What To Do About Termite Swarmers In Austin


Termites are ant-like insects that are deemed as wood-destroying pests. Termites do benefit the environment by assisting with breaking down fallen branches, and other sources of wood. Statewide, the three most common termite species include eastern subterranean termites, formosan subterranean termites, western dry wood termites, and desert damp wood termites.

At different times throughout the year, these species of termites will congregate in swarms as part of their mating process. "Swarmers" or alates have wings that allow for flight, which they later shed. 

Pest Control In Austin

An experienced pest control professional in Austin knows how to detect termites and what is the best termite treatment to deploy based on the unique property conditions and the extent of the infestation. Knowing how to treat your home for termites safely is also a critical aspect of handling these infestations.

What Do Termite Swarmers Look Like?

Some of the most common questions involve how to detect termites and how long do termite swarms last? Noticing a swarm of termites is among the best means of detecting an infestation on your property.

Termite swarms are often mistaken as being groups of flying ants, which appear very similar.

Formosan subterranean alates usually appear in a light, pale shade and range in size from ¼ to ½ of an inch long, while the eastern subterranean alates appear much darker or black.

Termite Swarmers Could Be The First Warning Sign

Swarming most commonly occurs on a warm day, particularly after having rainfall. Many property owners first become aware of termite activity after noticing swarms of eastern subterranean termites. Formosan subterranean termite swarms usually gather after dark, particularly around Mother’s Day in early May.

How Long Do Termite Swarms Last?

The swarming process usually ends within one hour; however, alates may swarm daily for a couple of weeks. The termite life cycle begins when a queen lays eggs. The eggs soon hatch, and nymphs appear. Nymphs develop through a molting process that extends to adulthood.

How Do You Get Rid Of Termite Swarmers?

Avoid the mistake that many individuals make by purchasing do-it-yourself home treatment options sold by online retailers and local stores. Most of these traps, granular formulas, and aerosol sprays can deliver only short-term results that prolong the infestation and create further aggravation.

A properly trained expert understands how to treat your home for termites and what is the best termite treatment plan for your property. The technicians with Roberts Termite & Pest Control have many of the most effective termite treatment options in the market at their disposal.

The Sentricon with Always Active option involves carefully positioned baiting stations that attract termites and have proven to be effective against large colonies. This Sentricon product is “always active” because it will kill termites 24 hours per day.

Termidor is another excellent option in the form of a liquid that absorbs into the soil surrounding the exterior of the structure’s foundation. Unlike many competitors, this formula remains undetectable to termites, which makes direct exposure or ingestion much more likely.

Another product we deploy is a liquid termiticide called Altriset, which is primarily a preventative option. After being applied by a pest control professional, this product can prevent termites for nine years or more—truly long-lasting protection.

The Termatrac Monitoring System is an innovative system that can detect moisture using radar and thermal technology. The Termatrac system ensures that all termite activity is detected, located, and tracked in real-time.

Experienced Local Pest Control Company

The trained specialists with Roberts Termite & Pest Control have several decades of experience providing solutions for residential and commercial customers in the Austin region. In addition to termites, our experts are prepared to implement an effective home pest control and commercial pest control treatment plan that will oust intruders such as bed bugs, rodents, and types of wildlife that are undesirable and potentially dangerous.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Remember to ask about our year-round protection plans, such as our Silver, Gold, and Platinum package options. All three programs eliminate the most common pests, including spider web removal, and involve interior and exterior treatment. 

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