by Glen Miller
April 17, 2019
It’s spring and the termite “swarmers” are coming out! Adult reproductive termites are dark-brown to blackish insects, about 3/8 inch-long. They are called “swarmers”, their job is to mate and start new colonies.
Termite swarmers may or may not have wings, as their wings often are shed shortly after flight. Swarming termites are often confused with ants but can be distinguished by two simple characteristics:
- Termites do not have a “pinched” waist like ants.
- Termite wings are equal in length, where ants have distinctly longer front wings.
Although termite swarmers can occasionally enter homes through open doors or windows, finding termite swarmers indoors is a reliable signal of infestation. Termite swarms can occur throughout the year, but are most commonly seen in the spring. If you see what you believe to be termites call TRS Extermination at 513-604-6332 to schedule a free termite inspection.