What It Means If You See Flying Termites Around Las Vegas


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Some pests are masters at staying hidden from view and keeping their activities to themselves. This poses real problems for homeowners, who often only have a small window to act before pests do irreparable damage to our health and home. That’s especially true of termites, who toil away for weeks or months before the signs of their activity become obvious. When it comes to termites, the flying variety that you’re more likely to see this time of year are often the most noticeable sign of termite activity. It pays for homeowners to be on the lookout.

What Are Termite Swarmers?

Those flying termites, commonly known as swarmers, are actually called alates. They are the most important members of the termite colony. Not only are they the only variety of termite that is born with wings, but alates are the only type that can reproduce. These swarmers seek out ideal spots to start new colonies, especially during “termite season” in the spring.

Alates can be identified by the following traits:

  • Wings: Unlike other termites, these are the only type that have wings and can fly. Be mindful, though, termite swarmers shed their wings once they pair with a mate. Finding the wings themselves is a strong sign that a colony has already started.
  • Shape: Because they have wings, termite swarmers are commonly mistaken for flying ants. Ants, however, have bent antennae, and each set of their wings has a different shape. Termite alates have two sets of uniformly teardrop-shaped wings.
  • Body: Another way to differentiate termites from ants is in their straighter bodies. Ants appear to have “waists” that pinch in their abdomens. Termites have straighter bodies.

Termite Prevention Tips

Since swarmers are looking for ideal places to form a new colony, it’s important to know what attracts them to your home. Here are some things you can do to make your property less attractive than the others on the block:

  • Moisture Control: Termites love damp areas that provide waterlogged wood that’s easy to chew through. Fix leaking pipes immediately and make sure that wood isn’t getting damp from condensation buildup.
  • Soil: While swarmers fly, the rest of their colony of common subterranean termites burrow underground. They dig to gain access to wood in the foundations and walls of your home. Flowerbeds or other sources of soil that run right up to the home provide easy access for termites. Keeping soil at least 18-inches away from wooden materials is crucial in limiting access.
  • Frequent inspection: Swarmers are often the first sign of a newly forming colony. However, they can also be a sign of a fully mature one that’s already inside your walls. Since these areas are inaccessible and normally out of sight, only routine professional inspections can provide total peace of mind.

Swarmers Already Inside? Act Fast!

Because swarmers are the most obvious sign of termite activity, it’s important to seize the moment and deal with the problem quickly. Don’t waste time on household or store-bought methods that might not work. Even one swarmer left alive, means the problem will just return in force.

Instead, turn to the pros for fast, effective termite solutions and prevention. If you see swarmers themselves, or their discarded wings, it’s even more important to turn to the experts right away. Our technicians can provide you with complete termite control. They can routinely inspect your home and implement prevention measures so you know that termites will never be a problem.

Don’t risk losing your property to the dangerous and irreversible damage that termites can cause. Call Red Rock Pest Control at the first sign of termite activity.


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