Termites With Wings

Did you know that termites affect around 600,000 homes in the United States each year, costing American property owners $5 billion annually? Often, termites cause such extensive damage because they go unnoticed for quite some time after an infestation begins. Termites leave few visible signs of their presence, making it difficult for the average person to notice an infestation. The good news is that termites with wings are much easier to spot.


Reproductive Stage

Termites with wings are also known as reproductive stage termites or alates. These flying male and female termites come from an existing colony to mate and create new nests. Alates are darker in color and larger in size than worker termites. They also have eyes to see during their flight.

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    Flying termites do not cause damage to your property. Though once alates begin reproducing, your home or business is at risk. Worker termites are smaller, white critters that cause damage to wood structures. A flying termite swarm may mean that a large colony or termite nest is nearby. You may also see wings shed near windows and doors in your home, which may indicate the beginning of an infestation. If you notice any of these signals, call the professionals at A-1 Bonded Termite today for your free inspection or fill out the form on our contact page.


    Should I be worried about termites with wings?

    Termites with wings around or inside of your home are a signal of two potential dangers:

    • You may already have a termite infestation.
    • You are at risk for a possible termite infestation.

    A termite colony takes around 3 – 6 years to mature enough to produce alates and may produce hundreds of flying termites. The swarmers all wait until the right conditions to leave the nest and will typically choose to build their new colony nearby. Active colonies have worker stage termites that feed on wood, creating extensive and costly damage to buildings. Active infestations can manifest for years before showing visible evidence.

    If you notice termites with wings around your home or business, call us at 714-502-9230 to schedule your free inspection.

    Difference Between Flying Ants and Flying Termites

    Flying termites closely resemble flying carpenter ants. However, there are a few key differences that can help you tell them apart. Upon inspection, pay attention to the following differences:

    • Antennae – Carpenter ants have bent antennae, and termites have shorter, straighter antennae.
    • Body Shape – Termites and carpenter ants both have three regions of their bodies. Termites have a more uniform body shape, making it hard to see the three different areas. On the other hand, carpenter ants have three distinct body regions that you can see. 
    • Wing Length – While carpenter ants have longer front wings and shorter hind wings, termites have front and rear wings that are the same length.

    Termite Swarming Season

    When termites are swarming, they are in search of a new home. Unfortunately, that new home could end up being yours. Termites cause damage to structures year-round, though termites tend to swarm at distinct times of the year.

    There are several different types of subterranean termites, and each species has its preferred weather conditions for swarming. Some species of termites prefer dry and warm weather, while others like more moisture. Most subterranean termite species swarm during the spring and summer months of the year. Drywood Termites typically swarm during the late summer and fall months, from around August through November. Dampwood termites also typically swarm during the summer.

    Varying weather conditions could cause swarms to appear at different times. The difference in timing could be a matter of hours, days, or weeks.

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    What To Do If You See Swarmers Around Your Property

    If you see a swarm of either carpenter ants or termites near your home, it should be cause for concern. Swarmers are a clear signal that a nest is very near. If you see swarming carpenter ants or termites, please call a professional pest control company immediately. Termites or carpenter ant swarms are searching for a new home to create a colony, and time is of the essence when it comes to treating your property. The longer they are around, the more damage they will cause.

    Call A-1 Bonded Termite today at 714-502-9230 to schedule your free inspection.* We offer a variety of options for ongoing maintenance and termite treatments.


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