Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Faith Pest Control Podcast. I’m Mike Stewart, your host and today we’re going to be talking with Fred, about termites warmers. It’s that time of year again, folks and the termites they start swarming in the spring, and they’re going to be swarming all over Jasper, Georgia, all over Ellijay, Georgia, in Blairsville, Georgia in Blue Ridge, Georgia, you know, we’re all over the south and especially in the north Georgia mountains, we’re going to be, we’re going to be seeing termites warmer. So Fred, why don’t you tell us all about the termite? Swarmers.
Okay, Mikey. So frequently, the first clue that anybody may have that they have termite problem is they’ll discover they have. Most people think they have wing dance when it happens, but there and there are subtle differences that I will explain here shortly. But typically, this is the first indication that a homeowner will have that they have a problem. They’re commonly confused with the ants, like I said, however, there are differences. In our industry, this is what we refer to as swarming. The Winged male and female adults are generally produced by a very mature or older and more established termite colony. And the sole purpose for the production of these wing adults is for them to make get back to the ground and form a new colony. During the act of swarming, there can be 1000s of winged termites that emerge within a very short period of time. Actually, that time is normally measured in minutes. Fortunately, the winged termites are not actually the ones that damage the wood in your house. But they are a clue that a mature termite colony exists nearby. Their sole purpose is to create another colony, they don’t buy, they won’t sting you. They’re very easily removed by vacuuming. And in generally, just the act of traveling through the vacuum will kill them, but they will die. Typically, their lifespan is measured in hours, not days. And if I remember correctly, the typical amount that do survive is like two or 3%. Most the 97 plus percent of them will not be able to reproduce and they die. Termite swarming inside the home means that there is a mature termite colony colony either in, under or very close to the home’s foundation, basically, within the home, if they swarm outside the home. Sometimes it’s from firewood, a stomp, malt crossed eyes, things of that nature, in that would indicate that the swarms not necessarily inside the home. Really, if you see a swarm inside or outside the home, you need to have your home inspected for termites. Since they’re poor fliers, the termite swarmers will only fly a very short distance. And once they land, they tend to start shedding their wings, which I guess would be considered step two and the mating ritual. Step one being the emergent emergence from the parent colony. Inside the home, the termite swarmers would tend to go toward just about any light source, it’s very common to find their wings in or in close proximity to window seals or doors that have windows in the floor in front of doors that have windows in them that the majority like I said earlier, these Termites will die within hours of swarming. There are very few that that live beyond the emergent stage and a considerable amount of the ones that do
that live beyond the emergent stage in a considerable amount of the ones that do survive stage one died due to dehydration or they’re consumed by predators. Other insects will eat them environmental conditions in the early spring. Here in the north Georgia mountains set the stage for this phenomenon, if you will. It’s been my experience here in the mountains that if you have a rainy day, followed by day in which the temperature reaches approximately 70 degrees before noon time, you can expect to see or at least see evidence of swarming termites if there there termite swarms most often occur in the spring during the daytime. Our peak season for the swarms will be considered for marched through May, however swarming can and does occur throughout the year. A mature colony can swarm multiple times during the season. The first form is typically the most intense, with the latter swarms decreasing in intensity. It’s fairly common for termite colonies in close, close proximity. I can’t even talk today for termite colonies in close proximity to each other to swarm on the same day. Now, I’m not exactly sure why that occurs, but that’s what studies show that it makes. If that does occur, it makes it more difficult to pinpoint the exact source of the Swarm swarm. Worst case scenario is that the presence of a swarm indicates the presence of a mature recall in the nearby wings termite swarmers can be fairly easily distinguished from wing dance and a couple of ways. One one would be that the wing termite formers have strayed into the night and wing dance of elbowed antennae. I don’t know that most people would look at that. Winged termites warmers appear to only have two distinct body parts where a wing dance will have three easily definable easily seen distinct body parts. And lastly, and probably the most, the easiest way for somebody that not accustomed to dealing with insects, could readily determine if it’s ants or termites is the wings. Termite Swarmer has two pair of wings, but they’re of equal length. And ants have two pair of Link wings, but they’re of unequal length, the front pair being larger than the rear pair on the and so that’s, you know, if you feel uncomfortable, even if you think it’s an ant, I think it would be a good idea to call somebody and have them come out and inspect for the termites, here at Faith pest control, if you hire us to get rid of your bug problem, near the end of 30 days, you’re not 100% Happy, we’ll come back and retreat your phone home for free. And we’ll keep on trading it for free. Until till you tell us that you are happy, that still doesn’t make you happy, we’ll give you back every penny you spent on the original treatment. Plus, we’ll pay you an additional $25 for your time in trouble just for fooling with us. The bottom line is you will be happy with the service we provide her you won’t you won’t owe us a penny period. If you fail, like what I’ve said makes sense how fates pest control today, it’s 770-823-9202 and asked to speak to me, Fred tally, I’ll be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have. Well, thank you, Fred. You know, I know that we’ve over the years as a homeowner myself, we’d see termites swarming and they didn’t know that what you know, how can ants fly but you know, they were swarmers and you know, and I actually had termite damage in a home loan. So it’s something you got to take pretty serious when you see those swarmers don’t don’t leave it to your leave it to Google or your or your inexperience call, Fred. We do this podcast as a public service role to find folks in Jasper, Blairsville. Blue Ridge, Big Canoe, anywhere in the North Georgia mountains that can service you folks, and make sure that you stay pest free. You can subscribe to our podcast, or you can read it online. But more importantly, call Fred when you have a pest problem. Until next time, it’s Mike Stewart for the Faith Pest Control Podcast.