Reproductive Termite Flight – Should I Be Stressed!

Wе have all had that gut wrenching feeling of awakening on a warm spring morning to discover ten, fifty or even hundreds of termites crawling around our home. For a lot of us this will send us into a blind panic scurrying around our home trying to discover the source of the infestation.
Shоuld wе trulу bе ѕtrеѕѕіng?

The answer is “Yes & No”.

The presence of termites in your home amid a reproductive flight is not uncommon. At this point it is probably important to understand what they are doing there in the first place.
“Flying Termites” or Alates are the reproductive termite stage which erupt from the nest each year. These Alates pair up, one male and one female and go in search of a good place to establish a new colony. Alate flights can cover great distances and the quantity of Alates in these events varies depending on the size of the nest and the species of termite.

Only once these Alates find a place which will sustain this will they create a small chamber to fit the two of them, seal it up and proceed to mate and hence a new colony is created. If the conditions are right this new colony will potentially grow to number in the millions of individuals.

Yes you should be stressed!
Aрtlу саllеd “hоmе wrесkеrѕ”, termites’ саuѕе intimidating іnfеѕtаtіоnѕ and structural dаmаgе thаt іѕ dеvаѕtаtіng and оftеn vеrу еxреnѕіvе tо соrrесt. These round-thе-сlосk еаtіng menaces cost рrореrtу owners’ mоrе than $5 billion еvеrу уеаr. Thoѕе numbers are pretty ѕсаrу.
No you shouldn’t be stressed!

Earlier in this article we talked about what these “Flying Termites” are, the reproductive stage of the termite colony. What is important to note is that the conditions in most homes are not conducive to the establishment of a new colony so in most cases these reproductive termites will crawl around your home and eventually die.

If you have no areas in the surrounds of your home which have any water source like leaks or mulch around trees or timber in the ground either alive or dead, you should have little to fear about a colony establishing itself in your yard.

If you have any of these things though those reproductive termites could be setting up a base colony, from which they will forage up to 50 metres and a 0.4 acre around in search of food. Some species like Coptotermes acinaciformis can build subsiduary nests also in areas where the conditions are right, like if they have entered your home and find a small leak behind a shower for example. Termites are relentless in their search for food, if your home has an unprotected entry point they will most likely find it and enter your home.

What to do if you see a reproductive flight.

What these reproductive flights are is a reminder that termites are everywhere in your area and that regular checking and deterrent strategies implemented by a qualified pest inspector is a must to ensure the health of your home.

The starting point is, with the advice of a qualified pest inspector, to establish the strength of any existing defences your home may already have and taking into consideration your particular circumstances and budget formulate a strategy to help protect your home.

At The Pest Bully we stand ready to help you with your protection goals.


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