Not certain how you all feel, but this guy is really tired of shorts one day and Arctic gear the next.

According to the Calendar on my desk we are now into “Spring”…spring storms, rising temperatures, and bugs! Yes, it’s that time again, so be on the lookout for our little winged friends…swarming termites. We are already seeing swarming ants, but swarming termites look different and should be treated accordingly. Below is a key to help you identify.

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With the April rains and rising temperatures/humidity there is one insect property owners prefer not to see…TERMITES. One day, real soon, many of you will be outside and you will be saying, “It’s too hot for snow flurries or look at all those flying ants.” Well, it is too hot for snow flurries and no, those are not flying ants. What you are witnessing is the termite swarm that occurs every year. This is their time to leave the nest, find a mate and begin a whole new colony. Moisture and heat trigger this “flight of the termite.” Generally, we will only experience one swarm per season, but in the years past I have seen multiple swarms especially when we have had a late season cold front right after a period of high temperatures and rain. Additionally, the swarming will usually begin around the coastal areas and proceed inland as the ground and air warms.

Should you experience termite swarmers in the interior of your home, please contact a pest control company before cleaning up the insects. This will allow the technician to better identify the location of activity. Hopefully, you will not experience the interior swarm as this generally means the termites have been in walls for quite some time and the degree of damage may be severe. Termites are and will be an insect that we will have to deal with in our area. It has been said that are only two types of properties…those that have termites now and those that will have termites.

With that being said, what should you do to protect your property? First, have your property inspected by a licensed pest control operator that performs termite inspections and knows what to look for. Conducive conditions should be identified and corrected. A preventative treatment should always be considered in our region and especially for those properties with multiple conducive conditions.

Termite treatments vary due to the type of termite, construction type, area of activity and economics. However, conventional chemical and baiting systems are the treatment types most utilized in our area. Some companies offer both forms of treatment and should be able to discuss the benefits of each so that you can make the best decision for your property and budget. Cost is not the only item to make your decision on. You should take into consideration how long the company has been in business and performing termite treatments, the contract, the warranty, the type of chemical or baiting system being offered and the individual performing the service. In most situations you should not feel rushed into making your decision. Even if you have termites active in your home, a few more days to research will not cause your property to fall apart. Make the right decision for you and your property.

If you would like to prevent unwanted insects from entering your property; tired of chasing fire ants around your lawn and wish to do something more exciting; or, couldn’t sit outside for than more than 5 minutes before the mosquitoes sent you inside…there are alternatives. Don’t Wait one minute longer….Give us a call and we can discuss what’s “Bugging” you.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on any of our pest control services, please contact me at Chase Pest Control. Our office number is 936-441-2847 or by email at Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors.