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What Are These Flying Insects Around My Richmond Home?

March 15, 2019

a large swarm of termites greatly damaging wooden structure on a richmond property
In spring, it’s pretty normal to see insects buzzing around. After the cooler temperatures of winter, all the bugs that weren’t active in the winter months make their comeback. Mosquitoes, dragonflies, honeybees, hornets… they all make an appearance. And while you certainly don’t want to see hornets around your house, there’s another type of flying insect that is even worse to have around your Richmond home.

What are These Flying Insects Around My Richmond Home?

You’re probably fairly good at identifying the insects you see, at least their general category. Maybe you can’t tell a hornet from a wasp, but you know they’re both stinging insects you want to stay away from.
 
However, if you come across a swarm of flying insects this spring and you’re not sure what they are, you may want to take a closer look. Spring is termite swarmer season and if you see a termite swarm, it’s something you need to pay attention to. How can you tell if what you’re looking at is a termite swarmer?

What Do Termite Swarmers Look Like?

If you’ve seen a flying ant, you can understand the basic features of a termite swarmer. But there are several differences between the two insects.
 
Termite swarmers (also called reproductive termites) are the only termites with wings. They have two sets of wings that are the same size. Flying ants have two sets of wings, but one is longer than the other. Termite swarmers have straight abdomens, while ants have waists that are pinched in the middle. Finally, termite swarmers have straight antennae, while ants have bent antennae.

What Do Termite Swarmers Do?

One of the best ways to know if you’re seeing a termite swarmer is to see if it’s in a group. As their name indicates, termite swarmers come out in a swarm. They are the members of a termite colony that reproduce. When they emerge, they look for a mate within the group, then shed their wings and head back underground to start a new colony.

Why It’s a Problem to See a Termite Swarm

If you see a termite swarm, it means there is a large termite colony somewhere in the near vicinity. Termite colonies only send out a swarm when the colony is well-established and has many members.
 
The other problem with seeing a termite swarm is that new colonies are about to be established. The swarmers become the kings and queens of new colonies that are built nearby. This means that even if the current termite colony hasn’t yet made it into your home, there’s a good chance that one of the satellite colonies will.

What to Do if You See a Termite Swarm

If you see a termite swarm, immediate action is necessary. You’ll need to find out if the termites are already in your home and act accordingly. If they are in your home, extermination and repairs must take place. If they’re not in your home, preventative action is essential.
 
RichPro Pest Management can help. Our certified pest control professionals are trained to find the signs of a termite infestation and will conduct a thorough inspection of your home. Once we know how far the termites have gotten, we can offer the termite control that best suits your needs.
Whether a simple preventative treatment is all that’s necessary or the constant monitoring of a system like Sentricon is needed, we’ve got you covered. Give RichPro a call to learn more about our termite control options or to schedule your inspection.

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