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    Swarmer Termites

    swarmer termites

    Swarmer Termites produce the offspring that assist in colony growth.

    Swarmer Termite Treatments include the following:

    Swarmer Termite Fumigation

    Swarmer Termite Local Treatments

    Swarmer Termite Repair Service



    It's spring, and that means the renewal of life. Unfortunately, that includes some life we don't want in our homes. Swarmering termites are on the move, looking to establish new family colonies.

    Differences between swarmer termites and flying ants:

    swarmer termites flying ants

    What exactly are swarmer termites? They're members of an established Dampwood, Drywood or Subterannean termite colony that leaves the nest to start new colonies. These swarmers are also called winged reproductives or alates, and are mature termites that are three or four years old. They don't fly very well, but gusty winds can carry them quite a distance from their original colony.

    In California Subterranean Termite swarming activity usually takes place during the months of December through May, a bright, sunny, warm day that follows rain or damp humid conditions is optimum for their reproducing. Drywood and Dampwood termites tend to swarm when humidity and heat levels are high during the months of August through December.  If an established colony is located inside a structure the mere presence of heat can be enough to initialize the reproductive process and swarmers could be released from a stable and mature colony to begin the stages of yet another infestation.

    How do swarmers establish a new colony? A male swarmer “Drone” and a female swarmer “Gynes” mate, and can live together for 20 years. During this time the female can produce 100 million eggs. These eggs “Larve or Nymphal” can then grow into 1 of 3 caste members, reproductives, worker or soldier termites.

    What do swarmers look like? Swarming termites vary in size from Dampwood 25mm, Drywood 12mm and Subterannean 6mm. Swarming termites are regularly mistaken for flying ants but are quite different when you know what to look for. A swarming termite has a straight brown body that is shaped like a bullet. If you look closely, you can tell the termite swarmers from winged ants, because winged ants have thin waists, bent antennas and wings that are two different sizes.

    What should you do if you see swarmers? DON’T FREAK OUT, pick up the phone and call the termite professionals at 1-888-299-7189. Swarming termites do not bite or sting, they do not carry disease, they do not fly at night so you can sleep well knowing that once you’ve made an appointment with Professional Pretreat and Termite Corp your termite problems are near the end.

    Termites cause about 5 billion dollars in damage per year in the U.S. only, so termite control is something you don't want to defer or neglect. Swarmers can be a scary sight, but then they can also be thought of as a homeowner's early warning system. Professional Pretreat and Termite Control can and will take termites off your to do list and move them to the handled list.