Dallas Fort Worth Termite Swarming Outlook For 2018
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center indicates the Dallas Fort Worth area will experience above average rainfall this spring, unfortunately this also indicates a heavy termite swarming season. Termite swarmers are the reproductive colony members and they usually swarm after a spring rain(s). Termites are very beneficial to the ecosystem, but extremely damaging to homes in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Termite Colonies Common To Dallas Fort Worth
Termite colonies are actually quite fascinating; they are social insects that live within the soil and are a common to Dallas Fort Worth. Termite swarmers are the primary reproductives, they have wings and fly short distances to start new termite colonies. Once the male and female termites land, they shed their wings, reproduce, and are now considered king and queen. Termite workers do all the work in the colony (hence the name), these termites chew through wood and are responsible for termite damage in Dallas Fort Worth. Workers feed all the other colony members. Soldier termites protect the colony from invaders (other insects mostly).
Interesting Termite Facts In Dallas Fort Worth
– The majority of new termite colonies are formed by swarmers.
– A queen termite can live for more than 25 years and lay thousands of eggs per day.
– Termite soldiers cannot eat on their own; worker termites feed them.
Dallas Fort Worth Home Termite Damage
Home termite damage is an unfortunate reality for some residents in Dallas Fort Worth. Termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year! A mature sized termite colony can eat almost 22 linear feet of wood from a 2×4 per year.
It’s important for a homeowner to know how to properly identify clues of possible termite infestations, especially being able to identify current termite damage. Let’s start with a simple inspection. If you notice thin points in your drywall or something in the wall that doesn’t look right, tap a screwdriver to the area. If the tapping sounds hollow, it’s a good indication there’s termite damage inside wall. Termites that have found their way into a home usually travel using a mud tube that you’ll notice along the outside foundation of your home. If you notice mud tubes along the outside of your home, don’t disturb it, contact us now so we can access any possible termite damage.
I live in Dallas Fort Worth, am I seeing flying ants or termite swarmers?
Ants flying and termite swarmers are natural occurrences in Dallas Fort Worth, here are some tips to differentiate the two. Both species use swarmers (flyers) to spread their colony, but there are some distinctions that can help you identify the two. Termite swarmers will have two main body parts (head & body), Flying ants on the other hand have three distinctive body parts (head, abdomen, and thorax). If a homeowner notices any termite swarming activity near their home, it’s important to call Alamo Termite & Pest Control for an inspection 817-760-0284. We recommend placing a termite swarmer treatment barrier that will shield the home from termite infestation.
For information on how Alamo Termite & Pest Control treats termite issues, check this link out. Give us a call now 817-760-0284, it can’t hurt to have a free professional termite inspection. If you notice any termite swarmers in you neighborhood, it’s important to contact us so Alamo can determine if a termite swarmer is starting a new colony in your home.
Check out these termite swarmers from a home in Irving Texas: