Swarmer’s, winged termites begin emerging from shelter tubes shortly after the spring rain and on a warm and sunny day. This is when most homeowners begin to see signs of Subterranean termite infestations.

During summer, the activity inside a subterranean termite colony begins to settle down to the events of foraging and eating. During the spring time, it’s frantic activity associated with releasing the swarmer’s; selecting the right days (on a clear day after a soaking rain causing high soil moisture), the best time of day, how many to “launch” at a time, and how many launches will be needed to get them all out of the current colony to branch out and start creating a new colony which is usually within 100 meters from the original colony and unfortunately, that new colonies home could be your home.

Another factor that triggers swarming is the maturity of a colony. There is no specific age at which a termite colony swarms, but subterranean termite colonies typically do not produce a swarm until they are at least three years old and at capacity. A mature subterranean colony can reach up to 1 Million individual termites and a single home could have several subterranean termite colonies under it.

A termite colony is split into groups known as castes. Each caste has a role in the colony. The 3 castes of a termite colony are:

Workers

Soldiers

Alates “Swarmer”

Out of the termite castes, it is only the alates which can fly; being the only ones equipped with wings. Alates “swarmers,” are the only termites which are sexually developed to possibly become future kings and queens of the next swarming season’s termite colonies. Queens and Kings can live a life span of a decade or more while individual workers can live for one to several years.

Subterranean termites cause about 95% of the termite-related damage found in the United States. Call Best Rate Termite today for your free inspection at 619-229-0116.

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