Flying termites are winged insects that consume cellulose based plant materials. These insects can cause severe structural damage to any property. Furniture, house foundations, shelves, and books, are possible feeding sites for these termites. This post discusses ways to prevent flying termites swarming outside or inside your home. How to Identify Termite Damage?

How to Prevent Flying Termite Infestation in your Property

Following are some indications that your property might have a flying termite infestation:

  • A swarm of winged insects with straight and beaded antennae
  • Mud concentrations on wooden beams and exterior walls
  • Cracked wood or paint
  • Frass (termite droppings)
  • Blisters on laminated floors
  • Holes in the carpet
  • Buckles on ceilings that appear as slight water damage
  • Cavities and holes on walls

How to Get Rid of Flying Termites in Your House

Although flying termites are stubborn insects that refuse to leave your premises, the following preventive measures can help you curb their infestation to a certain extent.

    1. Eliminate Moisture: You can get rid of moisture problems in following ways:
      • Repair leaky faucets, pipes, A/C units
      • Clean gutters and downspouts
      • Seal entry points around water pipes in your property
      • Get rid of water accumulated on the roof


  1. Remove Termite Feeding Materials: You can remove the following termite feeding sources.
    • Remove plant debris and wood mulch from the garden or porch
    • Remove firewood pile, paper, or lumber away from infested areas. In winter, if you keep wood outside the home, raise it above the ground to avoid any kind of soil contact.
    • Remove infested trees and wooden stumps from your property

Flying termites are attracted to light sources, and are mostly active during spring time. These insects quickly reproduce and form colonies, spreading infestation throughout the area. The termite infestation remains unnoticed for about five years. So by the time you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms the damage has already been done. After taking all the necessary precautionary steps mentioned above, it is always better to contact any reliable flying termite exterminators in your area. You can schedule an appointment with them to understand the severity of the damage, as well as effective ways to get rid of flying termites from your property.

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