Many times one does not realize the existence of the termite infestation until it is invaded by flying termites. And although they are often confused with flying ants, their differences are visible if they are carefully observed, but we will talk about that later, we will only mention that the ants have three different segments in their bodies while the termites have only two: your head and your body.
Flying termites are quite visible when they make their nuptial flight. Their swarms are stimulated by the rains and by the warm or humid temperatures, these appear when they reproduce males and females with wings so that they migrate, reproduce and become independent.
After their nuptial flights the flying termites that were fertilized lose their wings and consequently establish new colonies. If you see a termite flying around your house means that it reached its maturity in its colony of origin, so it will be necessary a professional treatment for their respective extermination.
Flying termite swarm in house
- Generally, flying termites gather in swarms in the spring and early summer seasons, but not all of them create or swarm at the same time, for example wet wood termites and dry wood termites do so in the summer . They form their swarms according to the favorable conditions of time.
- In some places where the climate varies constantly swarms can be made during all times of the year, some of the species of flying termites seek more moisture than others, and the sequences of swarms are only for weeks or different times of the day.
- The swarms of flying termites are linked to the flora of certain trees because in some cases the species of subterranean termites of the east make their swarms when the first flowers of the buds of the trees of the Silky Corn come forth.
The differences between flying termites and flying ants
Next we will name some of the detailed characteristics that differentiate flying termites from flying ants:
- Flying termites have a thick waist and very straight antennae, their two pairs of wings are the same size and these are detached after they have left their nest of origin or swarm. These termites usually abound in the early spring or when the weather is rainy or hot.
- Flying ants, on the other hand, have a very narrow waist and fairly bent antennas, and are often mistaken for swarms of flying termites. Ants have two pairs of wings just like termites but one pair is larger than the other and they usually never come off of their bodies. And according to their species they can fly in swarms during all seasons of the year.
Flying termites have:
- Straight antennas.
- Wings of the same size.
- Straight abdomen.
Flying ants have:
- Bent antennas.
- Pairs of wings of different sizes.
- Abdomen very thin.