Flying termites are the winged life phase of the common termite. The flying termite is part of the insect's reproduction cycle. They also seek new colony locations during this phase of their life. By following the flying termite, homeowners can locate old colonies and possibly new locations the insects are attempting to infest.
Identifying Flying Termites
Flying termites and flying ants are often mistaken for each other. Flying ants have a body made up of three segments, while termites have a two-segment body. Termites also have uniformly sized wings, while ants have a big and small set of wings.
If flying termites are found indoors it may be an indication of a termite infestation in some part of the home.
Homeowners will also occasionally find wings rather than the insect's body. The flying termite drops its wings after mating, and the females then attempt to burrow into the soil to lay their eggs.
Exterminating Flying Termites
Termites are attracted to light so a bug zapper works effectively in killing the flying termite. It is best to place the bug zapper away from the home and to keep lights around the house to a minimum during the time the termites are swarming to avoid attracting them to the home.
Flying termites have a life expectancy of just a few days and usually swarm once or twice a year. They are not harmful, but if the flying termites locate and form a colony in a home it can do a great deal of damage.
Tracking Flying Termites
Look for mud tubes or mud tracks where the insects are burrowing into the ground. These are likely to be found in areas that are dark and moist and have access to wood. If these are discovered, notify a pest control professional to assess the situation.
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