Termites can show up in your space and stealthily go about their destructive work of destroying the structural soundness of your house or building. But these are the worker termites not to be confused by their larger flying cousins that are also known as swarmer. Swarmers typically appear after a rain storm that is followed by sunny weather. If it rains at night they will swarm a lighting fixture thinking that it is the sun.
Here is a fun fact about flying termites: they are a rich source of protein consisting of 38% protein not to mention the calcium, amino acids and zinc that they also possess in reasonable quantities. The species found in Venezuela has 64% protein. These little creatures can be very nutritious when they are not being harbingers of the bad news that you are probably having or about to have an infestation of the worker termites.
Seeing termites flying around your compound may signify you have timber that is damaged by the worker termites. This should be especially concerning if the termites appear to be coming from indoors. Outdoor sighting signify that they have already reproduced and their young may be burrowing looking for a way to reach the timber in your structure.
Termites with wings tend to fly most in the spring as the temperatures start to rise. The change in temperature prompts the young adult termites to leave their nests. The termites leaving the nest at this time are sexually mature and looking to make their own colony. The males will find a female, break off her wings and mate with her effectively becoming the king and queen of the new colony. Interestingly the queen will outlive the king living even up to 30 or more years.
Protect your home from termites
Take care of moisture in the house by containing leaks like drainage leaks and excessive condensation in the basements and other parts of the house.
Remove moisture damaged wood from your space like remnants of wood or timber used in construction because these attract the termites.
Make sure if you have a wood shed or timber in your compound it doesn’t have direct contact with the soil. Also keep mulch away from the foundation of your buildings including areas like the tool shed or outhouse.
Never keep firewood stacked up near the house as this attracts. Construct an elevated area for the wood further away from the house.
Only use treated wood when building and also for wood furniture to be used in the house. This includes the benches and tables used outdoors during barbeques.
Winged termites are not a threat to you or your property in any way. They do not eat the wood and they can be easily gotten rid of compared to the worker termites. You can destroy their nest which is usually visible on a hill. Pour some orange oil into their nest to disorient them and scatter their population. Remember that seeing a swarm of winged termites means the destructive worker termites are not far behind.