Alates, commonly referred to as swarmers, are the termite colony's way of branching out and starting new colonies every year. Luckily, only a small minority of the swarmers actually start a new colony, Unluckily, those colonies grow over years to become enormous with the termite populations numbering in the millions. The number of termites per colony is one key contributor to why the Formosan termite species causes more damage so quickly when compared to our native termites.
what to do if you have swarmers in your home?
First and foremost, If you have termites swarming your home, call GreenSeasons or your termite company of choice to inspect your home. While having a large swarm of termites in your home is unpleasant, it does not necessarily mean you have termites actively damaging your wood. These termites can travel from their originally colony which could be in a tree or some firewood. If this is a recurring event every year for you and others in your neighborhood, you or someone near you probably has an infestation.
If you find pairs of wings and no termites, that means some termites may have paired up and will be starting a colony close by. It will take two pairing termites up to ten years to build up enough workers to cause real damage. Unlike our domestic termite which colonized underground, Formosan termites can start a colony in the wood in your home if they have 2 things: wood and water. Termites need wood and water to live. While your stuck with wood, you can stop the water. Make sure to thoroughly inspect your home, especially in that area for water leaks, drips or condensation buildup. We recommend having a licensed professional inspect your home at least annually for termites.
HIGH PROBABILITY OF TERMITES
There are two types of homes in southern Louisiana: homes with previous termite damage and homes that will have termite damage. The average termite colony can eat about 2.3 linear feet of wood per year.and sometimes go years without detection. In the worst case scenario, if it is an average sized Formosa termite colony, it could eat that much in a week.
The unfortunate reality is termite infestations are inevitable without treatment. If you do not currently have a termite contract on your home, even if you have never had termites before, you should make it a priority to secure one.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?
Following the advise below can reduce your exposure to termite infestation in your home.
WHAT TO DO IF I FIND TERMITES?
Unfortunately, home treatment is not really a viable option. There are just too many areas that an untrained home owner may miss. This would leave your home open to more damage. If you are under contract with a pest control company, you should call them immediately. If you are not under a termite contract, you will need to call a pest control company in your area as soon as possible.