How to Prevent Termite Swarms

Over the last few weeks, Louisiana and Florida have experience an influx of uninvited guests. Termite Swarms are back and they aren’t going away without a fight. Florida’s subtropical hot, humid, and moist weather is conducive to the life of termites. In Louisiana, peak swarming season is from May to June, so the Pelican State is now in the thick of it.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage every year. The good news is that consumers can protect their properties from termite damage through prevention and treatment.

What you can do to prevent your home from termites

  • Turn off outdoor lights at night during the summer to avoid attracting swarmers. If possible, replace white security lights with yellow or purple bulbs to avoid attracting flying insects.
  • Remove all wood, cardboard, and tree stumps from around your home.
  • Keep mulch around 8 to 12 inches from the foundation or perimeter of your home.
  • Fix outdoor faucets that might be dripping and repair leaks in the roof or pipes. To reduce moisture, keep water sprinklers from splashing homes and wooden fences.

Termites infest wooden construction elements found in the home such as baseboards, door frames, and posts. Mature termite colonies will produce winged reproductive termites that will fly off from the colony in great numbers. This is nature’s way of termites spreading and establishing new colonies.

How long do termite swarms last?

A termite swarm will last about 30-40 minutes and the swarming termites will fly toward a light source. They usually collect around windows and sliding glass doors. If they can’t find soil, they will die in a few hours from dehydration. If you’re not home when a swarm occurs you will most likely find many dead swarmers (sometimes only their wings) on windowsills, counter tops, around furniture, or any other areas near a light source. This is the aftermath of a termite swarm.

When it comes to DIY pesticide applications, they are not as effective as you might think. You will need professional pest control services that specialize in termite control. Safeguarding your residence against termites begins with a thorough examination conducted by a pest control expert, succeeded by an appropriate course of action tailored to your specific circumstances. Since subterranean termites rely on cellulose and moisture for sustenance, homeowners can prevent potential harm by restricting access to these essential resources.

In conclusion, when termites swarm, it is common for a homeowner to panic. Termite swarms are a concerning indication of potential infestation, but they can be managed with the right approach. By understanding the behavior of termites, identifying swarms accurately, and taking proactive measures, you can protect your home from the damaging effects of these persistent pests.

A preventive termite treatment will protect your home from invading swarmers that are trying to establish a colony. Schedule your Free Termite Inspection with Massey Services and come away with peace of mind. Our termite guarantee is one of the most comprehensive programs in the industry.