Swarming Termites in California
After some time in their current home, termites will reach a point in which the colony has grown to full capacity and it is time to expand and create a new colony. This stage is called swarming. A swarm usually takes place once a year when weather conditions are optimal.
A termite colony is made up of workers and alates. Worker termites are the group that eats away at wood and oftentimes, wooden structures in home or business properties, which can result in significant damage. The alates are the adults responsible for reproduction. The alates consist of both males and females who leave the original colony to reproduce to keep the species growing in a new colony.
When do Termites Swarm in California?
An important question for a home or business owner to ask is, what time of year are swarming termites most active? When to expect swarming termites depends on the region of the state where your property is located, and the type of termite that makes their home in the specific region.
In the southern region, for example, from September through November, the western drywood termite is present during the daylight hours. The northern region may experience activity prior to September. The active periods for drywood termites in desert regions are the opposite, from June to September swarms take place during the night. For property owners in San Diego County, the peak season for swarming termites is June and July. Swarms may continue after this time but in smaller groups.
While you may see signs of swarming termites such discarded wings, termites flying near light fixtures, and small piles of granules near windows and doors, chances are you will not see the termites themselves or damage going on behind the scenes. These inhabitants of the colony usually stay hidden away from light and the outside dry air, which means staying behind the walls or securely underground in their preferred environment.
You may also see thin pencil-like mud tubes on the exterior of your property. The tubes are constructed with bits of wood, soil, etc. and serve as a shield for protection of subterranean termites as they make their way to the nest after feeding on an available food source.
Swarming Termites – Tips to Prepare
When termites are active, another question a property owner may have is how to get rid of swarming termites? Several things to help prevent damage caused by termites include:
- Moisture is an attraction for termites. Eliminating water sources such as clogged gutters, dripping outdoor faucets, or any item that serves as a container for standing water removes the attraction to moisture that termites are drawn to.
- Mulch looks good around the property, but it is also a food source for termites. Keeping mulch away from the home helps remove an easily accessible buffet for termites to dine on.
- Since termites eat wood, it is best to keep all wood-related items such as firewood, mulch stacks, stacked lumber, or wood products being used for a construction project a good distance away from the home.
When you see signs of termites, or even if you are concerned about termites invading your home or business, an inspection by O’Connor Pest Control can put your mind at ease. With an inspection, our technicians can tell if your property has termites, the type of termite species, and where the nests are located.
O’Connor Pest Control for Termite Service
When termite season rolls around, let us be the first call you make to help put your mind at ease with a thorough inspection of your property by one of our professional technicians. We will provide you with a free estimate and a plan of action to help eliminate and protect your home. Give us a call or fill out the online form to schedule your free estimate.