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Termite Swarmers in August?

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You might have heard people talking about how bad the termite swarmers are going to be this year. Well, due to the climate and temperatures, termites can actually continue to swarm late into the summer months of August and September in South Carolina which could present a major problem for the homeowners in this area!

So, what are termite swarmers?

Termites live in colonies and at certain times of the year, these colonies produce a group of members called swarmers. These swarmers are winged termites that leave their underground nests to mate and establish their own colonies. These termites typically swarm during the daytime which is helpful as it gives us an indication that termites are active and moving around our properties and homes. Additionally, if you are seeing these swarmers inside your home, then you may have a serious termite infestation in your home that you were unaware of. If this is the case, you will need to seek professional help right away!

Many of the indoor swarmers will die off within a short period of time, but the ones that survive will start a brand new colony that will then reproduce to create more members. This will result in more termite activity inside your home that can lead to significant and costly damages to the wood of your home.

These swarmers might be your first indication that you have a termite infestation. They look very similar to flying ants, but there are a few differences between the two. Unlike flying ants, termite swarmers have straight waists, straight antennae, and small bodies with long wings. When these termite swarmers find a perfect place to settle down, they will discard their wings. You may find these discarded wings on windowsills or in other areas both inside and outside your home.

Termites can eat away at the wood inside your home for weeks, months, or even years without your knowledge, which is why they are often referred to as “silent destroyers”. They will work all day and all night in order to supply food for their colonies. In the United States, termites are responsible for an estimated $5 billion dollars in damages each year!

The best course of action when dealing with potential termite infestations is to protect your home and property with Aiken’s termite control solutions! We utilize the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ in order to eliminate all termites invading your property and prevent their return. You can trust our highly-trained, knowledgeable professionals! Give us a call at Aiken Pest Control today for more information about our termite control solutions.

 

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