Temperatures are rising in Jacksonville, Florida – meaning spring is just around the corner. One thing you should be aware of though, is when it begins to get warmer, this allows for termite breeding at a faster rate and invading of homes earlier than they normally do. These pesky bugs are called termite swarmers (flying/winged termites).
We created an easy visual to see the difference between flying (winged) termites and flying (winged) ants. They are often confused, as they do look very similar but there are noticeable differences.
If you have winged termites (swarmers) in your home, that means that a potential termite issue is imminent.
Signs of infestation include:
Winged insects emerging in evenings and night attracted to lights or TV.
Discarded wings accumulating around window sills or in spider webs.
Wooden pellets (much smaller that rice grains) accumulating on floors or under furniture. These pellets are cream to reddish-brown or black.
How to tell the difference?
Winged termites can be distinguished from winged ants because termites have a thick waist, straight antennae, and equal-length wings whereas ants have a distinctly thin or wasp-like waist, elbowed antennae, and shorter hind wings than fore wings.
Purpose of a termite swarmer:
The sole purpose of termite swarmers is to reproduce and create new colonies. So if you see them in or around your house, take action quickly to get rid of them.