As temperatures rise and humidity increases, various termite species will soon begin their swarming season, causing concern for homeowners in different parts of Texas.
This article will discuss the different types of termites, their swarming seasons, and how to identify them.
Additionally, we’ll explore the impact of environmental factors on pest populations and the importance of being prepared for the annual influx of these wood-destroying insects.
Native Eastern Subterranean Termites
Native Eastern subterranean termites are known to swarm in early spring, typically when temperatures consistently rise above 70 degrees and are followed by a good rain. These termites are particularly active during the daytime and are commonly found in the eastern part of the United States.
Central Texas homeowners should be aware of dampwood termites, which swarm during the late summer months. Although they are wood-destroying insects, dampwood termites are not a significant concern for homeowners as they typically infest damp wood and are less likely to cause structural damage.
Formosan Subterranean Termites
Formosan subterranean termites are particularly destructive due to their large swarm sizes, which can be ten times larger than Eastern subterranean termites. These termites swarm in the late spring and early summer, typically at night. Anecdotal evidence from a former employee who experienced Formosan subterranean termites falling from a lighting fixture in June highlights the importance of early detection and treatment.
Identifying Termites vs. Ants
Homeowners often confuse swarming termites with swarming ants. To distinguish between the two, note that termites have a more consistent, oval-shaped body, whereas ants’ bodies pinch between the chest and thorax/abdomen. Additionally, termites have four wings of equal length, while ants’ front wings are longer than their back wings.
Environmental Factors and Pest Populations
Pest populations are influenced by various environmental factors, making it challenging to predict their activity in any given year. For example, Houston’s high rainfall and Austin’s swift temperature shifts can impact the presence of termites and other pests. Contrary to popular belief, freezing temperatures do not kill bugs, as they are capable of hibernating through cold weather.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reliant Pest Management
April 2nd, 2023
Austin, TX – With termite swarming season approaching, homeowners are advised to be prepared for the annual influx of these wood-destroying insects. Native Eastern subterranean termites, dampwood termites, and Formosan subterranean termites are the main species to be aware of this season.
To help homeowners identify termites and differentiate them from ants, remember that termites have a consistent, oval-shaped body, and four wings of equal length.
Environmental factors play a significant role in pest populations, making it difficult to predict their activity each year. Despite this, it’s crucial for homeowners to remain vigilant, especially during swarming season, to minimize the potential for costly structural damage.
For more information on termite swarming season and how to protect your home, contact Erek Gonzalez at [email protected].
About Reliant Pest Management:
Reliant Pest Management is a leading provider of pest control services in Texas, specializing in the detection, prevention, and treatment of various pests, including termites. With a team of experienced professionals, we are committed to keeping homes and businesses pest-free and safe.