Flying termites aren't a species of termite. All termite species produce termites that can fly. When a colony reaches maturity, male and female reproductives are birthed with the singular purpose of establishing a new colony near the old one, to expand their termite kingdom. Having wings makes that job easier. If you're exploring this article because you've found termites in your St. Louis home, here are a few things you'll want to know.
Terror from the sky?
Termites don't take to the sky and fly all over the city looking for a place to call home. These termites, known as “swarmers” are actually not great at flying at all and their life span is fairly short. Many times, homeowners only notice them when they find piles of deceased swarmers around their property.
Where are these flying termites coming from?
Almost always, when homeowners find these winged termites, it is because there is a colony somewhere close. It is a horrible thought, but it's true. They could have come from a neighbor's house, a nearby tree or rotted stump or inside your own walls. But wherever they came from, you're going to want to have your home inspected by a termite control professional. This is not a pest you want to mess around with. You might be able to shrug off an exterior swarm, but if you find them inside your house, that is a sure sign that there is a colony closer than you would like.
What do I do about these flying termites?
The first step is an inspection. If you need a termite inspection in St. Louis, call Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Not only do we have trained specialists and the most advanced termite solutions available, we will perform termite inspections free of charge for your home to determine the best way to treat and prevent this from happening to you again. Flying termites are not a sign you want to ignore. Get an inspection and get protected.