Termite swarmers are reproductive termites. Swarmers leave an established colony and head out to look for a house or building to establish a new colony. In California, swarmers are often seen out during the spring. When these termites find a suitable location for the new colony, they shed their wings and get to work reproducing and establishing the colony. These termites are a threat throughout most of the United States – including California – so you need to take steps to prepare for swarmers in order to protect your property.
Deal with water issues around your house
Swarmers are attracted to properties with moisture-rich soil. Subterranean termites need to be close to this type of soil in order to survive. If the soil around your house is moisture-rich then it means that it is an attractive option for swarmers looking for a place to establish a colony. Dealing with water issues around your house before swarmers emerge this year will help you prepare for the onslaught. Common water issues include leaking pipes in your crawlspace, a leaking air conditioning unit, improper drainage in your yard, and poorly functioning downspouts. Check around your home for any signs of water issues in order to prepare for termite swarmers.
Remove decaying wood from near your house
Termites are attracted to decaying wood. If you have decaying wood around your house it can make it attractive to swarmers. Firewood that is stored near your house, a dying tree, fallen limbs, and tree stumps are all potential types of decaying wood that can attract termite swarmers. If these types of decaying wood are close to your house they can attract and transfer termites to your house. Store firewood away from your house and off the ground. Remove large limbs, dying trees, and any other type of decaying wood from your yard promptly in order to prepare for termite swarmers.
Learn to identify swarmers
Learning how to identify swarmers can help you prepare for their appearance. Swarmers are often confused with flying ants because they are similar in size and shape. There are some noticeable differences if you know what to look for. Flying ants have a body that appears to be segmented or narrower at the waist while termites do not. Termites have straight antennae while flying ants have antennae that appear bent. These two simple differences should be enough to help you differentiate between a flying ant and a termite swarmer. When you know how to identify swarmers it will help you protect your home from termites by allowing for quick action as soon as you see one of these pests.
Get a professional termite inspection
A professional termite inspection is a way for you to determine where you stand when it comes to termites. The inspector will be able to determine if you have an active infestation, signs of a previous infestation, and if your home is vulnerable for a future infestation. This information will help you take steps to get your home prepared for the possibility of termite swarmers.
The four steps outlined above will help you prepare for the possibility of termite swarmers. These pests pose a risk to any home that contains wood in the construction. If you are proactive in your efforts you can reduce your risk of developing a termite infestation when the swarmers head out to look for new colony locations.