From March through May, after the heavy rains and just as the weather starts to get warmer, is when homeowners start to be plagued by pests once again after a momentarily calmer period in the winter when they sometimes go dormant. Termites are one pest at the top of the "most dreaded" list. Evidence of termite damage is quick to lead to panic, as it causes billions of dollars in damages every year around the United States. 

Fortunately, seeing flying termites around your property isn’t necessarily a sign of impending catastrophe, as it indicates the presence of a termite colony nearby, but not always inside your home. That being said, it is still important to learn about the best way to get rid of termites as they can still burrow holes into wooden structures. Birmingham pest control experts will explain how to recognize evidence of termite damage while also covering the best termite treatments to tackle your termite problem safely and effectively.

How To Identify Flying Termites

If you suspect the presence of active termites from seeing flying termites around your property, you are correct in that it is a sign of an infestation nearby, although it does not necessarily mean that it is in your home.  

  • Flying termites, also known as swarmers, are a beige or tan color, with two generally straight antennae, and two sets of white and translucent wings.
  • Flying termites have a straight waist, as opposed to flying ants, which have a pinched waist.
  • The season for flying termites is generally spring.
  • You might see shed termite wings around your home.

While evidence of termite damage is often a sure sign that you are dealing with a termite infestation, simply seeing swarmers on your property can mean a few things.

What It Means If You're Seeing Swarmers On Your Property

First, it is crucial to do an inspection to determine if there are signs of termites inside your house. While seeing swarmers on your property does not necessarily mean that the infestation is in your home, it is still important to find out if you have active termites, as they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. If it is determined that the flying termites just found temporary refuge in your home and are not actually damaging it, you might not have a need for termite treatments.

Swarmers are the reproductive members of the colony that leave to seek out a location to establish colonies of their own. When you see swarmers on your property, it may mean that they're scouting for a location and haven't invaded your home yet. However, they can also be a warning sign of an existing infestation that will need to be stopped as soon as possible. For more information on assessing the threat in your Birmingham home, contact Pest Control Experts for a consultation. 

Natural Ways To Make Your Property Less Attractive To Termites

It is possible to make your property less attractive to termites. Some of the ways you can do this include:

  • Remove yard debris and keep landscaping trimmed back from your home.
  • Eliminate wood-to-soil contact on your home's exterior, including moving mulch away from your home.
  • Divert water away from your foundation from gutters, air conditioners, and other exterior sources of moisture.

Unfortunately, once termites have entered your home and established a colony, prevention methods are no longer useful, and you'll need to enlist professional help.

The Best Way To Protect Your Property From Termites

The most effective way to protect your property from termites is with professional assistance from Pest Control Experts. We can inspect your property, find out the type and size of an infestation, and rid your home of these damaging pests for good. If you suspect a termite infestation, call Pest Control Experts today to stop the damage from progressing any further.