Termites are a serious threat to homes and other properties. These tiny pests can eat away at the wood of your property around the clock. This level of activity can create serious damage and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s a good idea to stay proactive in the fight against termites all year long. However, there is a time of year that you need to be extra-vigilant about protecting against termites and that is during termite swarm season. Termite swarmers are reproductive termites that fly from one colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. This means that during termite swarm season these pests are actively searching for new homes to infest. This time of year – typically throughout spring and summer – is the time when your home is at the highest risk of developing a new termite infestation. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your property is protected from termites during swarm season.
Catch up on home maintenance
The condition of your home can impact how attractive it is to termites. For example, a home that has soil with excessive moisture is more attractive to Subterranean termites than one without the excess moisture. This is because Subterranean termites need to be in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. If you get behind on your home maintenance and a leak allows moisture to build up in your soil, it can draw the attention of termite swarmers. Catching up on home maintenance as termite swarm season approaches is a step in the right direction if you want to protect your property from an infestation.
Learn how to identify termite swarmers
Learning how to identify termite swarmers can help you in your efforts to protect your property from these pests. Swarmers can be confused for flying ants if you do not take the time to learn the difference. Fortunately, it is easy to differentiate between the two once you learn the basics. Two easy characteristics to look at are the waists and antennae of the two pests. Flying ants have a pinched or segmented waist while termite swarmers do not. Flying ants have bent antennae and termite swarmers have straight antennae. If you see a termite swarmer near your home at any point, bring in professional help right away to ensure that you do not develop an infestation.
Set up a professional termite inspection
Termite swarm season is a great time to set up a professional termite inspection. An inspection will let you know if you already have an active infestation. If there is no infestation, the inspector will provide you with options that will help keep it that way. You can get professional help with termite prevention during swarm season and throughout the year.
The thought of termites swarming around and looking for new homes to invade can be unnerving. New infestations take time to grow which means you may not see immediate evidence of an infestation if swarmers settle in at your house. Eventually, however, the infestation will grow to a level that can cause serious damage to your property. The best course of action is to prevent swarmers from infesting your house. Catching up on home maintenance, learning how to identify termite swarmers, and setting up a professional termite inspection are all ways you can protect your home during swarm season.