Mid-spring is usually the time when termite colonies begin to swarm. The swarming process involves king and queen termites on their mating flight. Afterward, the new pairs find a new home. The best time to look for a new infestation of termites is after a rain in late spring. However, a termite check every season is a good way to be proactive.
Homes Are Good Eating
In early spring, you might not notice that termites have moved in with you. By mid-summer, there might be more signs of termite infestation. There are a few things to look for after swarming occurs. Those include:
- Discarded wings – Termites fly when mating otherwise, they are wingless. Once they find a new home, they shed their wings. If you see groups of insect wings around cracks in your foundation, then chances are that a new colony of termites is eating your home.
- Granules of wood on your floorboards, window sills, or inside light covers. Those are not granules of wood; they are most likely termite poop – frass. If you see this in your home, then you are looking at bits of your home that termites have eaten, digested, and excreted.
- New holes in the wooden parts of your home. Typically, in window sills, but sometimes around the space where your home connects to its’ foundation.
If you are unsure what to look for, or what you find is questionable, just give us a call. We do home termite inspections.
New Termite Infestations
It is much better to discover that your home has a termite infestation while the colony is still small and the damage to your home is minimal. That is why it is a good idea to do a self-check for termites at least every season. For Bryan and College Station, Texas, this is a service that we offer.
A large colony of subterranean termites can eat as much as an eight-foot-long 2×4 every two days.  How much termites eat depends on the size of the colony and where the colony occurs. For most Bryan, Texas homeowners, it does not matter how much termites eat. What matters is that termites are chewing up homes.
If you think you have a termite infestation, reach out to our professionals and schedule a free home inspection.