There are several very good products that stop termites in a hurry. The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System is a baiting system, but it can only be installed by licensed professionals. It's clean, quick and uses no liquids that poison the soil. There is
Termidor, a liquid treatment that also kills the termite colony. This product is available on this website. To understand what is involved, click on the Termidor link and read the label to determine if you are capable of performing the treatment.
It all starts on a warm, sunny morning. The previous evening there may have been a rain shower, so the ground is wet and soft. You're sitting there enjoying your morning paper and a cup of java when you first notice a small insect land on the window sill. In a few moments several more bugs alight and now they have your attention. You look around the room and suddenly realize you are not alone. The room is filling up with flying insects. In a matter of a few moments more the room has become dense with flying ant-like pests. In some cases there are so many the light from the windows becomes somewhat blocked.
This common scenario causes most people to call an exterminator in the same way you would call 911 if your kitchen was on fire. It is, without a doubt, a sobering event. So what, you ask, should you do if this occurs? First, the flying insects will do no damage to your belongings, nor can they harm you. Capture a few of the bugs in a bottle so someone can identify them. You need to know if they are, in fact, termites or flying ants.
Trying to stop the emerging insects is a challenge. These are the reproductive stage of the insect and they are bursting out of the ground programmed to find a mate, get back in the ground and create a new colony. As they emerge they are expecting to find wide open spaces only to discover they are on the wrong side of the foundation wall. That's why you see them fly towards the light of the window. They don't want to be inside your house anymore than you want them there. In a few minutes they lose their wings and, unable to get back into the ground, they die.
Many people run for the can of insecticide and start spraying the tiny hole(s) from which these insects are emerging. Actually, any household product like Windex, hairspray or air freshener will work. The foreign agent temporarily makes the insects withdraw to safety. But, the urge to escape their underground tunnels is so inherently strong they soon return.
Most swarms last less than a half hour. You may experience several swarms over a period of several days, but eventually they stop. Don't ignore it and think it is over. Termite colonies immediately begin developing a new generation of swarmers for the next season and if you don't resolve the problem you are bound to have the pleasure of this experience again next year.
Any treatment takes time and waiting only delays things. In fact, if you treat your property late in the year it is most likely you will experience another swarm the following spring. Once the termites have established underground swarm castles where these little guys reside, there is nothing that will stop them from emerging the following season.
29 Apr 2012, 17:43
we had our hous treated on April9 then this week we started seeing the
wingless termites in the kitchen by the back door and in bathroom. is this
normal just after we got treated. the people who did the work say it was
nothing to worry about.
Ask the Exterminator
30 Apr 2012, 09:01
This is called a "secondary swarm" and, in fact, it is nothing to worry
about. However, any additional swarms would be cause for concern.
16 May 2012, 19:18
THIS AFTERNOON I SAW A SWARM OF TERMITES IN MY FRONT YARD. A COUPLE HOURS
LATER THEY WERE IN MY POOL WHICH IS SCREEN IN. DO THIS MEAN I HAVE
TERMITES? HELP!! I LIVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
23 May 2012, 23:18
HELP, Please!!! I have "Swarmers" that come to my house every spring,
almost like clockwork. The house has been treated with Termidor, and my
pest control company says there is no sign of a colony within, underneath,
or around my house. I live in a manufacturer house on 16 acres, which
means the colony could be anywhere. We haven't seen them in a few days, but
all of a sudden they are in each of the bathrooms, around all windows and
found a few in one of our beds. I even had to turn brightness down on
screen b/c they are litterally coming to me since I have the lights turned
off to get them to stop flying. I feel like they are taking over my house.
I have taken the steps to turn off the exterior lights, keep lights off
inside, and bathrooms as dry as possible.
Ask the Exterminator
24 May 2012, 07:11
If the termite swarmers are inside the house you still have a problem.
Insist that your termite company does something about it or demand your
03 Jun 2012, 23:04
we found termites last week in our apartment, no swarms though. They have
been showing up on the stove (the go to the light I'm guessing) and on the
window sills. Our landlord had an exterminator come out twice and put
something in the walls in those two areas about 4 days ago. However, it
doesn't seem to help. This morning we found twice as many in the kitchen
and one on a lamp shade in the living room.
Is it normal to see more after the areas were treated?
Is there some law that states our landlord needs to take care of this right
Ask the Exterminator
04 Jun 2012, 09:03
It all depends on the type of termites. If they are subterranean, a
treatment in the walls will not stop the infestation. If they are dry wood,
a spot treatment may or may not be successful.
