Wildlife Wednesday: Termite Swarmers

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Wildlife Wednesday: Termite Swarmers

A Sign of a Looming Threat

Welcome to another edition of Wildlife Wednesday! This week, we're diving into the world of termite swarmers, a critical indicator of termite presence in and around your home. As we continue to observe Termite Awareness Week, understanding these winged termites is essential for early detection and prevention of termite infestations.

What Are Termite Swarmers?

Termite swarmers, also known as alates, are the reproductive members of a termite colony. They are easily recognizable by their wings and are often mistaken for flying ants. These swarmers emerge from their colony in large numbers, usually after a rain shower or on a warm, humid day, to mate and establish new colonies.

Why Should You Be Concerned?

The appearance of termite swarmers near your home is a clear sign of a mature termite colony in the vicinity. While the swarmers themselves do not cause damage, their presence indicates that a well-established colony is nearby, potentially posing a threat to your property. Early detection and intervention are crucial to prevent significant structural damage.

What Can You Do?

  • Identification: Learn to differentiate between termite swarmers and flying ants. Termite swarmers have straight antennae, uniform waist, and equal-sized wings, while flying ants have elbowed antennae, pinched waists, and unequal wing sizes.

  • Inspection: Regularly inspect your property for signs of termites, such as mud tubes, wood damage, and discarded wings from swarmers.

  • Professional Help: If you suspect a termite infestation, contact a professional pest control service like Paragon Pest Control immediately. Our experts will provide a thorough inspection and recommend the best course of action to protect your home.

  • Preventive Measures: Reduce moisture around your home, maintain a gap between soil and wood structures, and consider regular termite inspections as part of your home maintenance routine.


Termite swarmers are nature's way of signaling the presence of a nearby termite colony. By staying vigilant and taking proactive measures, you can protect your home from the silent threat of termites. Remember, early detection is key to preventing extensive damage and costly repairs. If you encounter termite swarmers or any signs of termite activity, don't hesitate to reach out to Paragon Pest Control for expert assistance.

Stay tuned for more Wildlife Wednesday insights, and let's keep our homes safe from pests together!