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It's Warming Up In Longview, Termites Could Be Swarming Up

A colony of termites

We are coming out of a surprisingly cold winter here in Longview. If you are more of a summer person, it must be nice to see temperatures warming up. Termites also thrive in the rising temperatures. As these local insects warm up, they will start to swarm.

If you have not taken the time to research termite season in Longview, we have some things for you to think about today. Call Gecko Pest Control to learn more about our professional Longview pest control options. We have effective solutions for termites and would be happy to help you identify, eliminate, and prevent these pests.

How To Identify A Flying Termite

Termites are not above-ground pests. Subterranean termites have an especially hard time surviving in areas where they cannot keep their body moist. Keeping this in mind, these pests will only send out flying termites, also known as swarmers, on wet days after heavy rainfall. Even in these conditions, swarmers cannot survive outside of the ground for much more than 40 minutes.

Identify these pests inside or around your home by their one-inch-long black bodies and long, opaque, oval-shaped wings. Termites discard these wings before tunneling back underground to start new nests. If you see swarmers or their wings inside your home, this could be a bad sign.

Does Seeing Flying Termites Mean Your Home Has Termites?

Termite swarmers do not have enough time to climb over your home’s exterior and enter in mass through gaps, cracks, and other small entry points. They will, however, fly through open doors and windows if there are no screens to stop them. With this said, if you find over a dozen swarmers inside your home and you don’t have windows and doors open, you might have a serious problem. There is a good chance that these pests crawled inside through existing tunnels made by other termites inside your walls, floors, and ceilings. These tunnels are a clear sign of termites which means your home has an active termite infestation.

To find out for certain if your structural wood is being slowly consumed, bring in our Gecko Pest Control team for an inspection. We will find out what kinds of termites are causing you trouble.

Factors That Attract Flying Termites To Your Home

Termite colonies create swarmers for one reason, to find new places to build nests. When these insects fly around homes, they mainly look for tasty things that would feed their future young. Here are a few items swarmers will be interested to find around your yard:

  • Piles of wet cardboard
  • Leaves, both raked and lying about
  • Sticks
  • Untreated lumber piles
  • Water-damaged structural wood inside your home

The last thing we want is for termites to create a nest in your yard. To make sure this does not happen, you should consider the benefits of professional termite control. With many options for this, it is important that you choose the right company for the job.

The Best Thing To Do About Flying Termites Around Your Home

Gecko Pest Control is a dedicated pest control provider with many service awards to prove our merit. With a focus on customer care and access to unbreakable termite control solutions, we are confident that we have everything you need to combat these destructive insects year-round. Start by scheduling your home for a visit. We will find out if swarmers would be interested in your property and put in place lasting treatments to combat future invaders.

Call Gecko Pest Control now for more information about our services and find a way to stop active termites around your Longview home.