Does finding termite swarmers inside your house mean that you have a termite infestation? Thrasher Termite & Pest Control staff are often asked about termite swarmers inside the house. Knowing the quantity of winged termites you find is essential for Thrasher to determine whether or not this is a sign of an active termite infestation in your home.
Termite swarmers are reproductive, winged termites whose only goal is to form a new colony and reproduce. A healthy, robust termite colony will seek to expand once or twice a year by producing these aerial explorers. When the temperature and humidity are just right, winged adults (alates) emerge from the mature colony and are soon airborne. Their fluttery wings are not made for prolonged flight. Instead, it appears that the long thin wings act more as wind catchers, much like the fluff on a dandelion seed.
Termite swarmers are at the mercy of the breeze. If you leave windows and doors open during swarming season, you will find some of these reproductive adult termites in your house. Finding
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There are no unique real estate disclosures with regard to Formosan subterranean termite in La Mesa, or anywhere else in California. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control posed this disclosure question to real estate attorney and real estate broker, Jeffrey B. Hare.
“The disclosure requirements for real estate are very simple. A good rule to follow is, ‘If you know it, disclose it’,” said Mr. Hare. “Otherwise, it’s always a good idea for the buyer to get a professional inspection by a licensed, reputable company. Let’s face it, most homeowners are not qualified to identify evidence of damage from wood destroying pests, let alone distinguish between western subterranean, drywood or Formosan termites. Moreover, the costs of expenses and treatment are minor compared to the expenses of not dealing with the issue in a timely manner.”
Formosan subterranean termites are controllable. While a Formosan termite colony possess the ability to cause extreme destruction, that destruction is only caused when the problem is unidentified, misidentified, or ignored. A monitoring and prevention program within the Formosan subterranean termite hot spot,
Formosan subterranean termites out-reproduce, and out-compete native subterranean colonies in La Mesa. Western subterranean termites do cause damage in San Diego County; however, Western subterranean termites do not boast robust colonies. In contract, Formosan subterranean termites are ideally suited to our tropical climate, reproduce quickly and in large numbers. They not only develop colonies underground (as do all ‘subterranean’ termites), Formosan termites can also form satellite colonies above ground in the voids between walls, under sinks, and in tree hollows. These aerial colonies may also contain egg laying reproductives.
Formosan termites have been known to attack in over 50 species of living plants including citrus, pepper trees, wild cherry, cherry laurel, ash, sweet gum, cedar, willow, wax myrtle, Chinese elm, live oak, and white oak. Formosan termites are aggressive eaters and have been known to chew through non-wood materials in their search for wood. They have attacked plastic, asphalt, plaster, rubber, and thin sheets of lead and copper metal. The creosote on utility poles does not deter Formosan termites and are at great risk of damage.