One way homeowners discover they have termites is when they see winged reproductive termites, called swarmers. During swarming season, hundreds of termites with wings will make a mass exodus out of a colony and take to the air. Usually this happens after a rain as the temperatures begin to warm and the days lengthen, but it can happen at other times as well.
Once these termites emerge from their nest, they quickly begin flying, and any wind will spread them even further. They quickly pair up, pry off their wings, and retreat to a cozy dark place where they mate and start a new colony. Swarmers that emerge indoors are attracted to bright lights and are often found around windows and lights. Finding termites or their wings indoors is almost always a sign that the house is infested and being attacked by these wood-destroyers.
Termites in periods of low rainfall are less likely to swarm. At those times they often go deeper into the ground, waiting for more favorable conditions. Also, only mature colonies produce swarmers.
So termites may be eating your home even if you don’t see swarmers or other signs of termites. A professional inspection is the best way to determine if your home is infested with termites.
Call us if you haven’t had a recent inspection for wood-destroying pests, or if you find swarmers or other signs of termites, and we will schedule an inspection. Finding infestations early and eliminating them before they cause major damage can easily save you hundreds, and sometimes many thousands of dollars.