Termite season is in full swing here in Murfreesboro and surrounding areas. Most of the calls we are fielding this week are in regards to active termite swarms. We have had calls from Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Smyrna, Rockvale, and Murfreesboro. The termites are swarming now that the weather is warming up, the humidity is high, and the sun is beginning to shine. Termites swarm in order to establish a new colony. When the termites swarm and leave the existing colony, they fly towards the sunlight in search of a mate. If the termites swarm outside, they will drift in the wind, land, break off their wings, locate a mate, and return back into the soil to begin a new colony. But, the termites that swarm inside will usually fly towards windows and other light sources. They will all die if they are unable to find a mate and return to soil. When this happens, most homeowners will usually find the swarmer termites and wings around the windows, doors, or lights. This is an indication that an inspection and treatment is needed. Here is a photo of termite shelter tubes that our technician found in a crawl space at a house in Christiana that had an active termite swarm on Friday.
The swarming termites are not the real problem in a home, it is the worker termites hidden inside the walls that concern us. They are the ones that feed on the cellulose (wood) of your home and cause the damage. The worker termites are responsible for building the tunnels, feeding the colony, and all of the general duties of the colony, The workers are the termites that get the work done! But the swarming termites are definitely a sign that you have a problem! When you see the termite swarmers, it is time to call The Bug Man. When our trained technicians arrive on site, they will inspect the home, note their findings, review the information with the property owner, answer any questions, and provide a solution for the termite infestation. The Bug Man uses Termidor HE for all of our termite treatments. Termidor has been proven as the best termite solution in the industry, and that is why The Bug Man has teamed up with the makers of Termidor, BASF.