Today we’re going to continue our series on termite signs and get into flying termites and what actions you should take if you see flying termites or other termite signs.
When it comes to termite signs, few are easier to spot then a termite swarm. A swarm means that the colony in your structure or nearby has matured enough to spawn a new colony or a nearby colony has picked your structure or suitable nearby location as their new home.
Flying termites or termite swarms indeed illustrate a interesting paradox, as they are a sign of health and strength for the colony and a sign of weakness and decay for your home or structure.
It’s important to remember though, that what appear to be termites might not, in fact, be termites. And if they are termites, properly identifying the type of termite will go a long way to pursuing the proper course of treatment. These series of articles are designed to help you do just that.
Ok, so you’ve seen an actual swarm or have found wings and some bodies that you think might be termites. How can you be sure? Ants and termites look very similar. Winged adult ants and flying termites are both referred to as alates. When the proper conditions occur, like warm temperatures, bright sunlight and low winds, the young adults they will seize this opportunity to leave the colony and fly away to start their own colonies. Sound familiar?
The exodus of alates from a colony is commonly referred to as swarming. Now here is one of the differences in ants and termites: Male and female termites shed their wings and will pair up when a suitable mate is found. Then they will shop around for a suitably damp piece of wood or soil where they will start their new colony. Ants are different. Male and female leave the nest, and after the female is inseminated, the male dies. The newly fertilized female then searches for a suitable nesting site – solo.
Swarming alates are often misidentified. This is a common mistake because termite alates look very much like ants but if you look closely you can see key differences.
Ant alates have:
- Elbowed antennae, fore wings larger than hind wings, and a constricted waist.
Termite alates have:
- Beaded antennae, fore and hind wings of equal size, and a broad waist.
Now in truth signs like this are indicative of infestation of either ants or in worst case termites. Don’t ignore signs like these. Call professionals like the team here at Hi- Tech Termite control. At the very least, a complete inspection is in order!
If you are seeing what could be termite signs, know that there are several species of drywood and subterranean termites that may be infesting your property. Not to worry dear readers! All you need to do is call us today if you see any signs of termite infestation. A professional inspection will determine exactly what your problem is.
People often don’t know they are dealing with an infestation until after the pests have already started to cause damage to the home. In your time of need, you deserve to have an expert.
If you have more questions or if you are in need of a termite exterminator or termite inspections and control in Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego, call Hi-Tech today! Based upon the nature and extent of termite infestation, Hi-Tech’s advanced technology could be your answer to the question, “Are those flying termites?”