Termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Termites can build their nests both above and below the ground, and they can easily gain access to your home and cause serious amounts of property damage. Termites are also very good at staying hidden, but the flying termite is one warning sign that you should not brush off. Flying termites are also called swarmers, and if you see a flying termite in your home, chances are good that you have a serious termite infestation on your hands.
Yes it is true; some termites can fly, but not all of them. Unlike bees and wasps, flying termites are not classified as flying insects. In fact, only a small group of termites within a colony can fly, and their flying abilities do not last for long. After a short time, flying termites will lose their wings.
Each termite colony is split into three different members. These three groups are known as soldiers, workers and alates. Out of these three types, only alates have the temporary ability to fly. These are the only types of termites that are fully developed sexually, and the alates eventually become the kings and queens of whichever colony that they find themselves a part of. The flight patterns of flying termites are referred to as “swarms”.
Termite swarms occur at the beginning of termite season. Swarms occur once per year, but it is not easy to know when to expect a swarm. The time when termite swarms occur varies from termite colony to termite colony, and each country has termites that begin their swarms at unrelated times.
Similar to moths, winged termites can be found circling light sources. Termites are not good fliers, and they usually rely on the wind to carry them about. This is why termite swarms do not last all that long. If you find a flying termite in your home, then you know the future queen or king is ready to rear the next generation. If you do spot one of these flying termites in your home, then do not hesitate to call your local pest control office.
Have you ever seen a flying termite? If you have, then what do they look like?
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