It’s unusual to see subterranean termites swarming this time of year but it happens. We usually see a spring swarm in the East Cooper area. They usually swarm in the early morning or evening. Sometimes after it rains, the termites emerge from the ground with wings and are attracted to lights around your home. We have had an extremely humid fall. We have experienced lots of rain from tropical storms and hurricanes. Check out this video taken November 1st, 2017.
A humid environment makes a great opportunity for the termites to swarm. They need humidity or moisture to survive or they will die quickly. Shortly after the swarmers land, they will drop their wings. The wingless subterranean swarmers often look like a golden grain of rice. Ants will often swarm too this time of year. We have provided a picture so you can tell the difference.
If you are seeing 15-20 swarmers around or inside your house, there usually is nothing to be concerned about. They can enter through cracks in doors, windows, etc. If they cannot make their way back to the ground, they will die because they need moisture to survive. No further action should be necessary. However, if you are seeing hundreds or thousands of swarmers in your house, please call us.