Late spring and summer is insect swarming season and we receive a lot of calls about flying ant invasions often mistaken for termites. Stay ahead of the swarm this year by knowing the difference between flying termites and flying ants. One is simply a nuisance, and the other is a much bigger problem.
What exactly is swarming season?
Swarming season occurs when winged male and female termites, called swarmers, fly from their colonies to start new colonies. After landing, they shed their wings and pair with a mate to look for a suitable location to begin a new colony as its king and queen.
When daytime temperatures begin to warm up and rain becomes more frequent, swarmer termites emerge from the colony and look for new places to nest. For many homeowners, the first obvious sign of a termite infestation is a swarm because they are above ground; however, most of the time, termites are lurking underground out of sight.
At first glance, it’s hard to distinguish between flying ants and termites, so here’s what you need to know:
Termites have straight antennae, while ants have elbowed antennae.
Termites have thick, straight waists, while ants have a pinched waist with three distinct body segments.
Termites have two pairs of wings that are equal in length, while ants have one pair of wings that is long and another pair that is shorter.
Even if you discover your invaders are flying ants, don’t make the mistake of thinking your home isn’t at risk. It can take months or even years for termite activity to become evident.
As a homeowner, the best thing you can do is take all necessary preventative measures to reduce the risk of termite infestation.
Subterranean termites are the most widespread and persistent termite found in Florida. At Patrick Exterminating, we have utilized the Sentricon Colony Elimination System since 1995 to prevent termite intrusion. This proven baiting and monitoring system offers year-round termite protection and is the only termite prevention product to earn the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for environmental safety. We monitor each Sentricon bait station on a regular basis to determine if there is termite activity around your home. These stations are designed to detect and destroy the colony, effectively creating a permanent termite barrier around your home.
For customers who require a liquid treatment, Patrick Exterminating is an authorized Termidor applicator. Liquid barriers have been utilized by the pest control industry since the beginning of the industry and we recognize it as an effective option if requested, or if the situation demands. Termidor is the top choice among liquid termite treatments and we are highly experienced in its application.
If you find a suspicious insect wing and/or body, save the specimen and give us a call so we can positively identify the species of the intruder. Knowing what pests you’re dealing with this swarming season is a good start toward keeping your home safe.
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