You are sitting on the patio enjoying the start of spring.
The next moment it gets dark outside with loads of insects dropping their wings and droppings. You get up and run into the house, closing everything where you go.
You wait a while and go outside to find something that looks like an ant walking everywhere.
Amazed you stand and wonder what in heaven’s name happened.
There is a big chance you have encountered termite swarmers.
However, there is a possibility it can also be flying ants. So how do you know as termites and flying ants can be confusing?
You need to know the difference as it will help you save time and money to give you peace of mind. The problem is that both insects can look identical in color, shape, and size. A fact is with both you need to take action.
Termites you find on the go throughout the year and are one of the most unwelcome guests in any home. Termite swarming takes place once a year and varies from one location to another.
Termites build colonies above, underground, and if there is access to a building termite damage, becomes a costly project. The insect remains hidden for years unnoticed.
Therefore, if you live in Las Vegas, there is one warning sign that tells you there are problems, and that is the flying termite. These winged termites bring issues that are more significant.
So why are they soaring over our neighborhood?
Termite swarmers or alates have one leading role, and that is to reproduce creating new colonies. These future termite kings and queens find a suitable place to mate and form a new settlement.
The flying termites range in color from a yellow to black and emerge from tubes built by the worker termites. Related to most insects light attract them, and you come across them outdoors at the lighting and walls.
For any property owner, these flying termites are an unwelcome sight and best to call in a termite control professional.
So why are they swarming around my property?
Alates swarm to start a new settlement and mark the beginning of the termite’s life cycle. The males and females leave the nest and congregate in the air to mate.
As with ants, they do precisely the same thing, and once they take flight, it is referred to as the nuptial flight. Once mating, they land and start shedding their wings to create a new colony.
Nevertheless, how does this happen, and why? The termite uses ecological signals to start of the swarming and harmonize with others of the same species to guarantee inbreeding.
You can find some species swarming at night and termites are not good fliers and make use of the wind to give them mileage. Therefore, the swarm does not last long, and you can find it happening close to the original nest.
There are cases that the males and females can travel for miles depending on the wind.
Now how do I know if it is an ant or a termite?
To determine this, you need to inspect them. Depending on the species, they can range in colors. In general, the color is beige/tan and have two antennae that are straight with a slight curve.
The two wings are equal in length with translucent whitish color with a vein appearance. The exoskeleton is thick and comprises one part, and they have no constraint between the abdomen and thorax like ants.
Not all termites can fly, and when they do, it is only for a short time. Each caste in a colony has a particular role from workers, soldiers, and alates.
Ants again have an elbow-shaped antenna with an hourglass waist. Furthermore, ants have two sets of wings of unequal length.
If you happen to have seen a swarm of insects recently, it is time to take action.
No matter if, it is ants or termites, Ranger Pest Control recommends you give them a call. With the help of a termite swarmer exterminator, we will inspect your property.
We will provide you with the best solution depending on the type of termite present.
Contact us today to help remove these annoying pests off your property today.