Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in the US. It’s a day we honor our mothers and all they have done and continue to do. However, Mother’s Day also has a darker connotation, at least here in Louisiana. It also marks the beginning of termite season, and can be marred by swarming pests looking for a new place to call home – don’t let that home be your house. Fischer Environmental offers industry-best termite control and protection for homes throughout Louisiana.
Why Mother’s Day?
Why do termites begin swarming around Mother’s Day? You’ll see them swarming everywhere, billowing clouds of termites hovering around streetlights, gathering on the ceiling of your home, only to fall down within a few hours. Once they’ve swarmed, they lose their wings and mate. Mid-May marks the beginning of termite mating season, and Mother’s Day falls smack in the range most likely to see huge swarms of these pests taking to the air.
In truth, these wood-eating pests aren’t trying to ruin your Mother’s Day celebration. You’ll actually see swarms throughout May and into June. They occur at irregular intervals, with a new swarm every few days. And, while the swarms, noise and general icky-ness are problems, this time of year can actually present you with a good opportunity to hunt down the nest and destroy the colony itself.
What Triggers Swarming?
Termite swarms are triggered by several different factors, including the following:
- The warming of the ground as winter fades away and spring takes full hold
- Significant moisture, usually from substantial rainfall
- Drought conditions can impede termite swarms
All about Alates
What you see swarming outside during May and June are not foragers, the termites that do all the damage to your home and other wood structures. These are alates – mating termites. Each colony can produce millions of alates over time (it’s not actually known how long it takes them to replenish their numbers). During the warm days of late spring and early summer, the alates leave the colony in search of mates, where they’ll replenish the numbers for the colony.
There’s good news here – most of those termites won’t find mates. In fact, it’s estimated that less than 1% of those insects swarming will mate and produce offspring (which is a very good thing, considering the massive numbers). Not only do many alates not find mates, but a significant percentage are picked off during their swarming by eager predators – birds, bats, lizards and other animals get the feast of the year around Mother’s Day.
What to Do When You See a Swarm
The first instinct of most people when termites start swarming is to head indoors and turn off the lights (light attracts the alates, as it does moths and other insects). However, instead of ducking and hiding, it might be a wiser course to investigate. If you can locate the origin point of the swarm, you can actually take action and eliminate the colony completely. This is particularly important if the swarm is originating from a tree or other location near your home, or even from your home itself. If you locate a nearby colony, immediate treatment is vital.
Fischer Environmental specializes in the eradication of all types of termites from New Orleans homes. Whether you’re dealing with the Formosan termites that swarm around Mother’s Day, subterranean termites, or another species, we offer around the clock service and treatment. Our methods are industry leading and safe for your family and pets as well.
This Mother’s Day, don’t hide from the swarms. Take the opportunity to determine if that colony represents a threat to your home, and then call Fischer Environmental at 800-391-2565.
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