What Maywood Property Owners Need To Know About Termite Swarmers

May 14, 2021

Of all the pests you could potentially face in your Maywood home, perhaps the most destructive are termites. That’s because termites feed on cellulose found in wood which means they can destroy structural wood and other wooden objects inside of your home should they gain access to it. In the United States alone, termites are responsible for roughly five-billion-dollars’ worth of damage each year. Because termites can be so destructive, it is important to know how to identify a termite infestation before too much damage is caused. Oftentimes, the first sign of an infestation is the appearance of termite swarmers. You need to know what swarmers are, where you might find them, and what you need to do should you find them inside of your Maywood home.

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What Is A Termite Swarmer?

In order to properly understand termite swarmers, you need to know the makeup of a termite colony. Termite colonies consist of three different castes. These are workers, soldiers, and reproductives, which have wings. Each caste has its own role within the colony. Workers gather food for the colony. Soldiers protect the colony from threats. Reproductives leave the colony to create new colonies. This process in which reproductives set out to create new colonies is called a termite swarm. These termites are the swarmers. Termites are most likely to swarm in the spring and early summer. Therefore, this time frame is known as termite season. However, just because termites are most active during termite season, it doesn’t mean you can let your guard down at other times of the year. The truth is, termites are a year-round threat and should be treated as such.

Where Can You Find Termite Swarmers?

Termite swarmers are often the first sign of a termite problem. However, where you find the swarmers can help to indicate how severe that problem is. If you find termite swarmers outside, that means there is likely a nest somewhere on your property, often next to decaying wood such as fallen trees or stumps. However, this also means that your home could be at risk of a termite infestation in the near future and should be addressed immediately.

On the other hand, if you find termite swarmers inside of your home, that likely means there is an infestation present within the home already. You might find swarmers, their dead bodies, or simply their shed wings on the surfaces of your home such as floors and windowsills. If you find swarmers in your home, contact the professionals for assistance right away.

Termite Prevention Tips & Tricks

Termites are attracted to decaying wood as it is easier for them to chew through. As such, the presence of rotting or water-damaged wood on your property or in your home could attract termite swarmers. As such, to make your property less attractive to swarmers, you should:

  • Remove any fallen trees, stumps, or other decaying wood from your property.

  • Remove or replace any water-damaged or decaying wood inside of your home.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures, keep gutters free of debris, and ensure all drain spouts are working properly.

  • Use dehumidifiers to address moisture buildup in your home, especially in poorly-ventilated areas.

In addition to these preventative measures, you should also:

  • Fill in any cracks in your home’s foundation.

  • Store woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.

  • Limit wood-to-soil contact around your home by creating barriers between the soil and wood structures such as deck posts and siding.

Effective Termite Prevention For Your Maywood Property

While you can and should take the preventative measures at your disposal, the best method for termite protection is with ongoing termite treatments from the professionals here at Holifield Pest Management. When it comes to termites, the best offense is a good defense. Don’t put your home at risk for these destructive pests. Give us a call today to get started with your termite prevention plan.

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