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What To Do About Termite Swarmers In Cincinnati

May 15, 2022 - Wood-Destroying Insects

Do you know what termite swarmers are or what they look like? Or maybe you've never even heard of this type of termite before? Every person in the area needs to know about these pests as termites are incredibly destructive and hard to remove. Termite swarmers are simply the kinds of termites in the colony responsible for reproduction. They occasionally leave the nest, making termite swarmers one of the earliest signs of a termite problem.

Find out how to identify termite swarmers in Cincinnati and get helpful tips in this guidebook created by the professionals at 1 Stop Pest Control.

What Do Termite Swarmers Look Like?

There are three types of termites in the caste system within their nests. The worker termites are small and white, and the soldier termites are white with large, brown heads. These termite types don't have wings and rarely leave the nest. On the other hand, the termite swarmers look like flying ants but have longer, thinner wings. They are dark brown to black.

Termite activity is ongoing throughout the year, but termite season is when the termite swarmers leave the nest to reproduce. This season begins sometime in the spring and ends sometime in the fall, depending on the species and weather conditions. 

Termite Swarmers Could Be The First Warning Sign

Despite being destructive as they chew through wooden structures, termites are hard to spot. They tunnel directly into wood and live in underground colonies, so you probably won't see them. You could have termites for months without noticing any signs. However, one of the first signs of a termite infestation could be these swarmers.

If you see them flying around your yard or notice discarded wings, you need to act quickly. Swarms around your yard mean you need to have Cincinnati pest control experts inspect your property for an infestation. At this point, you might not have termites yet but need to prevent them. But, if you see a termite swarm inside your house, you likely have termites and will require removal services.

You might think that you'd notice the damage termites have done if they're already inside, but this isn't always the case. While termites will consume wood 24/7, most of the damage is internal and takes time to show as visual, external signs. 

How Long Do Termite Swarms Last?

Termite swarms look like a collection of flying bugs. The swarmers will emerge from their nests and fly around together, looking for new places to burrow. While the swarms are a short phenomenon, termite season can span varying lengths of time for each specific species.

Then, if these reproductive termites don't find somewhere to hide within about 30 minutes, they will die. So, even if you don't see the actual swarm itself, you could discover their discarded wings or body parts after the fact.

How Do You Get Rid Of Termite Swarmers?

Termites are one of the most challenging pests to eradicate. They can damage the internal structures of your home and cost you thousands of dollars to fix the damage. The majority of DIY control efforts aren't a complete solution either.

It's much easier and more effective to let the Cincinnati termite control team eradicate these pests with 1 Stop Pest Control. Call us today to get started.

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