Spring is rapidly approaching and bringing with it a host of pest issues! One of the most concerning pests for the Southern region is termites: the most dreaded house guest of them all. After a warm and wet winter, we are preparing for an influx of termite activity early this Spring.
Termites are social insects that live in a nest or colony which contains three castes: reproductives, workers, and soldiers. One form of a reproductive is a swarmer, the winged adults that fly away to form their own colony. These swarmers are often confused with flying ants, but there are a few distinct differences that you can use to identify them. Swarming termites have straight antennae, a broad waist, and wings equal in size. In contrast, flying ants have elbowed antennae, a jointed waist, and unequal wings.
If you find these swarmers in your home, it is likely an indication that there is a colony nearby. Often times, you may find the dead swarmers or just the wings near a source of light, such as a window sill. Snap a photo of the insect or wings and send to firstname.lastname@example.org to have an expert at American Pest Control identify them for you. American Pest Control provides free estimates for your peace of mind!