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Termite Swarms

Summary: Anyone who has been through subterranean termite swarms can tell you that it happens so fast and the number of swarming termites is so great that it is an experience you are unlikely to forget.

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.

Termite Swarmer

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.

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Avis Courteaux
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
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 money back.
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 away?
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, please help!
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?
Shana Bridges
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 with bugs.

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
Ms. Smith
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.
Brianna Scott
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 the ground.

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.
clint wilson
10 Jun 2013, 00:37
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 treatme
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?

wilson mago
31 Mar 2014, 08:27
My house is only 5.5 years old. I am living in north florida. My termite company did the original soil treatment using boarcare. In Feb, 2013, my termite company did sentricon for me since 5 year passed from original soil treatment. I always renew my termite contract on time each year. Last Thursday, I saw swarmers out under refrig. Immediate called my termite company. They sent someone within 15 min. The guy found they came out from pipe to refrig. He sprayed some chemical and said I may see swarmers out from a different location within a few days since they can not go back after he sprayed. Yesterday, I saw swarmers out from the gap of my cement board close to the original swarmer location. I called today and he said it is normal. But he is back tomorrow to double check everything. Does the whole thing make any sense? I am completely freak out..... Thanks!
wilson mago
02 Apr 2014, 08:47
The termite guy came back. He thinks the 2nd swarms were from the same colony due to the close proximity. Sprayed more chemical foam. Upon my insist, he installed 3 more Sentricon always active stations. We did find active termite in one sentricon station.....

Any suggestion what to do next?

jill s.
19 Apr 2014, 15:31
I had my home sprayed for termites several years ago and kept the yearly payment until last year because Shamrock Termite control would come out, look around my house outside and say there were no mud pods and refuse to spray even though I believe I had termites still. Today a swarm came landed at my patio glass door and I sprayed them with Raid since that was all I had. Then they started coming from around the light switch by the door. Don't trust termite co's now. What to do
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