There are laws in every state that require landlords to provide a premise
free of pests.
04 Jun 2012, 20:25
Have started seeing swarms inside a back room , coming from ceiling and now
they have started coming from the back kitchen,this weekend had some come
into my bedroom , what do I do? can this be treated with spray or other
form of treatment , can not afford the price tag of $2,500 that was quoted,
Ask the Exterminator
05 Jun 2012, 08:06
$2,500 is a lot for a termite treatment unless you are talking about dry
wood termites that require tent fumigation. Treatments for subterranean
termites on a standard house can be found for well under $1,000. Call in
some more companies for quotations.
01 Jul 2012, 20:26
I notice of more termite holes everyday. Is this normal to still see a lot
of wall holes after the house has been treated by drilled into the
concrete? The treatment was done 20 days ago.
13 Sep 2012, 16:37
Is it normal to still see termites after having termite soil treatment a
week ago. The termites disappeared 3 days after treatment and i notice them
popping out of the walls but in fewer numbers compared to before the
treatment. How long does it take for the termites to stop coming?
13 Sep 2012, 22:27
Hi. I had my home treated for termites today by Terminix. The young man
dug a trench all the way around my home and released 44 gallons of the
treatment substance. My concern is that he did this in the middle of a
torrential downpour. He stated that it would help the absorption of the
chemical, but I would like your professional opinion. I don't want to pay
$900 for a treatment that will not work. Thank you.
Ask the Exterminator
17 Sep 2012, 22:06
If the product they applied was Termidor, the label specifically states "Do
not treat while precipitation is occurring." Get your money back.
17 Mar 2013, 15:42
I just dont know what to do. I am 8 months pregnant, my husband is active
duty and deployed, I have 2 kids and all of a sudden my home is filling
A few days ago it started. i came into the room after a day at work after a
little while looked down to find my floor covered in bugs. terminex came
right out and said i have termites and they are eating my wall. they
continuously come out of my wall. i think this is one thing i cant take.
the charge is 1400 to kill termites, drill in cement, do the ditch around
the home and im not sure what they will do with that wall. they said they
will come out for about 30 days though even after treatment is there
ANYTHING I CAN DO SO THEY STOP COMING OUT OF MY WALL ?!?!?!?! PLEASE
17 Mar 2013, 18:33
I have done the research, and I am certain that I have subterranean
termites. I noticed one winged termite in my window sill the other day, so
I got a product called Bayer Advanced Termite Killer and applied a large
amount to the ground outside under the window where I saw the problem and
watered the product heavily as instructed. Can you tell me if this is
enough to kill these things? I used the same product last year in addition
to an insecticide and they went away...I thought I may not have applied
enough of the killer...I am hoping I don't have to pay the $1400 Terminix
is trying to charge me. Please HELP!!
Ask the Externinator
17 Mar 2013, 20:19
Homeowners don't have the necessary equipment to do a proper termite
treatment. The chemical needs to get down to the footers and under the
concrete or asphalt slab of patios, porches and driveways. Call a pro and
stop wasting your money.
06 Apr 2013, 23:41
Comment: Two years after buying our home we went to put in a new window in
a bathroom. The whole wall caved in. Massive termite damage even though
the home had been covered by a termite company since day one and yearly
inspections turned up nothing. Long story short, it took 6 months, and
$125.000 to rebuild the outside structure of our house. They had to do it
in 4 foot spans at a time to not have the whole thing collapse. Nightmare.
Everything I have seen here on this forum is right on the money. Get a
reputable company, with a comprehensive repair warrantee and keep your eyes
open....on the termites and the company. If something doesn't seem right,
if you haven't seen the company in a while, call them up. This is probably
your biggest investment so keep keep it safe.
09 Apr 2013, 14:21
Hello, we treated our home last fall with the bait system for termites as
we found them in our basement, we repaired the damaged areas and now that
sprng has arrived we are seeing swarms inside our home. Is this normal that
we would see swarms since we treated so late in the prior year??
I want to add that we had a company treat with the bait system all around
the exterior of our home.
I am really freaking out as we are trying to seel our home now and I dont
want anyone to think we are still 'infested'.
