Swarmers may appear within a home leaving their wings behind. Homeowners should contact their Pest Management professional to control the swarmers so they’re not a nuisance and thoroughly inspect the structure to check for infestation. In most cases, though, vacuuming the dead swarmers is all that is needed.
The presence of many swarmers(hundreds) in an untreated structure indicates a termite infestation. In some cases, though, the presence of a few swarmers, or only their wings around windows and doors, etc., may not necessarily mean that the structure is infested. It may simply indicate the presence of an outdoor colony near the structure; swarmers are attracted to a structure’s lights. What’s more, even heavy swarms outside and near a building may not indicate an infestation at all. But in all of these cases, it’s prudent to have a professional thoroughly inspect the structure.
Termites live in the soil and they eat wood. It makes sense they prefer to feed on wood touching or buried in the soil. Studies have shown more than 90% of termite infestations in houses can be traced to wood that is either buried in the soil or touching the soil surface. Elimination of wood/soil contact is the number one action people can take to make their home less likely to be infested by termites.
In nature, termites feed on dead tree roots. If you have lost a tree or shrub near the house, you may want to dig the roots out, rather than letting the natural decomposition process take its course.
Because termites need moisture, moisture problems near the foundation can increase the attractiveness of these areas to termites. Take a look around your house and make sure water drains away from the foundation. Now is a good time to clean-out gutters and downspouts and repair or replace those that leak.
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