When you think of termites, you may only think about pests that eat wood and crawl around, but there are different termite varieties, including those that can fly. So if you spot a winged pest you’ve never seen before, you may not realize that it is actually a termite. Many people are surprised to find that termites with wings exist and causing damage to their home without any signs.
We’re going to take a closer look at how you can identify flying termites and termite infestations. We’re also going to take a look at termite treatment and how to prevent a termite problem in the first place.
What Is A Flying Termite?
A flying termite, also known as winged termite, has two pairs of wings. The wings are equal in length and you’ll notice they have a white, almost translucent color and a veiny appearance. As well as two straight antennae that are slightly curved.
What Do Flying Termites Look Like?
As you try to identify flying termites, you’ll notice that they sometimes get mistaken for flying ants.
Here’s how you can go about identifying and telling the difference between a flying termite and a flying ant:
- Flying termites tend to be between 1/4 and 3/8 of an inch long.
- Colors can vary from light, dark brown, or black with worker termites being light in color. Flying termites may also be light in color, dark brown or black depending on the species. The darker color can help termites to keep their moisture and make it possible for them to leave the nest.
- Wing length is about twice the length of termite bodies.
- Flying termites don’t have eyes.
- Termite swarms typically come from termite colonies in the soil or wooden building components.
- Swarming termites have straight antennae, equally long wings, and uniform bodies.
- Termites with wings don’t bite (neither do termites without wings).
How Do you Get Flying Termites in Your Home?
If you’ve found termites with wings or just insect wings around your home but with no other signs of termites, you may have a flying termite swarm on your hands. Termite colonies take 3-5 years to mature, enough to make termite swarmers.
You may not known, but heavy rainfall and warm and humid temperatures are typically responsible for termite swarms. Swarms happen when established colonies make winged male and female termites in order to reproduce. After these mating flights, the fertilized termites shed their wings and establish new colonies. Flying termites are typically found in the spring because that’s when their nests become overpopulated.
The problem is that by the time you notice flying termite swarms, they’ve already been there for a while and there may already have been termite activity and significant termite damage to your space.
You’ll typically discover a termite infestation in these areas in the home:
- Door frames
- Wooden furniture
- Wooden studs within walls
Let is be known swarmers are attracted to light, so you will most likely find wings near light fixtures too. Once flying termites lose their wings, they will try to find new areas in your home to create nests.
Are Termite Swarmers Good Fliers?
Termite swarmers don’t fly well at all because their wings are not meant to be permanent. Termites with wings will lose their wings soon after swarming while they try to pair off to reproduce. Even if you don’t see the winged termites swarm but you have found termite wings, there’s a good chance flying termites were in your home and there will likely be more than one termite colony.
Do Flying Termites Mean You Have A Termite Infestation?
While no one wants to find termite swarmers and discarded wings in their home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a termite infestation on your hands. What it does mean is that you likely have several termite colonies living in your yard. Which means that when the conditions are right, you may have more than one colony swarm at once.
If there is a flying termite swarm near the home nest, it could indicate a large colony in the yard or nearby that could easily become interested in the structure of your home. Whether you have existing colonies or may have a new colony on your hands, you don’t want them sticking around for long.
How Can I Get Rid of Flying Termites?
there is no doubt that once you notice termites with wings in your home, you want to get rid of them as soon as possible. You can try to clean up around your home and DIY protective measures, but the fastest and most successful removal will require a professional pest control company. A professional termite expert, like the technicians at Scott’s Turf and Pest Services will be able to come out and survey the area, look for any significant damage, to your wood termites droppings, and other less obvious signs that can indicate the severity of your pest control issue.
Through our initial inspection, we can tell if you have an active infestation and the most proactive pest control treatment plan to not only remove your current issue but prevent new colonies from taking root.
The Best Ways to Prevent Termites from Entering Your Home?
Besides the help of a professional pest removal service you can try foundation treatments and bait stations that are typically recommended for control of subterranean termites and subterranean termite swarmers.
Other preventative measures you can take to keep termites off your property for good.
- Keep all firewood and excess building materials away from your house and off the ground,
- Do not keep landscape plants within 2 feet of your home’s foundation.
- Keep all wood siding at least six inches off the ground to prevent wood to soil contact.
- Remove old tree stumps and decaying matter from your property.
Also know, if any wood like fence posts, deck poles, or stairs come in contact with the soil, it should be commercially pressure treated and should not touch the home. These types of fixtures should also be treated with a termiticide barrier.
Do You Have Flying Termites? Let’s Get You Taken Care Of!
If you notice termites with wings or any signs that you have termites, let us help. Termite control is necessary to prevent future structural damage and put your mind at ease to future issues. Contact Scott’s Turf and Pest Services for a termite inspection and request a free quote through the below form. Let us help you get rid of flying termites once and for all.