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When Do Termite Swarmers Lose Their Wings

swarming termites up close

When it comes to protecting our homes from destruction, we will often do everything we can to prevent any kind of trouble. We replace broken windows and deteriorating shutters, we cut down any trees that could fall; we do our best to protect our home from outside forces. But what about those unseen forces? There are other threats apart from harsh seasonal effects or natural disasters that can still cause extreme damage. Termites are one of those threats. It is estimated that termites cause over five billion dollars worth of damage each year in the United States alone. Termites are avid food foragers and their choice of meal is water-damaged wood. They will hollow this wood out, weakening the entire structure of your home. Termites can go unnoticed for long periods of time because they reside primarily underground. However, in the coming months, you may notice termite swarmers, which could be a critical sign that your property may be a termite colony's new home.

Swarmers, or winged termites, are the reproductive members of the colony. They are usually 1/2 inch long, are all black, and have two equally sized pairs of wings. With the coming of warmer weather, they will be setting out to start new colonies. They are in search of a nice place (preferably with water damaged wood) to call their new home. It’s important to note that when swarmers do find the perfect place to settle down, they will lose their wings. So, if you start noticing these swarming termites in or around your home, or if you are seeing discarded wings, you should be concerned. Though they are small, they have the potential to cause just as much damage as a fallen tree does. So what can you do to make sure your home is protected?

In the case of a termite infestation, do-it-yourself solutions rarely work. The only way to truly protect your home from termite damage is to call in the professionals. The best option in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut is to call Big Blue Bug Solutions at the first sight of swarmers, or if you notice any other signs of termites such as mud tubes along the foundation of your home or any unexplained wood damage. Our termite control process is highly effective. It includes a thorough inspection of your home by our highly trained pest control technicians. After accurately identifying the termites, they will use a safe treatment system that will be injected into the soil around your home. The treatment targets where termites are coming from and the result is complete elimination. A technician will also provide you with recommendations on how to make your home less attractive to termites. Also included is our one-year termite warranty that can be renewed annually. Why only protect your home from the “big” threats and not the “little” ones? If peace of mind is what you are looking for, Big Blue Bug Solutions can provide it. Give us a call to learn more today.