yard as a winged reproductive. They can tunnel into a yard as well. Subterranean termite workers can travel as far as the length of a football field in search of a food source. If your neighbor's property is infested with termites, those termites could feed on your property at the same time. If you learn that your neighbor has been dealing with termites, it is definitely time to start considering termite protection for your home.

Budding

While colonies often begin with a female and male swarmer entering your yard, some colonies form as a result of budding. Budding is when one colony stems into two or more colonies. Here's how it works: In a termite colony, there are supplementary reproductives that assist the queen with egg production. These alternate queens also assist with satellite colonies, acting as front-line reproductives to speed up the creation of workers. If a satellite colony is separated from the main colony, it can become its own colony. Through this process of budding, a colony can be established in your yard without a single swarmer taking to the air.

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Why Choose Adams Exterminating?

  • Trained Entomologists & Service Technicians
    Our team brings a deep understanding of insect biology and behavior to create targeted pest control strategies. We're equipped with the latest techniques and technologies to effectively eliminate pests.
  • Customized Plans for Every Budget
    Recognizing that each space is different, we customize pest control services for every home or business. Our approach involves targeted solutions, addressing specific needs for your environment.
  • Trusted in the Community Since 1947
    With a legacy dating back to 1947, our pest control company brings decades of experience with a proven track record to keep your space critter-free.
  • Locally Owned & Operated
    As a locally owned business with offices in both Denton and Lewisville, we are rooted in the community and dedicated to serving our neighbors with personalized service.

Our FAQ

Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 940-239-9786 today!

  • Do you offer termite control?

    Yes, both our Home Guardian and Home Guardian Plus plans offer termite control using the proven Sentricon® System with Always Active™ along with a termite service warranty.

  • Do you offer plans or bundles?
    Yes, we offer three different plans designed to meet your needs and your budget. Our perimeter, Home Guardian, and Home Guardian Plus are all designed to bundle your pest control treatment into a package that fits your needs. If there isn’t a plan that works for you, don’t worry, we will customize one that fits your unique needs.
  • How many years have you been in business?
    We are a family owned, locally operated pest control company that has been in business since 1947. For over 75 years, our company has expanded its service area while continuing to provide exceptional customer service.
  • Do you offer any organic/green/low toxic treatments?

    We do offer “green” treatments because we understand that though the synthetic pesticides that we typically use are quite safe, some people for various valid reasons prefer a green approach to pest control. In addition to employing completely non-chemical measures such as structural and mechanical alterations (weep-hole exclusions, recommendations on door sweep replacement etc.) and glue traps or other monitoring devices, we have a number of natural and botanical insecticides that we can use to treat your home or business.

    We commonly use natural products such as boric acid, diatomaceous earth, and a number of different botanical products (pyrethrum, rosemary oil, cedar oil, etc.). These products can be very effective when used properly. One downside is that they usually don't last as long as synthetic pesticides, so we generally recommend a more frequent treatment cycle, such as monthly, when using these products. Just tell the person you speak with on the phone or the technician who services your property about your preference and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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