25 Apr 2013, 08:11
Good Morning..I had sent a message to link at top of page but 3 weeks have
gone by and I haven't received an answer so I am reaching out to you folks
here for some advice. We had a whole house perimeter (trench and rod)
treatment with termidor in March of 2012. This spring (one year later) a
swarm emerged inside the house. The pest company we used for the treatment
responded quickly, came out and did some interior spot treatment in the
basement. Low and behold we now have termites eating our hardwood
flooring. I contacted the company again, they came out once again, did an
inspection and did one more interior treatment in the basement. I can
still see the termites in the tiny holes in the hardwood. This is, as you
can imagine quite upsetting. Any advice. I am losing trust in the pest
control company. Termidor is rated highly. I do understand from reading
articles that the termites may have found a gap in the perimeter treatment.
How much longer do we wait??...Termidor is stated as eliminating termites
in 90 days. I have waited over one year. Thank you. btw..these are
subterranean termites..we reside in New England.
23 May 2013, 00:05
I live in the panhandle of Florida (Pensacola Beach). Apparently, it is
swarm season here. Lately, I have found what I believe to be termite in my
bathroom toilet. I may see a few on the floor, and maybe one or two near a
light fixture, but ALWAYS in the toilet. This has happened on two seperate
occasions of the last week. I have been looking around to see if this is
normal because there is never more than maybe 15 or so of them, but
everyone talks about winged bugs, and NONE of the ones I am seeing have
wings. Is this normal? Am I missing somethig here? Thanks in advance for
any advise you may be able to offer.
23 May 2013, 09:51
Had our first termite swarm last night in the New Orleans area. My
daughter noticed termites without wings coming into her kitchen through the
stove vent and light fixtures. It seamed to be contained to the kitchen
area.(about 200 in number)
I called Terminex this morning and am scheduling an inspection. they said
it may be nothing to worry about because the termites loose their wings
when trying to enter the house. Is this true?
The house is 40 years old and is a new purchase. We had inspections last
year prior to the purchase.
Ask the Exterminator
30 May 2013, 10:16
Only the reproductive members of a termite colony have wings. They emerge
from the ground, mate and try to return to the ground to start a new
colony. Those winged termites lose their wings shortly after emerging from
If the termites are coming out of the ground and they are inside your
house, you have a termite infestation and you should act on it.
30 May 2013, 13:50
Our house has previously been tented for drywood termites. For the last 2
years at least, we have noticed frass coming out of our front screen door.
Husband didn't want to tent because it is inconvenient - my question is how
much damage could they have done in over 2 years? They have been coming in
the house in several different rooms for the last 2 weeks. Husband finally
had the company who we have a contract with come to inspect but they can't
tent until September because they are too busy!
Ask the Exterminator
30 May 2013, 14:02
Large colonies can damage a couple of board feet of lumber per year.
10 Jun 2013, 00:37
TERMINIX IS A BIG RIP OFF. 1100.00 AND DID NOT GET RID OF THEM. WHEN I
COMPLAINED THEY JUST WANTED MORE MONEY.P.S THEY DO NOT BACK THE WARRANTY.
DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR AND DONT HIRE THEM.
27 Aug 2013, 19:03
My neighbor recently tented their home for termites. Now I have winged
termites in my attic and some have lost their wings. Did they come from
my neighbors house? They seem to be dying and just a few are running
around in attic (we have placed wood on rafters to use for storage purposes
so it is easy to see them running around).
Can they begin a colony without a queen? Please feel free to provide any
details of this situation. Thank you!
24 Sep 2013, 18:28
A few times this summer on really not days, I come home to find swarm
termites at the buttom of a sliding glass door that faces the west, which
gets a nice bit of sun in the afternoon. The termites are on the inside
but sometimes I find them on the inside of the sliding screen door that is
outside the glass door. Basically about 20 termites on the floor next to
the screen door and about 5 on the screen door between the glass door. I
want to speculate that the termites are coming from my neighbors garage
which obviously has termite damage and is 10 feet away from my sliding
screen/glass door. Are these termites coming from my walls by the sliding
glass door trying to get out to the heat or are they coming from my
neighbors garage trying to come into my building. This only happens on
really hot (95+ degree) days.
Ask the Exterminator
27 Sep 2013, 10:19
If you are finding termites inside the glass door you should have your home
checked for an infestation.
08 Nov 2013, 23:05
My sunroom was treated after finding swarmers all over the floor. The
nt was Monday and now 5 days later I am still seeing swarmers. Is this
normal? How many days will they swarm out after being treated?