Termite Swarmers

Everything You Need To Know About Termite Swarmers In Santa Clarita

Everyone has heard of termites, but if you aren’t familiar with termite swarmers, you’re not alone. Even so, having a basic understanding of what termite swarmers are, how you can identify them, and what it means if you find them can greatly help you as a Santa Clarita home or business owner. At CVA Exterminators, we strive to educate our customers so that you are empowered to make decisions that help protect your home or business against pests. We’ve created this Termite Swarmer Guide to provide you with the information you need.

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What Are Termite Swarmers?

Termite swarmers are the reproductive members of a termite colony. They are much larger than the worker or soldier termites, they have two sets of identical length wings, a set of straight antennae, and brownish or black bodies. Most termites spend their lives out of sight, but termite swarmers come out in the open to mate, so they’re often the only termites you’ll ever see to indicate that you have a termite infestation. 

When Do Termites Swarm?

Like many animals, termites usually mate at certain times of the year. When this occurs, it’s called a termite swarm. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring. This usually occurs on a sunny day after rain. Because bathrooms and kitchens sometimes create a similar environment of high humidity, warmth, and bright light, a swarm can sometimes be triggered indoors.

Drywood termites typically swarm in late summer. They usually swarm during the day, most often in the afternoon.

What Are The Signs Of A Termite Swarm?

There are a couple of things to be on the lookout for when identifying a termite swarm. You may see the swarm itself. If this happens, you’ll see a large group of swarmer termites. These can sometimes be mistaken for flying ants, but there are a few key differences between the two. 

First, termites have two sets of equal-length wings while ants have two sets of wings that are two different lengths. Second, termites have straight antennae while ants have elbowed antennae. Finally, termites have broad abdomens while ants have pinched abdomens.

It’s possible to see the signs of a termite swarm without seeing the termites themselves. After termite swarmers have found their mates, they drop their wings before going off to start their own colonies. If you find a grouping of discarded wings that are all equal in length, especially somewhere with bright light, like near a window, you’ve likely found remnants of a termite swarm.

What Does It Mean If You’ve Found A Termite Swarm?

Finding a termite swarm in your house indicates that a termite colony is already in your house and needs to be addressed. However, just because a swarm has ended this doesn't mean your home is safe since the workers are still in the structure feeding. Remember the swarmers represent only a small portion of the colony.

What Should You Do If You’ve Found A Termite Swarm?

If you find a termite swarm, contact CVA Exterminators right away. We offer several treatment options for both subterranean termites and drywood termites, no matter the situation or size of the infestation. You can also learn more about our termite control options on our Termite Control Service Page. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can protect your home or business from termites. Reach out today!

 

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