What Termites Could Mean for Your Gilbert Property
April 15, 2021
Termite Season in Arizona
Spring in Arizona is a beautiful time. March and April bring beautiful temperatures for getting outside and enjoying all our state has to offer. But as we enjoy the spring and prepare for the heat of summer, it is easy to forget about a small pest that could be doing major damage to your Gilbert, AZ home. Just like people and other animals, termites become more active as the weather heats up. While termite season in Arizona is year-round, spring is when they are most active. In the spring, termite colonies release their swarmers to seek out new nesting locations, which could include your home or property.
Workers, Soldiers, Swarmers
Termites are social insects, living together in colonies. Termites within a colony have three different roles. They are either workers, soldiers, or swarmers.
- Workers build and repair the colony while also foraging for food.
- Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony, fighting over intruders.
- Swarmers are responsible for expanding the colony and creating new colonies.
Finding swarmers in or around your Gilbert property should a red flag as a homeowner. While they do not actually eat the wood in your home, the presence of swarmers is a strong indication that you have a termite issue.
Termite Swarms Outside
Termite swarms outside can be difficult to spot if you aren’t looking in the right place at the right time because they are usually only in the air for a short period of time. You may even confuse the swarm for a group of flying ants. If you see a termite swarm on your property, you should know that they most likely came from close by and are looking for a suitable place to expand their colony. Quick action on your part as a homeowner can help eliminate these newly formed colonies before they become a larger problem.
Swarmers Inside The House
While an outdoor termite swarm is an indication you may have a developing termite problem, finding signs of termite swarms within your home is a clear sign that you already have a problem. You don’t have to see the swarm to know it is happening either. You should be on the lookout for signs like discarded wings that alert you to their presence. Swarmers drop these wings after they have found a mate and are ready to start a new colony, and they are usually found near entry points like doorframes and windows. Seeing or finding signs of swarms indoors is a sign that you have an active termite issue inside your home.
What You Can Do To Prevent Swarmers
Despite their small size, it is estimated that termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes each year, most of which won’t be covered by Homeowners Insurance. These simple steps can help keep swarmers from turning your property into their new colony:
- Keep moisture away from your home by making sure your gutters are working properly and your HVAC is not leaking or producing excess condensation.
- If you store firewood outside, make sure it is off the ground and at least 20 feet from your home.
- Make sure debris piles, especially with organic material like leaves, limbs, or fallen trees are removed from your property as quickly as possible.
- Make it difficult for termites to access your home’s foundation by creating a buffer of at least 6 inches between any mulch and your home's foundation.
Call The Profesionals
If you see any signs of a termite swarm around your Gilbert home, contact us at All Clear Pest Control for a free inspection as soon as possible. Our trained technicians will come to your home, check for signs of termites, and discuss anything you may have seen as a homeowner. They will help you build a prevention plan that includes taking care of any current problem areas and creating a system to keep termites away long term.