Imagine walking outside and being engulfed by a swarm of winged insects emerging from dead wood, cracks in your home or the ground. While this may seem like the opening scene of a modern horror movie, this could be a reality for many Oklahomans in the upcoming months. Termite swarms are coming soon and if you haven’t taken the appropriate steps needed to protect your home or business, you could be the target of their next feast.
Before you can take action against termite swarms, it’s important to ensure that you know the signs of a termite colony to determine if your property is at risk. Early detection can help ensure that you have the appropriate safeguards in place whenever termite swarms begin to emerge and can help limit the chances of them finding there way inside of your home to start a new colony. In this article, we will look at some of the common signs of termite infestation to help determine if you are at risk in the upcoming spring months.
Flying Insect Clusters
While clusters of flying insects aren’t always termite swarmers, it is important to treat them as if they are. Unlike swarms of gnats, termites will often be incredibly visible following a period of rain. Unfortunately, a termite swarm is a tell-tale sign that you have termites on or around your property already. So, if you see them, you might want to consider getting a termite inspection to find and eliminate them before too much damage has been done.
The presence of discarded wings around windowsills or doors can mean that termites may have already swarmed on your property and found their way into your homes. As these termite alates mate, they will discard their wings and begin establishing a new colony. This means that if you find discarded wings, the termite colony will likely begin being formed close to that location. If you have cracks in your home or foundation, this could become a much larger problem quickly.
As subterranean termites forage for new food sources, they will often construct mud tubes from the soil to a home to protect them from both moisture loss and exposure to the sun or predators. While these tubes are not directly related to termite alates, their presence could mean that swarmers could be nearby. If spotted, you may consider breaking them with a pencil to see if they are reformed within a few days. If so, this means that they are still active tubes and termites are still using them.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.