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Termite Swarmer – Termite Swarming

Termite Swarmer

Termite Swarmer

Termites are the most important wood-destroying structural pests in Eastern North Carolina.  According to estimates, they do between $2 billion are spent annually in the United States controlling or preventing termite infestations. In Eastern North Carolina, our main problem is with the Subterranean Termite Swarmer.

Eastern Subterranean Termite Facts:

  • Eastern Subterranean termite colonies can range from  10,000 to a high of 5 million termites, with an average of 250,000.
  • The termite queen will lay between 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year.
  • A termite Queen can live between 20 – 30 years.
  • Termites eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can live 2 years.
  • Eastern Subterranean Termites feed on cellulose material such as wood, cardboard, paper, and books.
  • A single colony of termites can eat up to 1,000 pounds of wood each year. (a 2″x 4″x 8′ weighs 13 pounds – based on average moisture content) Termites can eat 76 2×4’s a year.
  • Termite colonies have sort of a caste system in which there are workers, soldiers, and reproductives
  • Termites never developed any kind of immunity to pesticides.

Signs of Termite Swarmer Activity

Termites Swarm in the daytime from Later February to June in Eastern North Carolina, on hot warm days (70°F +) and following rain. Swarmers are found around landscape timbers, tree stumps, and wood piles. When termites swarm indoors they will fly toward lights and windows.  They will land and shed their wings, this is an indication there is an infestation somewhere within your home the presence of mud tubes will confirm the infestation.

Swarming Termites

If you see swarming termites don’t panic and call for a free Termite Estimate (252)523-8255