They travel in massive numbers, these ferocious creatures who march through forests, cities, farms, without any concern for others, destroying everything in their paths—or so it seems. Unfortunately, termite season is upon us. Termite swarms can be terrifying for home owners in Baton Rouge and all throughout the south, as termites can eat away the structure of a home and cause tremendous damage before they are even noticed. A termite swarm occurs when, under favorable conditions (typically during the springtime after rain), groups of termites known as alates emerge from underground to find a mate. Thousands of males and females from every colony fly around until a suitable mate is found to start a new colony. Fortunately, not many alates survive to reproduce because they are eaten by predators or die of natural causes.
Occasionally, some termites may find a way into your home. Though the chance of these termites reproducing inside of your home is slim, it is important to contact a pest control company as soon as signs of a termite infestation are noticed. In the meantime, vacuuming all carpets in your home frequently is important. This can rid your carpet of dead termites, as well as destroy any possible unhatched eggs. Some factors that may make your home a more suitable target for termites are the presence of mulch around your yard, trees around your home, or wood in or around your home that has any sort of water damage. Spring and early summer are prime times for termite swarms, so keep an eye on the situation.
If you notice signs of a termite infestation in the structure or the inside of your home, do not hesitate to call for help because a termite infestation could be a dangerous and expensive problem to solve.