Termite season is upon us in the Central Florida area. As the weather warms up between March and April, subterranean termites are prone to swarm, particularly after a rain event. Typically, a termite swarm occurs when environmental conditions trigger winged termites to simultaneously fly from their nest to mate and locate to a new nest site and food source.
When you’re looking out for termite swarmers look for winged termites, these pests are easily mistaken for flying ants. A termite swarm is usually neither aggressive or a tightly formed swarm. Termite swarmers have no biting or chewing mouthparts and do not cause any damage to your home. Their goal is to start a new colony in and around your home, which in turn can cause future termite damage.
If the insect swarm stops or appears to leave the area, don’t assume the problem is gone. Even though the swarming behavior may be short-lived, the termite colony will continue to feed on wood in your home’s structure all year, regardless of outdoor temperatures.
A termite swarm is not an “if” situation but a “when” in Florida. In fact, you could have a hidden termite infestation in your home for several years before it’s discovered, causing thousands of dollars in damages. This is not a risk a homeowner can afford to take. Keep your home protected and maintained by a reputable termite company that has the right experience, like our professionals here at Drake Pest Control.