Like most pests, termites aren’t as active during the winter months. This doesn’t mean they’ll stop eating the wood they’re currently infesting — but the chances of a new infestation taking place aren’t as high.
However, once the spring arrives, termites will begin to swarm!
But what exactly is a termite swarm?
What is “Swarming Season?”
The springtime is known as “swarming season” because this is when termites will begin their reproductive process. Termites that are in charge of reproducing have wings. They take flight in order for them to meet up and mate with other flying termites.
When witnessing a termite swarm, you’ll see hundreds (sometimes thousands) of flying termites in a concentrated area. They’ll all funnel out of hiding (from whatever wooden structure or soil they’re currently infesting), swarm for an hour as they mate, and head back into hiding.
Expect to see this happen from the same colony multiple times within the same week. Swarming season can start as early as March, but can last until the beginning of summer.
Is This Swarming Causing Damage to My Home?
Winged termites have one job — reproduce. They don’t bother with the destruction and consumption of wood.
Don’t sigh in relief just yet!
Just because the swarms of termites you’re seeing aren’t eating the wood that makes up your home, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Seeing a termite swarm near your home means there are non-winged termites currently infesting and consuming wood nearby or are beneath the soil.
If you see a swarm — your home is most likely in danger!
If you happen to witness a termite swarm, don’t walk, but RUN to your phone! You’re going to want to have a pest management professional come over to inspect your home, inside and out, for a possible termite infestation.
When you’re afraid you might be infested with termites, or are looking to sell your home and need a professional inspection, we’d be happy to help — just give us a call!