As the spring season draws closer, it brings with it many pleasant changes such as warm weather, new life, and sunny days. However, the warmth of springtime also brings pests of all kinds as well. One destructive pest that is especially active during this season is the termite. If you are out during this time of the year, you might notice large swarms of flying termites in and around your home. These winged termites, also known as swarmers, are a warning sign of current and future termite activity around your home.
Termite swarmers, or alates as they are sometimes called, are the future kings and queens of termite colonies. They are relatively small, have two sets of wings, and usually have a beige or white coloration.
During the spring, termite swarmers emerge from their colonies and congregate with swarmers from other nearby colonies. These groups are often extremely numerous, and it is this act that gives the alates the name “swarmers.” These swarms occur at different parts of the day depending on the species. Some species, such as subterranean termites, gather during the day; while others, such as Formosan termites, gather at night. The swarming seasons of all nearby nests are usually synchronized, and this allows large numbers of candidates for new colonies to be gathered at once during this season.
Once they have collected together, the swarmers will mate, and afterwards descend, lose their wings, and become the king or queen of a new termite colony. These new colonies can pose a threat to your home if they are established in close enough proximity to the structure.
Termite swarmers do not eat cellulosic material, and therefore they pose no direct threat to your home. However, swarmers are both a sign of current termite activity on your property as well as a potential future threat should they establish a new colony nearby. For this reason, if you identify termite swarmers on your home, it is important to have an inspection of the property by a professional pest service as soon as possible. A trained technician can identify any active termite infestations and provide any necessary preventative treatment to deal with future colonies.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with termites. Our highly trained technicians can inspect your property, identify any signs of potential termite activity, and provide you with the best treatment solutions to eliminate termites and keep them away from your home permanently!
So if you are seeing termite swarmers around you property, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
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There are several types of pests that are particularly good at remaining undetected while active inside your home. Of those pests, one of the most common is the silverfish.
Silverfish are small insects. They are grayish-blue in coloration, and are approximately 3/4 inch in length. They are often described as “teardrop shaped” and have three long bristles extending from the rear of their body. As they develop, silverfish undergo the process of gradual metamorphosis, and for this reason they are indistinguishable in appearance from when they hatch to adulthood.
Silverfish can survive in almost any environmental conditions, however they typically prefer dark areas with high humidity. Areas that fit this description are plentiful around the home, and many times silverfish can be found in secluded areas such as basements, vents, storage areas, and bathrooms. Silverfish are nocturnal, and will spend the daylight hours in hiding. Their nocturnal habits as well as their choice of generally secluded spaces can make it very difficult for homeowners to locate the source of a silverfish infestation.
Silverfish can reproduce relatively quickly. Though rates of reproduction vary by species, in some cases each individual female can lay clusters of eggs daily. In areas of high humidity, silverfish reproduce more quickly, and can become a major problem in your home in a short period of time.
The diet of the silverfish consists almost entirely of carbohydrates. They feed on almost any kind of starch or sugar, and can consume cellulose products, shampoos, glue, paper, and dead insects. Silverfish are notorious for getting inside food storage containers. Once they are inside, they will contaminate the food and this can cause a great deal of food waste if left unchecked.
While they do not cause any structural damage to homes, silverfish can ruin any papers, clothing, and food they are able to access. This can be a major frustration for homeowners because it is often difficult to identify what pest is causing the damage and where the source of the infestation is located within the home.
Like many pests, the best way for homeowners to deal with silverfish is to prevent an infestation in the first place. Removing conditions that are conducive for infestation, such as high humidity in vents and crawlspaces, can help to keep silverfish out of secluded areas in and around your home.
If an infestation is already active inside your home, it can be difficult to deal with without professional assistance. Many DIY pest products only work to eliminate silverfish while they are moving at night, and therefore do nothing to deal with the source of the infestation. If you are dealing with a severe infestation of silverfish, it is almost always easier to rely on a professional pest service to eliminate the problem.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team has decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, locate the source of the problem, and provide you with the best solutions to deal with your particular situation!
So if you are having problems with silverfish, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!