Most people believe that spring is the perfect season for swarming. People believe that this season is the most favourable season for termites to spread out and start another colony just like any other pests. However, they are wrong. Not all termite species swarm during spring.
Indeed, there are many termites that swarm during spring but there are also some termite species prefer to swarm during autumn. They would swarm during June and may extend to August. Like spring swarmers, fall swarmers would also swarm during the same time of day – late morning or late afternoon. These species’ are sometimes confused as termite swarms because of its size and color.
Termites that swarm during autumn prefer this season because the warm temperatures during autumn would trigger them to flock. Moreover, they also love moisture. And since autumn is a warm and nice season full of moisture, these termite species would find it as the best season to swarm, spread out and start another colony.
The biggest concern about autumn swarmers is the fact that these termite species are the most damaging drywood and subterranean termites. When swarmers leave the nest to start their colonies, they would spread out and land in areas that are perfect for building a new colony. During this period, fertilized female swarmers would shed their wings and look for cold damp places that are near their favorite food sources in order to lay eggs and start their own colonies.
At start, the new queen would lay 10 to 20 eggs per day but as weeks go by, the number increases. After a month, the queen would be able to lay hundreds of eggs. When a few more months pass by, the queen would be laying thousands to ten thousands of eggs per day. So during autumn and winter season, the queen would be building and fortifying her kingdom. When spring comes, then you would have a huge termite problem blowing up on your face.
For this reason, you should prevent swarmers from considering your home as a good place to start a new colony. If you have firewood or unused lumber, store them away from the ground and away from your house. Avoid the accumulation of water near your home’s foundation. Regulate the humidity inside your home. If necessary, contact termite control service and ask for their help or opinions on how you would be able to prevent swarmers.
People assume that Spring is termite season because there is a lot of insect activity. Wrong! Experts say that warm temperatures in the Fall triggers termites to flock. Termites love moisture and tend to swarm on a nice warm day after rainfall. That doesn’t mean you cannot have a termite infestation at any other given time. However, the most damaging termites, subterranean and drywood, tend to be the most active at the commencement of Fall season. If you’re living in California then you might want to set up a termite savings account. Ninety percent of our state is in zone #1 under Termite Infestation Probablity Zone. This means we are in the heavy to moderate range of termite activity.
How do you know if your home has been attacked by termites? A sign of termites are small tunnel like patches that form across the foundation of your walls referred to as “mud tubes”. They are in either brown or gray tones. To determine if it’s active you can simply just break it open. Other small warning signs are cracked or bubbly paint and you might sometimes find their little wings on the floor, Gross!
The best way to avoid infestation is for people to have an ongoing termite defense service. For those of you who are new homeowners, have your home pre-treated. Practice house checks and make sure there aren’t any leaking faucets, water pipes, standing water and any other moisture conditions.
For those of us residing in California, it is important you speak to a pest control expert about a preventative plan. Taking preventative steps can not only help your home but they can also help your pocket and avoid having to spend thousands of dollars.… Read the rest