Flowers and trees aren’t the only things that come to life during the spring. So do bugs.

Spring is the beginning of pest control season. Many pests that have been dormant in or around our homes are now becoming active and wreaking havoc. Homeowners should especially keep an eye out for termite swarmers.

According to a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association, 52 percent of Americans have never had their home inspected for termites or other wood-destroying organisms. These insects silently cause $5 billion in property damage every year, which is rarely covered by homeowner insurance.

There are two distinct species of termites: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Subterranean termite damage looks very similar to water damage as both cause wood to buckle and floors to swell. Drywood termites are known for the maze-like tunnels in which they live. Both species can compromise the integrity of your home, and should be addressed by a pest control professional immediately.

Termite swarmers are sexually matured males and female winged termites. Spring’s warmer temperatures and rain encourage swarmers to leave their current nests in search of new locations to establish their colonies. Because winged termites are more visible to homeowners, swarming is the most well known process of developing new termite colonies.

When it comes to termite swarmers, the traditional signs of a termite infestation still apply. Upon finding a new location for their colony, termite swarmers shed their wings and begin to create their new nest. Therefore, if you see shed wings, swarmers, or any of the traditional signs of a termite infestation, it is time to call a pest control professional.

If you have a termite infestation, or are in need of a WDO inspection, give us a call at 1-800-524-8544 to schedule an appointment.