What You Should Know If You Spot Termite Swarmers Around Your San Diego Home

How To Identify A Termite Swarmer

a swarm of termites on the ground

Termites cost U.S. property owners more than $5 billion annually. One of the most visible signs of a termite problem is the appearance of termite swarmers. So, it makes sense to learn how to identify these winged termites and what it means when you find flying termites around your property. Join us as we look at termite swarmer identification, termite prevention, and termite control in San Diego. If you need immediate assistance with a termite problem or pest control in San Diego, keep in mind that you can reach out to us through our contact page. We're always standing by to help.

Termite swarmers are reddish or black, depending on the species. The wings of a termite swarmer are stacked on top of each other and stick out quite a bit past the end of the abdomen. While only around ⅜ of an inch long, swarmers are quite noticeable due to the fact that their wings stack. In a stack, the four transparent wings appear more opaque. They're also rounded at the ends, which give the wings a stretched out teardrop shape. No other insects in your yard have wings shaped like this.

While a single swarmer is noticeable, swarmers are even more noticeable when they are in a swarm. You won't need to rely on termite identification when you find a termite swarm in your house. You'll be on the phone with San Diego pest control faster than someone can say, "Are those termites?" Unfortunately, swarms don't last long and swarmers can shed their wings and disappear into cracks and crevices before you see them all gathered together.

What It Means If You Spot Termite Swarmers Around Your Home

If you find termite swarmers in your home, no one needs to tell you that you have a termite problem, but what does it mean when you see them around your home? While exterior sightings of termite swarmers doesn't necessarily mean you have a termite problem, it's not a good sign. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Termite swarmers don't travel far. Their job is to mate and create new nests. They're not looking to take a journey. You may easily conclude that swarmers in your yard are an indication of a nearby nest.
  • Subterranean termite workers can travel as far as the length of a football field to acquire food. If you're finding swarmers in your yard, it is possible that worker termites are already feeding on wood in your yard.
  • Drywood termite swarmers may not indicate a current infestation. It is possible to have these termites enter your yard from a nearby property, but it is possible that they came from a nest within a structure on your property.

Swarmers around your home do not prove that you have active termites in your yard or in your home, but they're not a good sign. We recommend getting a professional termite inspection just in case there is trouble afoot.

How To Make Your Home Less Attractive To Termites

At this point, you might be wondering how you can make your home less attractive to swarmers that are passing through your yard or moving along the outskirts of your yard. Termite swarmers don't live long if they can't find a place to establish a viable nest. Subterranean termites and dampwood termites look for moist soil and humid conditions. These are often found in landscaping. Drywood termites look for gaps, cracks, and holes. 

  • Clean gutters and make repairs to your gutter system to reduce perimeter moisture.
  • Remove leaves, sticks, and other organic debris.
  • Remove sources of rotting wood in your yard.
  • Use a caulking gun to seal potential entry points in your exterior.

When you take steps to make your yard less inviting to termites, it can help to prevent termite activity and guard your property against termite damage. But, as you can probably imagine, this won't give you total control of termites.

The Secret To Total Termite Control For Your Home

Total termite control is control that not only guards your property against termite damage but also provides a warranty that covers any termite damage should it occur. At Habitat Protection Inc., we offer a range of solutions, some of which include termite damage warranties. We can guide you toward the right termite control solution for your specific needs and budget. Our service team provides a trench and treat option, bait station installation, borate treatments, pre-construction treatments, and more. If termites have already damaged your home, we offer fumigations and provide termite damage repair to get you back on track. Reach out to us today to schedule a visit from one of our service providers. We're here to help.

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