If you notice that termites are swarming anywhere near your home or business, it is a good idea to call a pest control professional to conduct a thorough inspection of your property. There may be no cause for alarm, but if termites are swarming, that means there is an established termite colony nearby and you want to make sure it is not located in an area that will damage your home or business.
When termites are swarming, they may squeeze through small crevices and invade your home on their quest. They are attracted to light, so this can cause the confusion. Their real goal is to find mates and establish a new colony. Termite colonies only create swarms at certain times of the year, when there are ideal weather conditions and light levels. This usually means that they wait until winds are calm (less than 6 miles per hour) and it is overcast with recent rain.
Different species of termites swarm at different times of the year. A pest control professional will be able to identify the exact species when termites are swarming near your property. They can also conduct an inspection of your home or business to ensure that you do not have an active termite infestation and recommend any needed treatment plan to control termites if they are present.
Here is a little more specific information about several common species of termites:
- Dampwood termites usually swarm in summer but don’t often damage homes.
- Drywood termites tend to swarm in late summer or fall, but their swarms are usually small, with about 100 individuals or fewer.
- Subterranean termite swarms are the largest and usually occur in spring. Because these termites are swarming in the daytime, these swarms are most commonly observed by humans.