Last month, we explained the who, what, when, where, and why of swarm season. So what do you do if you find winged bugs flying around in your biggest investment—your home—this spring? Here are five steps the experts recommend.
1. Get help. Many pest management firms will do an inspection for free. Termite damage is slow but steady, so although it needs to be stopped, you have time to make the best decision.
2. Identify the enemy. Flying bugs could be termites, but they also could be ants or pantry pests. Catch one in a bag or jar to help with identification. Physical traits of flying (“swarming”) termites and ants can easily be confused. Ants have a narrow waist, and termites have straight antennae.
3. Know your options. Used since the 1950s, liquid barrier treatments inject a chemical insecticide into the soil around and even beneath your home to stop the termites. Another approach, the Sentricon® System, eliminates the underground termite colony. The original Sentricon System, introduced in 2000 continues to be the only termite product to ever win the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
4. Conquer the queen. You need a product that doesn’t just kill individual termites—your response should kill the entire termite colony. The colony is a complex hierarchy of termites who depend on each other for survival and who protect and care for the termite queen. Her job is to produce offspring and, depending on the species, has the amazing ability to produce up to 1 million eggs in her lifetime. Bottom line is: you kill the termites in the colony, no one can care for the termite queen, and she – and her ability to reproduce – dies.
5. Take action to avoid termite swarming altogether by eliminating colonies. Preventative treatments are becoming the norm as pest management professionals seek to help homeowners avoid pest problems before they occur. The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” is especially true for termites ─ flying termites known as swarmers in a home are a sign of a mature colony, and that usually means damage already has occurred. But the lack of swarming termites in your home does not mean your home is not being attacked.
The ant is on the left; the termite, on the right!
Visit Sentricon.com to learn more about the No. 1 brand in termite protection. Developed through extensive research on termite behavior, Sentricon targets the whole termite colony. Installed by a Certified Sentricon Specialist®, the bait stations are placed in a protective ring around the perimeter of the home. Termites eat the bait in the stations and share it with the rest of the colony, eventually eliminating the entire colony, including the termite queen. No queen. No colony. No problem!