You’ve spotted sawdust-like deposits near the baseboards in your home. You’ve heard ominous munching coming from the walls. You may have even found mysteriously warped wood around your window frames.
You’re pretty sure it’s termites. Only – now you’ve found strange, disembodied wings around the perimeter of your home.
Termites may seem like innocuous little white ants, mostly destroying your neighborhood trees, but did you know they’re also sneaky shapeshifters with a unique lifecycle that involves flight? Yes, these pests can have wings – and flying termites are often a sign that your termite problem may already be bigger than you realized!
Read on to find out more about the unique lifecycle of these unwelcome house guests and what you can do if you’ve spotted flying termites in or around your home.
A Unique Lifecycle
We’ve all learned about lifecycles in school, from the caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation to the metamorphosis from tadpole to frog. Somehow, we all seem to have missed the lesson about the termite. Flying termites are one stage in this lifecycle.
Like most insects, termites hatch from eggs, then move into a nymph stage. By the time they develop into larvae, they are already working as part of the termite colony, contributing to the task of destroying your home.
It’s when these larvae mature that we usually begin paying attention. Mature larvae change color, gain a harder outer body, and, yes – develop wings.
The wings are the sign that termites are ready to reproduce, and they do this by swarming with other flying termites. It is only after this process has taken place that termites shed their wings and become the flightless, pale, ant-shaped visitors we’ve all come to expect.
If you have found termite wings in or around your home, there’s a good chance that this lifecycle is playing out on a loop inside of your walls, and it may be time to take action. Why? Termite damage can cause $5 billion of damage annually!
You Have Flying Termites – Now What?
If the sight of winged termites has clued you into a possible pest infestation, it’s probably time to contact local pest control services.
While it may gross you out, saving any dead termites, or any of the shed flying termite wings can help pest control experts to verify whether termites are the problem.
If you have seen termites in flight, you should act fast. Why? Termites only have wings during the mating portion of their lifecycle, so winged termites are almost always a sign that you already have a problem – and that more problems are on their way!
If you are proactive, however, and access pest control services efficiently, you can stop your flying termite infestation in its tracks!
Fascinating and Frightening
Although flying termites are definitely not a great sign for homeowners, knowledge of their fascinating lifecycle can save you a lot of money and stress. If you notice signs of these pests, be proactive!
If you’re interested in learning more facts about the world around you, check out some other posts here on our blog!