Termite Swarm

What is Termite Swarm Season?

Each year social insects like termites and carpenter ants have a time where the young leave the colony, strike out on their own and try to make it in the world.  Think of it as graduation for these pesky insects.  It is known as the swarm, and it typically happens in the spring—coincidentally, at the same time the forsythias bloom their cheery yellow blossoms.  

 

What’s flying around my yard?

As the winter winds down, populations in healthy termite colonies begin to swell, and the young prepare to leave, growing wings for their journey into the great wide open.  They hide out in the dirt, waiting for conditions to be perfect—warm weather, damp soil and low winds.  When things line up, they spring out of the nest and fly out to hook up, breed and settle down to raise a termite family of their own.  The bad news is that if you see these swarming termites, chances are you already have a healthy population of wood destroyers on your property.

 

Why are there so many winged insects around my window?

The hormone-driven winged termites are programmed to seek light, so there is often a conglomeration of them around windows, doors or lights.  If they have wings you know they are swarming from a colony nearby.

 

What do I do if I see flying termites?

Don’t panic.  Call Ace Walco right away and schedule a free inspection.  We will send a certified professional over right way to check it out.  Because termites are so aggressive it is important not to waste any time.

 

Spring Pest Preparation Tips

The vernal equinox comes on March 20th of this year, marking the astronomical first day of spring.  As the rays of the sun begin to hit the earth at higher angles, the snow melts and the animal kingdom begins their seasonal awakening.  This can mean trouble for homeowners, but there are some things you can do to prevent springtime pest invasions.

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What's This Bug In My Cereal?

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Top 6 Natural Pest Prevention Tips

When it comes to protecting our homes, its important to find ways of reducing the introduction of chemicals and toxins.  But are there natural remedies that can prevent pests from becoming an issue?  Certainly.  And below you can read about the top 6 recommendations for reducing both pests and chemicals from your home.

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6 Tips for Holiday Pest Prevention

Holiday travel season is just around the corner, and whether you are the one hitting the road or the host with the most, follow these tips to keep your holidays pest-free.

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