Getting to Know the Winged Termites

Majority of the termite colony work like miners. These creatures creep and create dark tunnels as they go and hunt for food. During spring, however, some of the termites can be seen taking flight. The termites develop wings and you can see them swarming the house at certain times of the day. Sometimes these termites are mistaken as flying ants. It is very important for homeowners to learn everything they can about the winged termites.

Winged termites are called alates. These termites are likewise called “scouters” or “swarmers” because their role is to look for a new area where they can build a new or bud-off colony. These flying termites are essentially breeders. When they swarm the house, they don’t actually attack the wooden structures. It is their offspring later on that will do the wood-eating destruction.

In a termite colony, usually one-third of them become winged termites. A lot of them take flight to ensure that the population can spread out. When these things start flying out, they don’t survive for long. Some can get eaten by ants, lizards and birds. These predators feast on the flying termites because at this state the termites are packed with nutrients needed to build their new colony. The winged termites also don’t travel too far. If you look closely, they have a very flat abdomen. The reason for this is that the termites are intentionally dehydrated so that with less mass they can fly high. The fortunate ones who survive predator attacks and travel safely out to find a mate becomes the parents of the new colony. You should contact Birmingham Pest Control or Birmingham Mosquito Control for help

The winged termites shed their wings once they have mated. If you find lots of termite wings in an area, this indicates that there are many termites that participated in mating. It is a bad sign for this also means there will be many wood-eating termite offspring that will be produced.

The flights of the termites usually happen during the warmer months. The swarms can be seen in spring and summertime. In the tropical regions, the flights can happen year-round. It can be observed that most of the species will fly out after midday and in the early evening. Because termites are weak fliers, they time their flight when the day is humid and the wind is rather still. Winged termites become attracted to fluorescent lights so putting a bug zapper at night when they swarm will help kill a lot of them.