Welcome again to the faith Pest Control podcast and folks, termites are swarming termites are swarming. Yes, in North Georgia in Jasper, in Ellijay, in Blue Ridge, and Ball Ground, in Canton and Woleska, the termites are coming the termites are swarming. And there’s no better expert in the wor
Welcome again to the faith Pest Control podcast and folks, termites are swarming termites are swarming. Yes, in North Georgia in Jasper, in Ellijay, in Blue Ridge, and Ball Ground, in Canton and Woleska, the termites are coming the termites are swarming. And there’s no better expert in the world to tell you in North Georgia and in Jasper and Ball Ground Canton & Waleska. What to do about the swarming termites? You know, you see those termites. You see them swarming, you need to know certain things. And Fred, tell us all about it.
Well, Mikey, termites in Jasper, Georgia, and our surrounding areas are so similar to most other areas in the southeastern United States. The danger is that they the existence of the termites themselves can remain undetected for long periods of time, which couldn’t allow them to do serious damage without being discovered. Now, you know, I’m gonna specifically talk about the swarmers are the reproductive cast of the termite colony. Today, in a lot of times, that is the first indication that someone has termites in their home termites are, are considered truly social insects. Therefore, the Queen dictates when it’s time for a colony to cast a swarm. The know now what it means when a colony does cast a swarm, that’s an indication that it is a mature colony in you might also think of that as a large colony. The swarmers are actually the reproductive cast of the colony. Their job is to, there’s both male and female swarmers. Their job is to mate procreate, and then find a suitable place in the ground to establish another colony. The success rate to the best of my recollection, is only in the two or 3% range, most of the swarmers actually die without being, you know, successfully reproducing the swarm cast, that that part of the termite colony does no damage to your home, none whatsoever. What they are, is evidence in the indication that a mature colony exist, which does damage your home. Now, this is the this is the third week of March 2021. We had our first swarm call a week ago today actually had two calls, but we could go today. And then the following Monday, we had one swarm call. So right now we’re in the heat of the season. Force warmers most often during the spring time, swarms can be somewhat abrupt, they just happen all of a sudden, and they are overwhelming because there are 1000s of a lot of people confuse them with with flying ants. But we’re not here to discuss that part today. But there are 1000s of them and you think oh my god, that they will generally come out on the interior of your home. So they their their lifespan generally is measured in hours
so that they will die relatively quickly. Like I said, they’re not they don’t do any damage to your home. But you can use almost anything to kill them you can use soapy water to kill them. If if that for humans they present more of a nuisance than anything else. Generally speaking, a colony that is mature enough to swarm but is has just reached that point of maturity will generally only swarm once per season per season, but colonies can swarm two or more times during the season dependent on the size of the colony. The first swarm will be the most intense, with the second lighter swarms being you know the less intensity they will they will swarm most frequently and with the greatest intensity during the early spring. environmental conditions such as the temperature humidity level, light conditions barometric pressure, heavily influenced when termites swarm swarmers, emerge will emerge on a warm, sunny day when the humidity is high conditions frequent on days following rain showers. That’s my own personal observation is that a colony will cast the swarm in early spring. Generally, the day after it rains, if the temperature reached seven degrees, before noon, noon, they are attracted to light. So you are likely to see a swarm begin, say begin, ie, a lot of times you don’t know from where in the house, the swarm originates, sometimes you can find it, sometimes you can’t. A lot of times, the only thing you’re gonna see as a homeowner is wings and or bodies and wings in a wind to sail or in front of the door. If it has a window in it or in front of a window, you know on the floor, they are they are naturally are attracted to the light, they go to the likes, they know that they need to mate and get to the ground. swarmers are not good fliers. And the wing shed after relatively moderate loose, moderate use not moderate loose, swarm flights are brief. And sometimes can rely on prevailing winds to carry the insects on their way. Now, if you if you’re outside, very, very, very common to see the termite swarm out of a stop. It’s pretty amazing to see if you’re a bug guy, you’re a homeowner, it’s probably if you see termites swarm out of a stump, it’s probably a good time to have your house inspected fo