Delta Pest Services Termite Swarming Season Guide

Termite swarming season is here, which means it’s time to prepare for the worst. In Louisiana, the termites are waking up and getting ready to swarm the air and your home. At Delta Pest, we are hard at work protecting our clients from the coming swarms with termite control services. Make sure you are ready for the termite season with this handy termite swarming season guide.

 

When Termites SwarmTermite swarming damage on wood

The termite swarming season begins in February and doesn’t end until late April or early May. With the weather warming up during these months and the rain coming in to help the flowers grow, the environment becomes the perfect combination of warm and damp for termites to thrive. While we only start to see the termites during the months of February through May, termites are continuously feeding on wood throughout the entire year.

Swarming termites are a specific type of termite that has the main purpose of venturing out and starting new colonies in different locations away from their own. While a swarming termite may only survive a few hours, it is important to remember that many more are ready to replace it and continue the expansion. If you see swarming termites near your home, it is best to call a pest control service like Delta Pest Services quickly as swarming termites are a sign of more damage later down the road.

 

Signs of Termites Swarming Season and the Trouble it Predicts

As the main point of termite swarming season is to find new locations to build nests, it is important to make sure that your home doesn’t become their next target. Termites cause more damage costs each year than fires, floods, or storms combined. In fact, termites cause an estimated $1 billion a year in property damages, repairs, and containment services. To prevent costly damage to your property, be on the lookout for these signs of termite swarming and colonization, which leads to property damage:

  • Shelter tubes – mud tubes stuck to your home
  • Foraging activity – damage to trees or bushes
  • Concealment tubes – mud tubes on wood such as a deck or porch
  • Etching – selective damage marks in your wood
  • Shoe string or drop tubes – long skinny brown tubes usually found in crawl spaces
  • Ceiling drop tubes – long skinny brown tubes found on ceiling beams

 

What to Do When Termites SwarmTermite swarms

In Louisiana, we commonly have subterranean termites that enter into our homes through the exterior foundation where the earth meets the home. Whether that is behind veneer, through cracks, or through our plumbing, termites are persistent and will enter into your home wherever they can. Properly treating your home before termite swarming season begins and continually throughout the year is crucial to preventing termite damage. Remember, termites are not just active during February through May, they are active all year round. We just happen to see them more often during their swarming season when they’re expanding their colonies.

 

Don’t let termites damage your property any time during the year. Call Delta Pest Services today and protect your home during termite swarming season and throughout the rest of the year.