Here in Houston, pests are a year-round threat to our properties. As such, it is important for Houston property owners to be mindful of pests all year long. However, there are certain times of the year when some pests become even more active thus becoming bigger threats to us and our properties. For termites, they become most active during termite swarms. The time of year that termites are most likely to swarm is referred to as termite season. This season typically takes place in early spring and summer although termites have been known to swarm in fall, as well. If you aren’t prepared, termite swarms can spell disaster for your property. Therefore, it is important for you to know the steps you can take to make your property less susceptible to termite damage during swarms. Otherwise, you could find yourself dealing with extensive termite damage on your Houston property.
What Is A Termite Swarmer?
In order to understand what termite swarmers are, you need to know about how termite colonies are constructed. Termite colonies consist of three separate castes. These castes are workers, soldiers, and reproductives which have wings. Each caste has its own responsibilities. Workers are tasked with gathering food for the colony. Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony from threats. The reproductives are charged with setting out to create new colonies, a process known as a termite swarm. Therefore, swarmers are simply the reproductive termites on their quest to create new colonies.
What Does A Termite Swarm Look Like?
Termites, by and large, remain within their nest or inside of the wood that they are eating. Therefore, you are not likely to ever spot termites in your home. . . unless it is during a termite swarm. In fact, termite swarms are often the first sign of a termite infestation in your home. So, what does a termite swarm look like?
A termite swarm consists of winged termites, usually black or brown in color, appearing in and around your home. Although they do have wings, swarmers aren’t strong fliers so you will most likely see them walking around. Areas that you may spot termites include around baseboards, on windowsills, on wood floors, on countertops, or even in the soil around your home.
Termite Prevention Tips
To make your home less susceptible to termite swarmers and termites in general, there are some steps you should take. These include taking measures to make your home less accessible as well as removing anything that might attract them inside. To achieve this, you need to:
- Remove or replace any water-damaged or rotting wood in your home.
- Use dehumidifiers to address moisture issues within your home.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures.
- Keep gutters free of debris to prevent flooding.
- Create gravel or concrete barrier between the soil and any exterior wood such as deck posts and siding.
- Fill in any cracks in your home’s foundation.
- Keep woodpiles away from your home’s exterior.
The Best Method For Termite Protection
Although you can, and should, take the termite prevention measures you have at your disposal, the best method for protection from termites is with professional assistance from the trained pest experts here at GreenForce Pest Solutions.
Our termite control plan involves a free inspection of your property to identify problem areas. Following this, we employ the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, a baiting system designed to eliminate the active infestation and prevent new ones. We also employ liquid and injection treatments as well as BoraCare treatments for certain cases.
We here at GreenForce Pest Solutions are so sure of our termite treatments that we guarantee them with our GreenForce 100% Termites Gone Guarantee. So, give us a call today to protect your home from termites all year long.