What are termites with wings and how to avoid them

Ever heard about flying termites? Oh yes, they exist. Learn what termites with wings are and some tips on how to avoid them

Termites invade our homes both during dry seasons and rainy seasons! Unfortunately, our country – India, has optimal weather conditions that make it easy for termites to be active all year long.

After all, why should you worry about flying termites? If you see flying termites around or inside your home, it really should act as a warning sign for 2 potential threats. You may already have an existing termite problem, or Your home may be at risk of potential termite infestation

The actual swarmer’s themselves do not cause damage. It is their offspring, which have the power to damage your property once they land back on solid ground and search for a suitable location to start a new colony. If they are successful within two years they can begin causing significant damage to your home.


Do termites fly?

Yes, they can, but not all of them can fly. Termites don’t fall into the flying insect category like wasps and/or mosquitoes do as only a small set of termites can fly, and only do so for a short period of time before losing their wings.

A termite colony is split into groups known as castes. Each caste has a particular role in the colony. The 4 castes of a termite colony are:

• Termite King & Queen

• Workers

• Soldiers

• Alates / flying termites / winged termites (also known as Laron by Indonesians)

Out of the termite castes, it is only the alates that can fly, being the only ones equipped with wings. These are the only termites that are sexually developed and are the future kings and queens of the next season’s termite colonies. The flying patterns and habits of termites are known as swarms.


When do flying termites come out?

Flying termites are attracted to light. We’ve all seen this very often in everyday life – after a rain shower, we found that a group of flying insects start to swarm closer to sources of light like street lamps or your home’s fluorescent lights. After a couple of minutes, this group of flying insects has discarded their wings and start to crawl without their wings around on the floor for an unspecified time before they eventually die.

While it’s not easy to spot if you have termites at home, flying termites are one of the clearest signs of a termite problem and they could mean trouble to you and your home! When winged termites emerge from the nest to take flight, all of a sudden, you are presented with a very obvious, and not at all subtle, sign of termites.


What do flying termites look like?

Flying termites differ in appearance from other flying insects and can be identified by examining them closely. Flying termites appear in a range of colours depending on the species.

Generally, flying termites appear in the same beige/tan colour as the other termite castes.

They have two antennae which are often straight with a slight curve and have two sets of wings which are equal in length and white and translucent in colour with a veiny appearance. Termites, in general, can be defined by their body shape. Both flying termites and wingless termites have a thick body made up of one part. Termites do not have a constriction between their thorax and abdomen like ants do.

Here are some additional tips to keep away your homes from being termite infested.


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