Enjoying the sizzling hot summer season? Guess what, the termites do too! If you’re planning to go on a dream summer vacation, be sure to get your house protected from termites. As the summer heat rolls in, so do the pests that come with it so it is best to have termite control on your speed dial. For the meantime, find out what exactly makes these buggers more active during summer time? Read on to find out:
Swarming season is the number one reason why termites become active. During this period, a colony lets loose hundreds, if not, thousands, of flying termites known as alates. These alates, both male and female, fly out and separate from their current colony to build a new colony. Here they become king and queen of said colony, and reproduce quickly. After all, you can’t have royalty to do grunt work; they need soldiers and workers to do it for them.
You will know it’s their time to shine when you go out at night and find illuminated light bulbs are covered to the brim with a termite swarm. Usually this would even indicate the rainy season is approaching, as most termites are fond of the warm weather that comes before the downpour. In the Philippines, where we only have two known seasons, this phenomena occurs when summer is about to end. But don’t let them fool you; the termite swarming season happens to be specific when it comes to their species. Meaning to say, swarming season to them can land on any season of the year, so long as their colony is ready.
Though termite swarming can happen all year around, sometimes it really depends where you live or what species is most common in your area. In other countries, specifically the United States, termite swarming season is most common either in the spring or summer. The reason would be they prefer the sweltering weather that comes with these two seasons. Once the surviving alates have chosen a partner and settled, they will mate and begin their new life as rulers of their new colony.
But where do they usually situate their colonies?
The answer to that would be beneath moist soil. An example of a termite species that thrives in moist places is the Subterranean Termite. Subterranean termites choose to build their homes where there is moisture, creating mud tunnels for them to travel to and from. Although their means of travel underground seems amazing, it means bad news to us unfortunately. If a termite colony is near your house, these tunnels will lead to its foundations, walls, framing, and floors and etc. If not treated immediately, this can eventually lead to the destruction of your home.
When you go out in the evening and see a swarm of termites having a party in your light patio, take this as a warning. Termite swarms are harmless to humans, but not to houses. The presence of swarms may indicate you might have termites within the walls of your precious home. Keep calm and call us for pest control, and we guarantee we will get the job done.