There are are some creatures that seem like they shouldn’t have the ability to fly. For example: termites. Once a year, these pests take to the skies to look for new areas to build colonies. To help you understand why termites are swarming around your Monmouth County property, here are a few things you should know.
What Are Swarmers?
The most common species of termites in our area are subterranean termites. These invasive pests spend the majority of their lives underground or inside a structure of wood. In fact, workers and soldiers are not designed to spend any amount of time above ground and will dry out and die if they try. Reproductive termites are a bit different. As colonies become fully mature, they start producing what are called “swarmers.” These winged reproductive termites buzz out from their colonies with the goal of establishing new nests, usually nearby.
Factors That Encourage Termites Swarmers To Build
Termite swarmers are particular about where they build their nests. They know exactly what is needed for a colony to survive and thrive in any given area. Specifically, these pests look for areas rich with sources of wood and other items that contain high amounts of cellulose. Some things that will encourage swarmers to choose your property include fallen trees outside, dead stumps, uncovered firewood, untreated lumber, wet cardboard, newspaper, wood-based mulch, sticks, leaf piles, and structural wood that has been negatively affected by rot, decay, or water damage.
When Do Termites Swarm?
A termite colony does not start to swarm immediately after becoming mature. In fact, there is typically a certain time of year when colonies start producing swarmers. Subterranean termites most often swarm in the spring months during the day. Drywood termites, on the other hand, swarm during late summer or early fall.
What Seeing Swarmers Means For Your Home
Where you see swarmers around your property is a big indication of your home’s current risk. If you find these pests on your home’s exterior or outside windows and doors looking for ways to get inside, all it means is that your property is being evaluated. This could lead to a future infestation but is not necessarily a catastrophic sign. When you’re finding swarmers inside in large numbers, however, you have a problem, as the only place way these pests could have gotten inside is through holes tunneled into your home’s wood by a pre-existing colony.
Ways To Deter Swarmers From Your Property
When swarmers come onto your property, your hope should be that they take a look around and then decide to keep moving. To make your home and yard less attractive to these pests try these simple prevention strategies:
- Address moisture problems.
- Avoid using wood-based mulch around your home’s exterior.
- Make sure there is a non-wood barrier between exterior soil and the wood of your home.
- Fix cracks and gaps around your home’s exterior foundation by filling them in with a caulking gun.
- Address problems with window/door screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping.
To ensure swarmers stay away from your home, hire the experts at Pride Pest Service. Our team will install comprehensive termite control measures around your property designed to identify, deter, and eliminate these pests before they can think about causing damage to your home.
Call us now to learn more about our effective termite control services in Monmouth County, NJ and schedule your property for a service visit.