What Are Flying Termites?

flying termites around your home

In spring, it’s pretty normal to see insects buzzing around. After the cooler temperatures of winter, all the bugs that weren’t active in the winter months make their comeback. Mosquitoes, dragonflies, honeybees, hornets… they all make an appearance. And while you certainly don’t want to see hornets around your house, there’s another type of flying insect that is even worse to have around your home: termites.

Are Flying Termites Destructive?

Yes, termites are an extremely destructive species of insect. These insects are responsible for causing billions of dollars worth of damages to properties all across the United States each year; damages that typically are not covered by homeowners insurance. 

What Do Termites Swarmers Look Like?

Termite swarmers (also called reproductive termites) are the only termites with wings. They have two sets of wings that are the same size. Flying ants have two sets of wings, but one is longer than the other. Termite swarmers have straight abdomens, while ants have waists that are pinched in the middle. Finally, termite swarmers have straight antennae, while ants have bent antennae.

What Do Termite Swarmers Do? 

As their name indicates, termite swarmers come out in a swarm. They are the members of a termite colony that reproduce. When they emerge, they look for a mate within the group, then shed their wings and head back underground to start a new colony.

What To Do If You See A Termite Swarm

If you see a termite swarm, immediate action is necessary. You’ll need to find out if the termites are already in your home and act accordingly. If they are in your home, extermination and repairs must take place. If they’re not in your home, preventative action is essential.

RichPro Pest Management can help. Our certified professionals are trained to find the signs of a termite infestation and will conduct a thorough inspection of your home. Once we know how far the termites have gotten, we can offer the termite treatment that best suits your needs. Give RichPro a call to learn more about our termite control options or to schedule your inspection.


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