Termite Swarms & Spring Reproduction

Why Is Finding Wings a Sign of Termites?

Ever wonder why termites lose their wings during spring, leaving them behind on your windowsills?

Hope Bowman, Board-Certified Entomologist and Technical Specialist for Western explains that it’s all a part of the termite reproduction process.

“Termites usually don’t swarm until the colony reaches a certain size. Typically it takes 3-5 years for a colony to produce reproductives. In spring, they’ll fly away from the colony.”

During this process, termites will mate in the air and land, losing their wings in the process. Why?

“The purpose of the swarm is to begin a new colony in a new area, so termites that have mated no longer need their wings, they produce a number of eggs, with the hope that some will survive in the new location.”

Occasionally, termites will swarm for other reasons, including stress in the colony or reactions after termite treatment.

“It’s the termites’ attempt to make sure the colony survives.”

Termite Prevention & Removal

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When swarming, there’s no telling where the termites will land. The best way to protect your home is to treat for termites proactively so that you know you’re covered.

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