Whether you spot one inside or outdoors, a termite swarm can be an unnerving problem. However, there is an added bit of anxiety with yard swarms that can throw a homeowner into a “do I have an infestation or not” spiral.

As we approach that time of year when termite swarms begin, you can never be too careful if you do spot one in your yard.

So, take a deep breath, keep a sharp eye, and follow these top five tips for stopping termites from swarming in your yard.

before you can stop the termite swarm you need to know what to look for

1. Know the Warning Signs

Before you can stop a swarm, you must know what you’re looking for. Termite “swarmers” are winged adults, and they often pop up from an underground nest. They can also emerge through exit holes in wooden structures where they’ve made their home, like walls, floorboards, or other objects. Hundreds of these small brown or black-winged insects will make their way up and begin their mating dance. Often, swarms will occur during specific periods, depending on the type of termite. This could range from spring during the day, summer, or early fall.

These swarms usually happen on a warm day; they will fly toward a light source and these sessions can last about a half-hour. After the creatures complete their swarm, they must quickly return to the soil or hiding spot to regain lost moisture. Otherwise, any unlucky termites that aren’t quick enough can end up dying.

2.  Make Sure That You Don’t Have Ants

If you do see a swarm of flying insects, don’t go into panic mode yet. In fact, you might not be looking at termites at all. Carpenter ants can often be confused for termites as they look remarkably similar, especially from a distance. Both insects swarm, have wings, and typically around the same time. While ants can be destructive, they are not nearly on the same danger level as termites.

To be sure you have termites and not ants, take a closer look. Ants are segmented, have large forewings, and elbowed antennae. Termites, on the other hand, have straight antennae, wings of identical length, and straight waists. Also, if you see any discarded wings, it’s a sure sign that you have termites, as flying ants do not discard their wings.

3. Know the Type

There are various species of termites, but the two most frequent visitors most homes encounter are Subterranean and dry wood termites. It’s critical to know what you have since each requires a different strategy. Plus, depending on the species, it can be harder to find the source of the infestation if you are looking for the wrong type.

  • Subterranean Termites: Often nest underground. These termites use mud tubes to protect themselves from dehydrating as the move from place to place. You can often find them along walls or foundations. Subterranean termites tend to swarm in the daytime in spring, typically between the months of March and June.
  • Drywood Termites: Often nest in wood. You can find them in woodpiles or wooden surfaces. Unfortunately, this type is hard to spot, as they don’t leave any evidence until they are a problem, including hollow or bubbling wood. These termites tend to swarm in the evening during summer to late fall, and they require less moisture than Subterranean termites.

Depending on the type of infestation you have, handling your problem can have very different steps. If you aren’t sure what type of termite you have swarming in your yard, you can always refer to a pest control expert for advice.

4. Check for Infestation

So, you’ve found termites swarming in your yard. It’s time to check for any signs of infestation in your home or around your property. Inspect your property looking for warning signs. This could be mud tubes on your foundation, hollow wood, or damaged trees on your property. Check the soil; some termites will build their nests deep in the soil. Unfortunately, swarms may be the only visual sign you may come across on your own.

Before you run out the door and start spraying swarms, remember to keep calm. Swarming doesn’t necessarily mean you have termites in your house. However, if they are close by, you need to act quickly.

Subterranean termites can cause damage to the ground, and this could cause issues depending on how close it is to your home. The closer they are to your home, the higher likelihood they can find their way inside. Drywood termites are often found in wood. They burrow holes into the surface, and unfortunately, are the hardest to spot. Check your home’s exterior and interior thoroughly and reach out to an expert.

termite swarms usually happen on warm days

5. Schedule an Inspection

Sometimes the only way to find an infestation is to have a professional pest control expert evaluate the situation. While it is possible to spot evidence of a swarm or even find signs that they are burrowed close to your home, termites are notoriously difficult to deal with. If you spot activity near your home, it’s best not to take chances. Most pest control experts will offer a free to low-cost inspection. Compared to the possible damage these pests can inflict, calling a professional may be the best option.

Concluding Thoughts

If you have spotted a swarm near your home, remember; don’t panic. The best way to approach a possible infestation is quickly and with a clear head. Make sure what you have is termites, try to identify the type, and check your home for possible signs of an invasion. To protect your home and family, it’s a good idea to refer to a pest control specialist to tackle your termite problem and put your mind at ease. Don’t waste time worrying about an infestation; stomp it out today.



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