There is no homeowner who’s completely safe from the risk for termite infestation and other pest problems. Without a proper termite control or barrier in place, termites will always find their way into your home in search of food source and shelter to ensure their survival. It’s important to know that termites are active almost all year round so it’s best to always be prepared to keep swarms of flying termites away from your property.
So could a flying termite come from a neighbor’s house? You won’t necessarily get an infestation of flying termites from your neighbor. Professional pest control companies today can effectively kill a single termite colony without driving them to your property. However, there’s a chance that your home may be infected with termites since it could mean that the termites are already present within the vicinity of your community.
Termites are one of the most active pests that cause problems for many homeowners in the United States. In particular, the subterranean termite and the drywood termite are the two common termite species that infest homes. They’re also destructive and can cause significant termite damage that annually amounts to millions of dollars in damage and repair.
If you live in an area or state where these pests are widespread, there’s a high possibility that you and your neighbor will be a potential living space for termites. Even if you haven’t detected any sign of termite activity in your home, you should be on high alert if your neighbors have reported that they have a flying termite problem.
The preferred method of travel of termites is through the mud tubes that the worker termites create in the underground or along cracks inside the walls. Once they have established their colony in one house, they will stay put in that place and occasionally roam the area for food.
It’s during their peak swarming season that winged termites emerge from the colony and find a new location for their termite nest. A swarming termite may depart from their original colony to find their mate and then fly until they make their way to your home. If the living conditions in your property are desirable for them, they will land on your ground and enter your house through the gaps or holes in the foundation connected to the soil.
In most cases, your neighbors will call for a professional termite exterminator or pest control company to handle their termite infestation. They can choose among soil treatment, termite baiting system, or fumigation (termite tenting) to exterminate the termites in their property. The treatments are precise and they will kill the termites inside the house without pushing them away to your house.
So you’ve discovered that your neighbor has recently gotten help from a pest control company to eliminate their termite issue. The best thing you can do is to check for any signs of flying termites swarm in your own home. Here are some of the most visible signs of termite presence:
If you have checked all these signs, the next thing you should do is to call a professional pest control company to do a thorough professional inspection of your home. They will help confirm that you have a termite attack and will pinpoint the exact location where they built their entire colony. The team will suggest the right termite solution that can help eliminate them and prevent further damage to your home.
There are different types of termites that may be causing a ruckus inside your home. The most common household termite species are the subterranean termites, formosan termites (also known as formosan subterranean termite), drywood termites, and dampwood termites. They all have distinct appearances but the one thing they have in common is their swarming activity.
To better understand why active termites swarm, you have to understand that termites are social insects and they follow a specific caste system within their colony. An active termite colony is usually comprised of the following:
When a colony matures, winged termites or alates prepare to leave the colony. Termite swarmers usually come out at night and they’re drawn to areas with light. The swarm will last for several minutes to hours. Successful pairs of termites will look for a new suitable location for their colony and if you’re unlucky, they may decide to settle in your home. So if you find an ongoing swarming activity in the streets, you should switch off your lights to avoid luring them inside.
It’s never too early or too late to put up termite prevention measures that will repel flying termites from your home. Here are some of the best practices to help termite-proof your surroundings:
When swarming termites get out of control, the smartest move is to entrust the safety of your home to the hands of pest management professionals. At Positive Pest Management, our pest control technicians have years of experience and expertise in effectively dealing with termites and other pests.
We offer safe and quality pest control services like inspections and exterminations to residents troubled by common household pests such as termites, bed bugs, roaches, mosquitoes, and flying ants. Our team will visit on-site to check your home and come up with the best solutions to get rid of termites for good. Call us now for a free quote and discuss a customized plan with our team for your termite control needs.