What Spotting Flying Termites Means For Your D.C. Home


Have you ever wondered why some termites fly and some don't? It is because every termite in a colony has a role to play. Workers, for instance, have the job of eating food. They're the only termites in a colony that chew on wood and other materials made from cellulose. The other termites in the colony get their sustenance from the workers through a sharing of bodily fluids. So workers need to have mouthparts with which to eat. Soldiers have the job of protecting the colony. They are the only termites that have strong pincers for waging war. The role of the flying termites is to go out in search of new places to create new colonies. Without their wings, they would have a hard time doing this. That's why they have wings and other termites don't. If you find these flying termites on your D.C. home, you have a job to do: Get rid of those termites. Here's why.

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Why It Is Important To Do Something About Flying Termites

While flying termites don't feed on your home, they will make lots and lots of workers that will. Flying termites are the queens and kings of new termite colonies. If they find a nice place to build a nest near your D.C. home, you could be looking at a big repair bill. It is important to take quick action when you see flying termites on your home.

What Flying Termites Mean

It is important to understand what it means when you see flying termites. Not only can these queens and kings establish a nest on your property, it is likely that the nest they came from is nearby. It may even be on your property. That means your home could already have termite damage when you see flying termites on the outside. This is even more reason to do something about those winged termites when you see them.

The Problem With Flying Termites As A Warning Sign

If you're thinking of waiting until you see flying termites before you take measures to protect your property, there are a few things you should know:

  • Termite swarmers are only about ⅜ of an inch long. If one lands on your skin, you're likely to brush it away and think nothing of it.

  • Winged termites swarm for a short period of time, usually no more than about 30 minutes. They can come and go in the time it takes you to watch one television program.

  • Winged termites can take to the air and enter your neighbor's yard, where it may be difficult for you to see them swarming around.

  • Termites swarms can occur at night.

When Should You Do Something About Termites?

Don't wait until you see swarmers. Take action now to prevent termite damage to your home. At Capitol Pest, we give D.C. area property owners two options for ongoing termite protection.

  • Our basic inspection and protection plan: We come out once a year and do an inspection. If termites are detected, we provide treatments at no additional cost.
  • The Sentricon System with Always Active: This is a proactive approach to colony elimination and the prevention of damage to your home. This is provided as a standalone service or you can get this service with our Gold and Platinum pest control plans.

Termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars every year, and in our D.C. area, it isn't a matter of "if" you'll have a termite problem but more a matter of "when." We can help you protect your equity and your retirement from these destructive wood-eating pests. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule service.

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