In the heat of the summer and during warm spring nights, subterranean termite swarms could be invading your home. The damage that is done to your home can be very costly, especially if the swarm indicates that there are other termites within your home’s structure and foundation. It is important to know how to locate termites, what they are drawn to, and signs of termite infestation damage.
How and why do termite swarms occur?
After a rainy night, a warm and humid day may bring the presence of a termite swarm. It happens almost instantly. One termite on the windowsill quickly multiplies to hundreds or thousands of termites, attracted to the light and warmth of the room. Termite swarms are made up of reproductive-aged termites that are searching for a mate, so they can return to the ground and start a new colony. These reproducing termites are harmless, but they are a nuisance and will most likely return again the following year if the home is left untreated. Most of the termites in the swarm will die when returning to the ground because they lose their wings. When a swarm occurs, it is imperative to investigate and determine if worker termites are present within the structure of your home, which can result in serious damage.
What are the signs of termite damage?
Since termites love wood and water, check the wooden doorframes, window frames, and structural foundation areas for damage. Floors, ceilings, and even wooden furniture are at risk for a termite infestation. Areas that appear to have water damage may be an indication of an infestation. Floors that look swollen, and a mildew scent may be the result of termite damage. Mud tubes are tunnels built by termites for passage areas into a home, so check around your foundation for these specific, insect-made tunnels.
Established colonies can continue to eat the wood in your home, which can lead to expensive repairs and extensive damage to your home. Locating problem areas and investigating the cause is the first step towards finding the termite colony and fixing the problem.
Immediate termite treatment is recommended if you see the following:
- Winged termites swarming around your home or inside of your home. Look for them near doorframes or windows, since they are drawn towards light sources.
- Mud tubes near windowsills, floors, and walls for termites to travel from the outside to the inside of your home.
- Dried soil areas that are right next to hollowed out areas of wood, such as baseboards.
Termites thrive in areas that contain wood, water (such as the moisture located underground) and light. Our trained specialists are knowledgeable in locating swarms and applying the right treatment to eliminate and efficiently control termite populations. We provide subterranean termite contracts and five and ten year treatment plans for Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Gaston, Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin and the surrounding areas.
Be on the lookout for signs of termite damage, and protect your home with a protective termite treatment plan from Carolina Pest Control. We offer free estimates and termite pest control inspections. For more information on termite swarms and how to prevent and treat them, please contact us at (803) 732-1869.