What Phoenix Property Owners Should Know About Termite Swarmers

April 15, 2021

Did you know that termites in our area are taking to the skies? You heard us correctly. These wood-destroying pests are no longer just chewing their way through homes but now buzzing around properties as well. So what does this mean for your property? Are swarmers more destructive than regular termites? Do they require special treatment to get rid of? How long does it take termites to destroy a home? We are here to answer your questions and provide some practical ways to defend your property against these pests.

termite swarmers crawling in wood wall

What Are Swarmers?

Swarmers are not more destructive than regular termites; in fact, they hardly destroy properties at all. The main job of a swarmer is to locate new areas to build nests and reproduce. Unlike workers, soldiers, and typical reproductives, swarmers are born with wings. They use these flight appendages to buzz around up and to the point where they find a location to build. When this happens, they shed their wings and begin thinking about construction and reproduction. Identify a swarmer by its long, oval-shaped, almost translucent wings, white color, and ant-like body. 

Why Seeing Swarmers Inside Your Home Is Bad

Termite swarmers do not always come onto properties to evaluate homes. Sometimes preexisting colonies on properties produce these pests to build more nests nearby. You heard us correctly; termites do not mind sharing your home with other termite colonies. What does this all have to do with seeing swarmers inside your home? Well, there is only one easy way for these pests to get indoors through an open window, door, or through a hole created by worker termites. If the latter is true, seeing swarmers indoors means your home is already under attack. 

The Problems Termites Cause

Termites are not always easy to identify. One of the biggest problems with these pests is how hard they are to detect around properties. Subterranean termites, the most common species in our area, live underground or within a wood structure. The only acceptions are swarmers. The downside to not being able to identify these pests quickly is that they can often do considerable damage to structural wood. If this happens to your home, you could be facing thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Preventing Swarmers

If your home is not already having trouble with termites, it is essential to implement precautions to prevent these pests right away. Here are some helpful tips our experts suggest you try:

  • Eliminate sources of water build up around your property.

  • Inspect your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.

  • Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation using a caulking gun.

  • Avoid using wood-based mulch around your property. 

  • Remove organic and wood-based debris such as stick piles, cardboard, paper, and leaves from your property.

  • Repair wood around your home that is damaged by rot, water damage, or decay.

  • Use a dehumidifier indoors.

One Thing To Keep In Mind With Termites

Because termites are difficult to identify and tricky to prevent, we recommend investing in professional pest control. This is the only way to ensure your property is protected against these invasive and destructive insects. For high-quality termites control at an affordable price, trust the experts at Complete Pest Management. We will not only prevent and eliminate termites from your property but also track them to ensure problems do not arise. Contact our team today for more details about our services, and schedule your Phoenix property for a service visit.

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