Termite season is in full swing! If you’ve spotted a few termite swarms near your home this season, you’re probably concerned about a colony making its way into your home. Termite swarms are everywhere in Southern Louisiana during the summer and spring months.
Every swarm isn’t an indication of an infestation though. So, when should you be concerned about swarms in your neighborhood?
Check out our guide below to understand termite swarming behavior and when to be concerned.
Why Do Termites Swarm
Termites swarm when there is a mature colony nearby. Swarmers from these colonies are the new reproductive members of their group. Their job is to head out in search of new colonies to partner with. Pairing up with other colonies can make them stronger and help them find food faster. Termite colonies are most visible during swarms, which leads many of us to panic. Mature colonies are extremely common during termite season and are always on the lookout for other termites to pair up with.
What Does a Swarm Mean for You?
A termite swarm near your house doesn’t always indicate an infestation on your property. These swarms could be coming from neighboring properties, trees, wood piles or any other traditional termite food sources. Though, swarms indoors are a cause for concern.
Indoor swarms indicate internal termite activity and should be reported to your local pest control company immediately. Termites swarming indoors will fly around for about half an hour near any available light source. They’ll die from dehydration within a few hours. So, if you return home to find dead termites you probably have an infestation on your hands.
What Should I Do Next?
Whether you’ve spotted swarms indoors or outdoors, you should call your local pest control company. Colonies are constantly on the hunt for new food sources during termite season, and you don’t want your home to be next.
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