Swarmer Termites in Los Angeles & Surrounding Areas
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What are Swarmer Termites:
Termite colonies spread through the adult winged swarmer termite, one of two kinds of reproductive termites for the colony. Even though swarmer termites have wings, they are poor fliers. They emerge from the colonies on colonizing flights during certain seasons of the year. After these flights, a male (king) and a female (queen) will pair up, lose their wings, and construct a small cell in the soil. There they will mate, lay eggs, and rear the first group of workers. Swarmer termites are the ones that are most often seen by home or business owners in Los Angeles.
What do Swarmer Termites Look Like:
At first glance, swarmer termites look like ants with wings. However, unlike winged ants, swarmer termites have a broader waist, 4 wings that are all the same shape and size and straight antennae. They are approximately 3/8 of an inch long. Depending on the species of termite, the body color of swarmer termites can vary from yellow-brown to black. They are usually much darker than the other members of the colony. The wings can be any shade between brown and gray and extend beyond the tip of the abdomen.
Why Swarmer Termites are Dangerous:
Because the sight of swarmer termites can indicate a potential termite problem near or in your home, it’s a good idea to educate yourself about the function swarmers serve for the colony and when they appear. The swarms are often the first visible indication that termites are present. Left undetected, these swarms reproduce and can cause major structural damage to your business or residence. This can then lead to major repairs which cost money and can mean time away from your home or business.
Los Angeles has multiple termite swarming seasons throughout the year. It is important to find and treat termites very early before any major damage can be done.