How Termite Season Affects Alexander City Residents
April 15, 2020 - Termites
Some say that this is the beginning of termite season, but termites damage property in Alexander City all year long. So why do some consider this the beginning of termite season? Because termites are more active in warm temperatures. Heat and moisture give the body of a termite worker everything it needs to move like a well-oiled machine. As we head out of spring into summer, termites will become even more of a threat to your home. Today, we're talking about how termites spread and how you can protect your property when they do.
In spring, mature termite nests release female and male winged termites. We call these swarmers because they swarm together as they select their mates. Once this is accomplished, the pairs look for suitable locations to establish nests. If they choose your yard, your home could be at risk. Here are a few things you should know about swarmers:
- They are black insects with long white wings.
- They are about 3/8 of an inch in length.
- Their white wings are stacked on top of each other and rounded at the tips.
- They don't stay in a swarm for more than about thirty minutes.
- They don't travel far in a swarm.
- They don't eat wood.
- When they come into your yard, they will tunnel into the ground to create a nest.
- When they come into your yard to start a nest, they are likely to be few in number.
- If you see dozen, hundreds, or thousands of swarmers, it is a warning sign that you have a current and mature nest on or near your property.
Another way termites might come into your yard and present a threat to your home is not quite so obvious as a bunch of white-winged swarmers crawling around on the outside of your home. Workers can tunnel into your yard. The distance a termite will travel to find food is a far as three hundred feet. That is the length of a football field. If a food source is found, a satellite nest may be established near it. If workers create a satellite nest in the soil near your foundation wall, you have a serious problem. Here are a few things you should know about workers:
- They are pale and have no wings.
- You're not likely to ever see one.
- They have a strong aversion to light.
- They avoid dry air.
- They might build shelter tubes on your foundation walls and other hard surfaces.
- Shelter tubes are most often created in dark locations, such as voids under external structures.
- They eat wood.
- They are simple organisms that don't need sleep.
- They never stop.
How Do You Prevent The Spread Of Termites?
There are a few things you can do to catch termites before they damage your property. Keep in mind that these warning signs are subtle.
- You might see a swarmer or two, but don't count on it. You're more likely to see the wings that swarmers shed before they disappear into the ground. These wings are tiny, white, and equal in size. If you see lots of wings, it is the same as seeing lots of swarmers. You have a mature nest on or near your property. If you find a small number of wings, you might be catching an infestation early.
- You might see shelter tubes. You'll need to look for these in dark locations around or under your home.
- You might see workers. If you cut into a stump, log, or tree that has heart rot, you could see workers. You may also see them during a home renovation project.
How To Prevent Termite Damage In Alexander City
When termites come into your yard and present a threat to your home, you probably won't know it. But you don't have to. At Top Gun Pest Control, we offer several options for termite control in Alexander City that are all backed by our termite warranty. Reach out to us today and let us guide you toward the right solution for your home and budget.