When warning signs of a termite infestation appear, they are often subtle and brief. You might only see a single termite swarmer land on your arm. If you don't recognize what a termite swarmer looks like, you may be tempted to brush it away and shrug it off. This is one of the most tragic truths of termite infestations. Signs sometimes appear and are not recognized. That is why every homeowner in Eastern Tennessee should learn how to identify swarming termites and other subtle signs of a termite infestation. Spring is an important time of year because it is when subterranean termites are most likely to swarm. That's why NPMA has named March 10th - 16th Termite Awareness Week. Here's what you need to know about termites this spring.
Every other type of termite in a termite colony is wired to avoid detection. They live under the ground or inside the wood they're feeding on and avoid exposing themselves to light. You are not likely to ever see these termites unless you dig up an area in your yard or do a renovation on your home. This is not the case with swarmers. Swarmers have no problem with light. In fact, they're drawn to light. So, you may see these termites on your property.
If you see dozens of swarmers crawling out of a hole in your kitchen floor, it is pretty obvious that you have a termite infestation. But, most of the time, it doesn't happen like this. Swarmers don't want to come out inside your home. They want to exit their nests outside and go searching for new locations to build new nests.
When swarmers take to the air, they swarm together. That is why they're called swarmers. But swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes. It doesn't take long for those swarmers to become wingless kings and queens of new nests. So it is more likely you'll see tiny, white wings littered around in your yard than it is that you'll see the swarmers themselves. These wings are lights and can be blown away by the wind. Check spider webs around your property to find evidence of swarmers. Spider webs are like nature's sticky traps.
Seeing tiny black insects with long, white, rounded wings or their wings littered about could save you from extended termite damage. When combined with some home modifications that work to make your home less attractive to termites, you can reduce your chances of having catastrophic termite damage. But, when you're able to put it in your budget, it is a much better idea to invest in professional termite protection. At Russell's Pest Control, there is no guesswork to termite control. With the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, termite detection is easy and termite elimination is even easier.
If you live in the Greater Knoxville area, reach out to us. Our licensed and certified termite control professionals are looking forward to helping you safeguard your equity.