Termites Swarming ?

Termite Swarmer - Flying termite

What is a Termite Swarm

A "termite swarm" is a termite colonies way of propagating and starting a new and independant population of termites. Swarmer termites are known as "alates", which are reproductive termites hoping to mate and become a royal pair, king and queen termites, to start their own population. These are known as dispersal, or nuptial flights.

Only mature colonies of termites are capable of producing swarmers.


How to tell the difference between ant swarmers and termite swarmers.

Take a good look. Does the insect have a mostly uniform width body? If so, they are most likely termites - ants have a pinched waist. Termites also have beaded, straight antennae, while ant alates have elbowed antennae. Termites have four equal-length wings, while ants have larger fore wings.


Looks like I have termite alates, and not ants. Is there more than one type or species of termite that swarm?

Yes. The two types of termites that we worry about infesting our homes are Drywood Termites and Subterranean Termites. The alates look similar, but they are vastly different in nature and require completely different forms of treatment.

Drywood termites will often shed their wings, now known as a dealate, and you will observe wings scattered all along places like your window sills. The Drywood Termites that left the wings are long-gone moved in to the structure.

Subterranean Termite swarmers on the other hand, typically do not shed their wings until they have found a suitable mate and nesting location.

Determining whether a termite is Drywood or Subterranean requires inspection by a pest management professional. We look for further characteristics such as the vein patterns in the wings.

If you are experiencing a termite swarm in or around your property, contact a pest management professional at one of the phone numbers below..

New Smyrna: (386) 423-3613
Edgewater: (386) 423-2031
Daytona: (386) 258-1979
Port Orange: (386) 788-8020
Ormond Beach: (386) 258-1979

Subterranean Termite Swarms Look Like Black Ants With Wings

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