Flying termites are female reproductive termites from one colony looking to create new colonies. So if you see them, you’ve got good reason to suspect there’s a colony nearby–and good reason to fear more to come.
How to Tell if It’s a Flying Termite
Termites have four wings of the same size with a straight antenna, while flying ants have an arched antennae and one large pair of wings with another smaller pair underneath those. Flying termites also have a broader waist than flying ants.
Why Should You Be Concerned?
The obvious reason flying termites are a problem is that they are in the act of creating new termite colonies. Plus, they are attracted to light, and so like to get into homes. Unless you want to let termite colonization go on unhindered around your home—and much more importantly, in your home—winged termites are a sign that you need to act. And the sooner the better!
How to Prevent Flying Termites from Causing Harm
If you don’t have a termite infestation yet, but want to be sure flying termites from outside don’t start you down that road, you can take several steps, such as: • removing water sources from around your home • keeping your home dry and clean • placing a barrier between wood and the ground (e.g., concrete, masonry blocks) • ensuring there are no cracks in windows, holes in screens, gaps between doors, etc. • screening off attics.
What Should You Do if You Already Have an Infestation?
If you see just a few winged termites around your home, they might not have infested it yet. They may be coming from other locations. But if you see a lot, that’s probably a sign that the termite infestation is already well-established. You’re not going to solve the problem by simply spraying the weak pesticide you find in stores around the base of your house. Removing a termite infestation signaled by winged termites is not a do-it-yourself job. If you try, you may think you’ve gotten rid of the pests yourself, but that’s highly unlikely. If you miss just one nest, the queen can lay more than 2,000 eggs a day. And without professional experience, you’re probably not going to get all the nests.
For something as important as ensuring that you don’t have termite infestation, don’t play around—call a professional pest control specialist who has experience dealing with the problem.