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Do Flying Termites Mean A Termite Infestation?

Have you seen flying termites around your home, and wondering what it means? Read GC Pest Control's guide to find out!

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At GC Pest Control, we believe strongly in the adage of ‘prevention being better than cure when termites. Being vigilant and keeping an eye on any potential threat is a terrific way to prevent damage to your home. 

Along with getting regular, either six monthly or annual Termite Inspections (which will be guided by your technician), make sure you stay vigilant by watching for tell-tale signs to prevent a termite infestation. A big sign to look out for are flying termites, also known as alates.

What Are Termite Alates?

Alates is a term given to many insects with wings, including termites. Flying termite alates are tasked to leave the nest to begin a new termite colony, sometimes not too far from their parent colony. They come out when there’s a change in humidity, and some termite species leave the nest on the same day or night. When the alates start their new colony, they shed their wings and become kings or queens and are responsible for reproduction.

Termite Alates Swarm

Should You Be Worried About Termite Alates?

Knowing that termite alates sometimes don’t venture too far to begin a second colony, seeing alates can be worrying. It could mean there’s a termite nest within or near your home, and another settlement is about to start nearby.

What Should You Do If You See Termite Alates?

Book a Termite Inspection and describe what you’ve seen, the frequency of the latest (winged termites) flying, and how many you’ve seen—seeing alates should reaffirm the importance of your Termite Management System. If you have an up to date system, there should be nothing to worry about, and chances are the alates have come from outside your home. But it’s still essential to book an inspection.  

What Will You Look For In An Inspection?

As flying termites alates leaving the nest and starting a new colony could happen in one night, our termite inspectors won’t be looking for flying termites. We’ll be looking for evidence of termite nests. We’ll check throughout your property, including grounds, walls, roof, trees, stumps, fences and retaining walls. We’ll ensure it is up to date if you have a Termite Management System in places, such as a Chemical Termite Barrier or a Termite Baiting and Monitoring System. And if you don’t have a system in place, we’ll recommend the best options.

Our team is happy to discuss your options to protect your home from flying termites. Get in touch with GC Pest Control here.

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