Insects become more active when the weather warms up and termites are no exception. Termites are common in Texas and are one of the worst pests that can invade your property. They can cause significant structural damage to your home. Texas termite swarming season is here, so homeowners should be on the lookout for these destructive pests.

 

Termites stealthily can find their way into buildings like your house. They can invade and grow their colony substantially in a relatively short amount of time. Termites eat away at the structure of your home, causing all kinds of issues that are expensive and time-consuming to repair. So,  it is vital to have termite protection, so you can eliminate a current termite infestation in your home, or prevent an infestation in the future. While Americans could encounter any one of the 40+ species of termites, depending on where in the US they live, the main species of concern for Texans include subterranean, drywood, and dampwood termites.

 

WHAT IS TERMITE SWARMING SEASON IN TEXAS?

Generally, termites thrive in warm, moist environments. In Texas, they tend to swarm on a spring humid day; it is common to see flying termites swarming after spring rains. You may see them flying or covering the ground near nesting locations. The swarming habits of the most common species in Texas can vary, but not the conditions in which they are most active. Swarming occurs when termite colonies spawn reproductive termites that have wings. These winged termites are the swarmers; they leave the colony to establish new colonies nearby.

 

TERMITES VS. WINGED ANTS IN YOUR HOME

Termites are often mistaken for winged ants in Texas, especially during termite swarming season in the spring; but they are different. A termite’s body differs from that of a winged ant–it has a broader body unlike an ant that has a pinched waist–and has straight antennae rather than the bent ones ants have. Termite wings are different as well: they have four wings that are equal in length while ants have front wings that are longer than their back wings. Because it is not easy to visually identify which of these insects have descended upon your property, calling in professional pest control experts is the best step to take.

If you have noticed an increase in swarming insects around your home, don’t ignore them; your home could be infested already. Sometimes, a termite infestation will go undetected for months, and damage could already be serious. Find a professional pest management company like Austin, Texas-based Absolute Pest Management. They know how to treat swarming termites and eradicate them for good–they have the training to identify and treat termite problems with the most advanced and effective termite defense products available, to stop the infestation in its tracks and prevent future termite issues. For any issues regarding pest control, pest extermination, or pest management, contact Absolute Pest Management online or by phone at 512-444-0262 to learn more about the services they offer, and for a free pest control quote.