April

13

2012

 
denver termite identification

If you notice a termite swarm in your home, you don't have to panic, but it is time to take action and call EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions today!

Each spring there is an alarming and yet pretty amazing show put on by termites in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Did you know that the reproductive male and female termites have wings and each year they take flight outside of the colony in order to find a mate and stat a new colony? If you have not seen this massive swarm of flying termites you are probably better off because these swarms signify that there is a termite colony nearby. Although it can take years for a new colony to form from the mates, it must not be ignored. From the experts in termite control at EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions, here are some important points on swarming termites so you are prepared next time you spot a swarm in Colorado.

  • Swarming termites are harmless to you and to your home’s structures. Unlike their worker friends, the flying termites do not have the same mouthpieces that destroy wood.

  • These guys are commonly confused with flying ants but there are distinctive differences. Flying termites have broad bodies, two sets of wings even in length, and straight, beaded antenna. Flying ants have a pinched body like an hourglass, two sets of wings that are not equal in length, and their antenna are elbowed.

  • There could be thousands of swarming termites so do not be alarmed by the masses. It is best to wait until the swarm is over before trying to do anything.

  • After a few minutes in flight, when the termites find their mate they will lose their wings. These wings are a telltale sign of an infestation nearby if you happen to miss the actual swarm.

  • If the swarm takes place inside your home, it is ok to go ahead and vacuum up the wings once they have fallen off. But try to mark the areas where the termites were emerging with tape to help identify the source of the termite colony.

  • Even if the swarm is happening on your property does not mean that the termite colony is on your property. They could have easily flown over from the neighbor’s house so the swarm does not always mean that you are the one with the termite infestation.

  • Most importantly, contact your local CO pest control company at the first signs of a termite swarm as you do not want to risk the large scale structural damage that could be caused by an infestation.

For anyone who is living in the Denver and Boulder metro areas of Colorado, if you happen to spot a termite swarm this spring, contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions! With the Home Smart Pest Prevention Program you can rest easy knowing that termites as well as other pests threatening your home will not be successful. Even if you haven’t seen a swarm of flying termites, you want to have your home inspected. Termites are not an easy thing to catch until it is too late and the damage has been done.