This is Katie with Advanced Termite and Pest Control. I’m here with Wayne and he’s going to talk a little bit about the upcoming termite swarmer season that hits Charleston every spring. What do we need to know about this Wayne?
Swarmer season is quickly approaching in the low country. Are you prepared? Subterranean termite swarmers occur every spring and are a natural part of the termite lifecycle. Eastern subterranean termites swarm in March to early May. Formosan subterranean termites swarm late May through June. Formosan, termite colonies produce swarmers that fly out of colonies by the 1000s, one colony can produce 70,000 swarmers in any given evening flying towards lights in and around homes, with many crawling inside. After dropping their wings, Formosan termites swarmers have no body or chewing mouthparts and do not cause any damage to your home. Their goal is to start a new colony around your home, which may eventually infest your home and cause damage. If you find swarmers in your home do not panic. However you should collect some swarmers in a bag or a jar and call a licensed or trained expert with experience in handling Formosan infestations to inspect the swarmers you collected and inspect your property to verify the source of the swarmers. The source is one of the following; significant termite activity close to your home including infestation. Formosan termites have been identified as infesting at least 17 different tree species in the low country and Formosan termites have the ability to cause 1000’s of dollars in damage in just a few months. Homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage. This is not a risk that homeowner can afford to take. It is possible that Formosan termites can cause as much as 75 to $1 million in damage to structures in the low country each year. On average, this is more than storms, hurricanes and fires combined. Keep your home protected by a reputable termite company that has experience and cover Formosan termites. If you’re currently a customer and you’re experiencing subterranean swarmers, call Advanced Termite and Pest control it 843-795-6767
Thank you so much Wayne, that’s great information for any other questions you might have regarding swarmers. Like Wayne said, Please give our office a call and we’d be happy to talk about it with you. Thanks so much.
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