Get your swarm on: A look at Termite Swarms



As termite season approaches rapidly for us we thought a discussion on termite swarms might be appropriate.  You will found out how termite swarms work, what impacts them and what they actually mean to a homeowner.

When a termite colony is mature somewhere about 4 to 5 years old it will produce a termite swarm.  Alates (kings and queens to be) are sent out from the nest to meet and mate and form new colonies.  Survival! 

Termite swarmers need adequate food and warm temperatures, the right amount of moisture and longer days to survive.  Winter months are not warm enough and the days to short for swarms.   Within a few weeks after the alates mate, the female will lay her first egg cluster to start a new colony.

Although termite swarmers usually swarm much earlier than ants we will give you a few pointers of telling them apart and of course we have some more information on our website and images to help you ID your pest.

Winged Termite

Ants, have elbowed antennae (bent) and termites will be straight.  Ants will have a narrow waistline, termites will have a broad waistline.  Termites have 2 pairs of wings but they are of equal length whereas the ant will have 2 pair with the front wings much longer than the rear.

Subterranean Termite

Subterranean Termite

Termites from an inside swarm will not reinfest the structure or its contents, so good to hear right.  And even if you have treated a few weeks earlier you may still have swarming termites, because they will not have been effected by the treatment, you do not need to retreat.

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Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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