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.