What Las Vegas Property Owners Should Know About Termite Swarmers
March 15, 2021
Springtime is the season of new beginnings, blooming flowers, waking animals, and, oh yeah... termites. While these wood-infesting creatures are active throughout the year, they are most active between March and May. This means you should be on high alert and ready to take preventative measures against termites that are looking to set up shop inside the walls of your Las Vegas home.
One way to confirm that your home may be under attack is the presence of termite swarmers. When these winged insects pop up in or around your home, it usually means you have an infestation on your hands. In order to recognize and prevent these winged pests, you'll need to know how to recognize them and who to call when you do. So let's learn all we can about termite swarmers and what it takes to keep them at bay.
What Are Termite Swarmers?
Mature termite colonies produce swarmers during the spring season. These tiny terrors are the winged adults that leave their colony to mate and establish new colonies. Termite swarmers (also called alates or reproductives) have two sets of uniform wings, broad waists, and straight-bead like antennae. They can range in color from black to yellow, depending on the species. Termite swarmers do more crawling than flying and actually lose their wings once they find a suitable mating partner.
Even though these winged wanderers are a huge red flag for infestations, they don't directly damage the wood in your home. That's left up to the worker termites that rarely ever expose themselves to light and open air.
What Does A Swarmer Sighting Mean?
A swarmer sighting can mean there's already a colony full of worker termites active somewhere inside your home. Unfortunately, smashing any swarmers you see won't be any help in getting rid of the already active colony inside your walls, so be sure to reach out to a professional pest control company as soon as possible.
Where You'll Find Termite Swarmers
Like most flying insects, termite swarmers are attracted to bright lights. This means you can find them or their discarded wings near window sills or other light sources. On the outside of your home, you may find swarmers near old tree stumps or large, undisturbed piles of wood near your home.
How To Make Termites Feel Unwelcome
The best way to let termites know they're not invited inside your home is to consult a professional pest control service. But there are steps you can take to help:
- Never place firewood or wood debris directly against your home.
- Reduce moisture and humidity in crawl spaces.
- Don't let moisture accumulate near the foundation of your home.
- If you have wood on the exterior of your home that's in direct contact with the ground, consider placing rocks or some other non-wood material between the wood and the soil.
How Pest Control Solutions Can Help
There's no better way to deal with termites than to get help from the pros. Regardless of how determined you are to rid your home of these pint-size pests, their ability to survive in even the toughest conditions makes them very difficult to eliminate. At Pest Control Solutions, we have years of experience finding and eliminating termites in the safest and most efficient manner possible.
We inspect your home thoroughly to find existing nests or trouble spots that could attract termites in the future. We then apply the industry's safest and most effective methods to get rid of your termite problem for good. Schedule your free inspection today or contact us at 702-479-5476 with pest-related questions. We're here to help!