Is That a Swarm of Termites or Flying Ants On My Property???
With greater numbers of termite swarms this year, Arrow
Exterminators urges homeowners to learn the difference to protect
their homes with termite prevention
Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company,
is experiencing a large increase in calls reporting subterranean
termite swarms throughout the South. Heavy rains and rising
temperatures have created prime conditions for termite swarms,
which typically emerge around this time of year. Recently, the
Florida Department of Agriculture's Entomology Bureau reported that
2009 is a banner year for termites nationwide, with colony numbers
already on the rise.
Swarm season for our area usually begins in March and can last
through early June. Swarms occur when termites decide to expand
their territory, with hundreds to thousands abandoning nests to
create new colonies. Not surprisingly, termites become most visible
when they swarm - especially if the swarm happens inside a
Many homeowners mistake destructive termites for the less
harmful winged flying ants species. Or when the swarming stops,
homeowners often think the termites are no longer present. That is
also a huge mistake since swarming is the telltale sign that a
termite colony is present somewhere on the property and that
termites are most likely busy inside the walls of the home causing
"As termites are known to cause more than $5 billion dollars in
damage each year, it is crucial to know the difference between
termite swarms and winged ants so you can take the necessary
termite prevention steps and protect one of your most important
investments, your home, from termite infestation," said Shay
Runion, Arrow pest expert.
Swarms inside a home or on the property almost always mean
infestation and because the distinct characteristics between
termites and winged ants are not always easy to see with an
untrained eye, a pest professional should be contacted immediately
for a termite inspection. Professionals offer the specialized
skills necessary to rid a home of termite infestation: knowledge of
building construction; an ability to indentify termite species and
the tools to effectively control termites.
Arrow Exterminators offers the following tips for trying to
determine the difference between termites and winged ants:
- Flying termites have two pair of wings that are the same size
and shape, while winged ants - such as carpenter and fire ants -
have front wings that are larger than their hind ones.
- Ant antennae are "elbowed," while termite antennae are
- Their bodies also differ. Termites have a broad waist, while
ants have a narrow midsection.
Arrow protects homes from termites with the STEPS™ Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes full inspection of home
and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not
only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in
the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current
issues and help prevent any future recurrence.
Consumers interested in protecting their homes from destructive
termites this season can view photos and additional information by
viewing our Pest
Guide or contact Arrow for a free whole home pest
control evaluation at 1-888-462-7769.